I've started sending an email BACK to the HR person asking what specifically made them not consider me. I ask for the feedback so it will help me with the next application. To my surprise, most of them have actually responded and then said they are keeping my application on file. Not that it has lead to an offer from that company, but I can keep hoping that they may remember me when the next position comes up.
I've done more applications than I can count, and the only rejection "letters" I've ever received are curt little email responses, vaguely informing me that I didn't "match" the position.
I agree, though - I much rather receive even that vague little email than nothing at all. It's like having so many loose ends flying around, making a mess of things. I like to know which of my options are dead ends, and mentally assign them a "case closed" status.
I understand how incredibly flooded HR folks are, though. Even after all the filtering and whatnot that most applications go through these days, anyone accepting applications gets waves and waves of them from the huge number of people who are unemployed, and even from people who are employed, but are looking for something better.
I could wall paper my apartment with the number of rejection letters I have received, but I no longer have the apartment nor do I keep the letters.
I received one today from a Hospitality company I applied at the beginning of this month. Kudos to them for getting back to me at all ~ it is more then most companies go these days ~ but when I realized that had I gotten the job, I would have had to move to Fargo North Dakota, I was not too disappointed.
Don't misunderstand, I would move to ANY part of the country right now, but North Dakota in the winter would have been a challenge.
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