Monday, 25 April 2011

Punched In The Stomach.

In the past week, I feel as though I have been punched in the stomach. Having been out of a job for quite some time now, a vacancy appeared at a company I used to work for. I should never have left that job in the first place, but here was a chance to rectify that mistake with a possible return. However, an email was sent to me barely more than an hour after the job application was sent, saying I was unsuccessful.

Before opening the email, I presumed it was a confirmation of my application being received. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read it... that other candidates were a closer match to the key criteria. I honestly stared at the email for a couple of minutes in disbelief, before putting my head in my hands. Having worked there before, surely my criteria was as close as possible to what was required. I would love to see the other candidates' application forms. I wasn't even worthy of an interview. If I had one, I could have put forward my case, explaining why I left and how my return would be beneficial to them as well as me.

Rather than the same worded reply to each unsuccessful applicant, my reply should have simply said, "We don't want you back." If they did want me back, I would surely have received an interview. In my opinion, everybody deserves a second chance in life, and I feel I deserved a second chance here. Unfortunately, the powers that be think differently. It's a punch in the stomach, but I have to soldier on and find something different. At the moment, I have no idea what.

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