Monday, July 13, 2009

Professional Rejection

In terms of job applications, I'm being rejected by a lot of places these days. And that's fine; I understand how these things go, and while it's not exactly personal, someone else was deemed more suited/better qualified/a better match, etc. I've gotten some very politely worded letters in the mail from schools and colleges stating that the positions for which I've applied have been filled, with no real reason given. I really do understand that applying for teaching positions by nature is competitive, especially for English and writing teachers, and especially given the job market.

Being that I've broadened my job search, there's a whole new range of employment to be rejected from. However, this afternoon was a new one for me: I was one of 69 CC'd recipients who was e-mailed a rejection notice that simply said: "Thank you for your interest in our open position. The committee has reviewed your materials and determined that the position is not appropriate for you at this time." No personalization, and the phraseology itself was a bit odd. The only thing I can determine from this e-mail is that the position would have been at a Christian church. In no way can my religious background be ascertained from my resume, so I'm curious as to how the position would not be appropriate. (In very specific situations I mention having volunteered as a catechist for elementary school-aged children at a previous parish, but I mention this only when applying for a teaching job that might involve younger children.)

In any case, I can't even remember which position it was I applied for, but since the position was not appropriate I suppose it doesn't matter. One rejectee responded to the entire list, asking to be kept in mind for future positions. To his credit, the fellow who initially e-mailed the rejection notice to everyone realized what had happened about 45 minutes later and sent an apology - via BCC.

1 comment:

  1. When I started teaching it was easier, now it has become definitely difficult to get a position as a teacher in Italy too. They form classes of 30/32 students ( especially in big schools in big cities) to save money! How can those students learn how to speak a foreign language? But they are not at all interested in the quality of education, of course. I hope you will get the answers you expect very soon! MG