- I want to avoid working long hours, five days per week, unless it is for an internship . I have a lot of new experiences and course I want to fit in and I want time to myself and for my family.
- I do not want to be a tiny cog in the enormous grinding machinery of large Bank or Corporate. I want to have a voice and feel that what I am doing is important.
- I want to enjoy the work I do and believe in the product/business.
Sadly, searching for work that matches all three of these criteria is not easy. For a start, full-time is very much the norm even in a small company. Making sure I am passionate about the business also limits the number of applications I have made. To find a niche I have been focussing on the start-up world.
- A ‘young dynamic start-up’ who are actually already quite a big company. Application submitted via Jobvite. Disappointing experience, impersonal automated e-mail saying they will contact you if there is a match, followed by another automated e-mail 5 weeks later saying they will not be taking my application any further. 2/10 for having a response, all be it automated
- Unpaid internship at a well known women’s magazine who also wanted a photo attached to the application (why? A way of filtering out older/uglier people?). No response, no acknowledgement, nothing. 0/10
- Application submitted on spec to a small company saying they have no vacancies but would love to hear from people who think they have something to offer. No response, no acknowledgement, nothing 0/10
- Application to a small, local company, advertising on a Mum’s website. Age no issue here as I actually had an interview (yaaayyy go me). However, I didn’t hear back until I asked for some feedback two weeks later. 5/10 for the personal touch and some late feedback.
- Finally, the application for the internship that I really wanted, at Escape The City. Applicants were told a closing date, a date when they would hear back, and applications were acknowledged. I was rejected (but nicely) on the day they said they would, and they took the time to put together a blog post on the 50 applications they had received. Gutted not to get the role (probably more gutted because they were so nice about it), but 8/10 for treating all applicants like human beings and setting a time frame.
So, one interview and 5 rejections so far. I give myself 2/10, must try harder. If you are also going through automated job applications I would love to hear how you are getting past the first hurdle and getting interviews!