I am a 26-year-old post-graduate who has worked for a year straight after having their Master’s degree in Communications. I took care of guests’ children in hotels, I had experience from previous summer camps and it’s the first company that interviewed me. Of course, it was not the worse job in the world, especially as I got to live in a country I’d never been to before. But after a year working crazy hours, I wanted to find something that corresponds to my studies more and that would enable me to have a more stable life. The past few months saw me go from a “super motivated” mode to gradually succumb to disenchantment. Why?
When you are young and you want to work, it is understandable to be disappointed when you get countless NOs. But you know you’re applying for a lot of jobs and, eventually, something will come up. All my life I was lead to believe that if I studied hard and I was good at school, I would be able to find a good job after university. That was not taking into consideration that there might be no jobs left when I left. Maybe it’s my fault and I should have picked something where I was sure to find a job, where there were actual prospects, even if I hated doing it. But I saw my mum working all her life and not liking her job, because she let go of her dreams too soon. Aren’t regrets the worst?
Now, there are some jobs available in my field but you need experience – before you even get experience. But this is not the worst part and the actual point of the article is this: the worse part is getting no response. Even when you do get a reply, you rarely get feedback. It’s as if your partner broke up with you by not giving any news anymore, or giving you no reason at all. I understand that a lot of people apply but, if they’re like me, they put a lot of time and effort into CVs and cover letters. Being like that, it’s SO disheartening to get zero feedback. Did they find someone more suited? Was someone well ahead the recruitment process before me? Wasn’t my cover letter convincing enough?
WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
Simply giving feedback would allow candidates not only to readjust their application documents with constructive comments from companies, but they would also spend less time worrying and trying to guess what they did wrong. For companies who don’t even bother to send a simple message saying the candidate has not been picked – to me that’s just impolite and disrespectful. At least when you get those messages you don’t have feedback but you know where to stand pretty quickly and you don’t lose time trying to follow up on these jobs. This is very true for France, my country; I found that applying in the UK and Ireland, a lot of companies would at least answer you when you apply.
I know applying for jobs is not exactly like having a relationship with someone but it is frustrating and disheartening to get close to no response when you try your best and you put a lot of effort in trying to get that job. I also understand that recruiters don’t necessarily have time to reply to everyone but maybe they could try; because this is how it feels to be on the other side of the mailbox.
Is it that there really isn’t enough time, or is it that we live in a society where rejection is taboo so we don’t even bother? Do we really need all these degrees or should we start working earlier, being trained within a company, to get the experience employers want us to have when stepping out of university? I don’t know what the solution is to the current employment crisis, but I hope it gets better. After five years of studies, I feel hopeless… like I wasted my time. I know I didn’t, but that’s what it feels like. Nonetheless, I am worried about the future but I’ll keep smiling and hoping I will find a job where I will bring a smile to every single day. Or is it too much to ask?
What do you think?