No answer, is not an answer…

Being a job seeker is most definitely one of those uncomfortable times in life… whether you lost your job because of a pandemic crisis or made a bet on finding a better position and a better life, you can’t help feeling bare naked, vulnerable and to the mercy of those employers on the market.

Sometimes, things flow… you leave your old job, you seize the perfect opportunity and you get it straight away.

However, most of the time, success comes with unprecedented consistency in believing in yourself and your applications.

But how… how are we supposed to believe in ourselves when we feel weak, distressed by the uncertainty of tomorrow? When, in the glimpse of an eye, all sort of normality has vanished and you are at home hoping for the last application to finally work out. Because, let us face it, you might have the soft skills (yes ! You are organized, on time and a great co-worker) AND you have the hard skills through your experience or your training, … BUT it’s your 5th application and you have had no answer at all.

Not even a no.

Dear HR manager, how cruel is that ?

I mean, you do know that I have taken 2 hours to write this personal cover letter, an extra hour to modify my resume ? Have you not yourself applied for a job one day ? Is it a lack of time ? Or, maybe, just a lack of consideration… and this is hurtful. To me, job seeker, because I know I am intelligent enough to understand a rightful no as an answer and this « no » might give me the courage to write my next application. To you, employer, because it obviously will tarnish your image as a trustworthy and considerate company someone would want to work with ! You should definitely take those extra 1 or 5 minutes to write or call your applicants. Let them know that you have found a better suited candidate but that this applicant you are turning down is worth an answer.

 

As a job seeker, there are 3 lessons to bare in mind :

  1. What does not kill us makes us stronger. Believe in yourself, consistency is everything, never give up.
  2. Your application has joined the « no treatment pile », learn from your mistakes : ask for advice might it be your mentor, a coach, a professional.
  3. If you get a « no » as an answer, do not forget to write back with a « thank you for taking the time » note… I remember this one candidate who finally got the job just because of that ! Do not forget that, soft skills, are not only the employers’ main distinction between 2 equally qualified candidates but are also much more valuable now on the employment market, use it.

 

So, now is the time to roll up our sleeves and go back to our resumes, our letters, our applications. Now is the time to dream for a better future and help one another … don’t you think ?

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