Tuesday April 19, 2016

Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You

I have been looking for work. Specifically, I have been applying for various technical writing or editing positions, primarily contract or long-term remote.

The process tends to go like this:

  1. I see a job posting that looks interesting (or, alternatively), I get email from a recruiter / sourcing agency.
  2. I respond with a cover letter and a resume.
  3. Repeat ad nauseum.
Occasionally, if I was initially contacted by a recruiter, I might get a call, or email, asking a few questions: "When can you start? What rate do you want? What is your birth month and the last three digits of your SSN?"

Sometimes, I'll even get a "thanks for your application" form letter.

More often than not, however, I get crickets.

It's a good thing that I am an active reader of Ask A Manager. I'm learning to accept the advice to "move on the minute after you send your application". If I didn't accept it, I would be going quietly mad! After a week or so, I move the posting to my "closed" folder.

Still, the game gets old. It's no fun to apply, over and over and over gain, and hear... nothing. Did they get my application? Did my email get stuck in a spam folder? Is there anyone out there? Helloooooo?

The most depressing Invisible Rejection I've had is the most recent. Again, from reading AskAManager.com, I know that dream jobs are as easy to find as unicorns. But, sometimes, a job description comes along that's a match for what I would have written myself!

Experienced Writer - Personality, Psychology, Personal Development

We run a personality testing site, .... People can take our test and read about their personality types, their behaviors, relationships, careers and so on. Right now, we're looking for someone who would be able to write at least 3-4 articles (1000-1200 words each) per week, mostly on topics related to personality types, personal growth and various attitudes and behaviors. Does this sound like something you have experience with and would enjoy doing? Read on!

I have all of the qualifications. It's even a telecommuting job. So, of course I replied!

I sent them a cover letter that I took extra care to write. I sent them links to the blog posts I've written on Type and Temperament. I sent them a link to my Type & Temperament wiki. I mentioned unicorns (a hoop requirement, "Just checking your attention to detail"). I even fit the unicorns into a grammatically correct sentence that fit my cover letter.

It's been exactly one month since I applied. I never even got a "thank you for your application" note.

It's depressing.

Sadness plop

Well, ok. There is something worse than hearing nothing at all. This is worse:

Rejection email

Wow. "Rigorous minimum standards". I think I'll go out and eat worms.

Or this rejection, in response to "Freelance Writers Needed" posting. I passed the initial application and was asked to submit a sample article, with certain specifications. I did so. Here's the reply:


Perhaps if they had been more clear about what they were "looking for"? I included links to many writing samples with my initial application. Did they not look at any of those before asking me to complete their "exercise"?

I can only guess they didn't like my "style" But with many examples of my style in hand, why ask me to do the exercise at all?

At least the personality testing site didn't write back to tell me I don't fit their "rigorous minimum standards" or my writing is "not what they are "looking for at this time".



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