Just a quick little story today.
A while ago I applied for a job in the state system. I filled out the online application, which basically involved restating my resume in prose form by filling out a series of online form boxes. It was a job that I was extremely qualified for, and my background exactly matched what they said they were looking for.
Well, man plans, God laughs, as they say.
A few weeks later, I got a form letter from the state in the mail that was supposed to list the “score” I received on the initial application. (With the state, they pretend that everything about jobs is impartial and quantifiable.) But in the box where my score would be, it was printed: NOT ELIGIBLE.
I called the number on the form letter, thinking that either this was a mistake (unlikely), or that it was such an outlier that they would have to explain why my application rated NOT ELIGIBLE.
I was heartened at first that they seemed helpful, and promised to call me back with more information.
When they did call back, a very nice lady told me that she called to tell me that the criteria used to judge my eligibility was private or classified or some other HR term.
Thanks – you’ve been helpful!
What lessons are we to learn from this?
- Your humble correspondent is also out there, trying to get a job.
- The chances of getting usable feedback about why you didn’t get any particular job is practically nil.
- Despite this and many other setbacks, press on. “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” as Winston Churchill said. If you read this site, you’re already avoiding a lot of potential pitfalls that other job-seekers are not.
The horrible truth is that job hunting contains many of these little indignities. But it’s not personal. It’s not you. It’s just the system.