The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
When Employers Don’t Respond
You might be unemployed or you might be looking for a new job because you are tired of your current one. You made a decision though. You were tired of your job, your boss, your co-workers, and you updated your resume, your LinkedIn profile. You searched for jobs for months, touch up a general cover letter and a more specialized cover letter to cater to the jobs you really want. You searched Craigslist and Indeed for your next job and there they were: a few of them that really caught your eye. You took the time to research the company, understand the job position, and you may have even brushed up a few items they were looking for which you didn’t have, even if the training was only for an hour or two, you just wanted to be familiar so that once they hired you, you could continue to improve your skills. You sent the email and waited.
A waiting game. That is all it is. You sent our your resume with your cover letter, hoping that you would get a response or at least a phone call back. It never happened though. You never got an email back. You never got a phone call back. You are devastated. It’s the rejection, isn’t it? It hurts. Even a response would have been nice, but you don’t know. Those are the moments I actually enjoy. Why would I ever want to work for an employer that couldn’t take the time to reply back or make a phone call to let you know that they reviewed your application, but didn’t accept you for the job? Even a rejection is better than silence.
I secretly love it when employers don’t respond back. While it is my ultimate goal to only work for myself and my clients, there are times where I find myself needing some extra money and willing to officially work for a company to receive an additional paycheck. At this point in my career, I feel as if I would be doing a certain company a favor by working for them. When you have over 10 years of experience in software engineering and are always willing to learn something new, than there is not really anything you cannot do. Of course, there are plenty of other occupations that also work the same where you have experience beyond everyone else and at that point in your career, despite the paycheck, you are technically doing the company a favor by applying and working there.
It never makes sense to get upset over not getting a job. Sure, it hurts. You might not be qualified enough or you may be overqualified or the company may have just hired someone else before you. That is the way it is in the world of hiring. It gets worse in major cities, especially where the competition of those in your field is in even greater. For example, if you live in San Francisco or even Austin and you apply for a software engineer job, you are likely in competition with about fifty other people. Whereas if you lived in a smaller city, such as Des Moines, Iowa, you might have better luck getting a job in your field. Competition may be fierce and you may be overlooked for whatever reason, but there is never a reason to be too disappointed. Our jobs technically decide our fate and what you do with that fate is up to you.
An unemployed nurse might get a job at a dentist’s office as a dental assistant out of desperation: he or she is now on a slightly different path than working in the emergency room of a hospital. A psychology major, such as myself, attempted to get a job in the field doing anything with psychology, but instead landed a job using a skill they developed when I was twelve years old. I am now ten years into my career as a software engineer and ended up not being in a field directly doing something with psychology, though honestly I use the psychology of advertising everyday. Our job defines who we become, what we do, and how we train ourselves for the rest of our lives.
To be looked over or not called back a job is not the worst thing that could happen to you. Maybe it is a curse in your mind now, but secretly later becomes a blessing in disguise. Whatever the case may be, do not be too upset about not getting a call back for a potential job offer. Instead, use it to your advantage and either apply elsewhere or understand how you can take the experience and turn it into something in which you can use to market yourself so that you can get a job working for a better company. There is nothing wrong with being overlooked by a company or not receiving a call back. Everything just might be leading your fate to be something great.