Running on Empty
After four months of job hunting, I am finding it difficult to be enthusiastic. The words from my heart seem frozen. I have become grumpy and sulky.
As I sat meditating today, it occurred to me that part of my funk was caused by the lack of response I have gotten from the various positions to which I have applied.
Maybe I am showing my age, but I do remember when every applicant received a notice, regardless of whether they were interviewed or not. I know because I used to sent those type of letters out once upon a time. This is, however, no longer the case, which is extremely disheartening.
Let's look at this critically. Back before email and online applications, people had to apply on paper. Administrative assistants typed letters of rejection one by one. It was time consuming, yet, it was a common practice to let people know that they were no longer in the pool of applicants.
Today, we have the benefits of the World Wide Web, email, and online applications. Communications happen in split seconds. An administrative assistant can type one letter, cut/paste it into the email, sending it to whomever in the blink of an eye. Does this happen? No!
In the past four months, I have applied to as many as 20 or 30 positions. From all of those, I have had two acknowledge receipt of my application and one send a note saying, "Thanks, but we hired someone else."
It may seem silly, but that note made my day! Someone was actually acknowledging that I existed. The fact that it was a rejection didn't matter, someone cared enough to write a note to me.
As I said, I came to realize this morning that my funk was due to not hearing anything from anyone in a long time. Fortunately, I am good at rallying my spirits. After a long walk and a sit out in the garden, I am ready to face another day of job searches. Someone out there needs my talents and skills. We just have to find each other!