Monday, August 23, 2010

sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains

in this not-job-hunting process, i've been given my share of NOs. i took them like a kid takes a shot: confused, with some fear and bulged eyes, but told that it builds character. i even had a special few that came with an awesome surprise helping hand or at least with a gift-wrapped confidence boost that i never expected.
but this NO, this NO that i got today for an unsolicited application that i put quite a bit of heart and soul into, this NO is a big NO-NO! 

On 23 August 2010 11:03, this CEO lady wrote:

Hi Letitia

Thanks for your email. However, we're not looking to hire any more people at the moment. I assume that was what you were after.

CEO lady

now, if you don't see anything wrong with that, i suggest you leave and/or give that english some practice. anyway, i was quite sad and confused at the beginning, i wanted to clarify that i wasn't "after" anything, that if she would have even read my application she wouldn't have to assume anything, so i wrote this:

On 23 August 2010 11:27, Letitia wrote and discarded:

Thank you for the reply.
Your assumption was pretty accurate, with the exception that I wasn't after a job, I was looking for a workplace where I can learn and contribute and also for an employer that would read what I have to say before making assumptions. 

All the best,


but i soon realised the futility of actually sending it. of course, with a little help from stellaaaa. so i didn't. but if i'll ever reply ;), this is what i'll write:

On 23 August 2010 11:45, Letitia could have written:

Dear Ms. CEO lady,

Thank you for your reply. I wrote to you because, after researching your company, I saw great potential in a possible cooperation, for both of us. I saw an environment in which I can be at my best and bring positive impact and growth in the company, by using my skills, creativity and passion.
I thought that would be transparent through the application I've sent.

I realise it came unsolicited and might have taken you off guard, but I would like to emphasize one thing - indeed it seems that a cooperation with you is not possible, as I am not "after a job", as you have hastily assumed, but I am after an open minded, opportunity seeking, fast reacting and positively-impacting environment.
Certainly not a place in which a shoe would be more diplomatic and caring than its CEO. 

Thank you,

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Mark Twain


Sofie said...

I would leave out the shoe comment, but everything else... just send it. It might teach her some humility about people who are "after something"... go for it!

prestidigitator said...

Oh no, the shoe comment is essential! It's the cherry on top, the bees knees, the cat's pyjama. ;)