Last week, I wrote a post about passion. And this week my motivation is below zero. I guess a newcomer’s emotional status can’t be stable for a long time! But it is important to share both frustrations and motivations because we need to accept all are normal.
Accepting the fact that some people are just rude…
Anyway, recently I applied a company in literature/publishing industry and I thought preparing a resume looks like a book and writing about my experience as a short story is a good idea. So after spending few hours working on it, I applied for the job.
I also wrote a separate email to Hiring Manager introducing myself and telling why I might be “the one”. (For those who don’t know Hiring Manager is the one who you will work for if you get the job, not HR.) This is a well-known and valid method for job applicants, however, I have some suspicions that in Sweden somehow it doesn’t work and it might even have a negative effect – I am still trying to figure out, so, for now lets just say it’s not a guaranteed method for Swedish market.
Back to the topic – I prepared this application and applied from the system and also sent an email to Hiring Manager. Since I’m looking jobs in HR sometimes those Hiring Manager and HR person can be the same but it is not for sure.
Here comes the frustration!
The Hiring Manager sent me this email as a reply:
sorry but this is not the way to apply for the job. Please go to …(website link)…
This is definitely not the way you interact with candidates… And it’s really sad since this is an HR manager who should know the importance of relations and all applicants deserve a decent conversation, especially if they spend time to learn more about your company and prepare a special application for you.
There are so many wrongs with this short email. She didn’t even bothered to write my name after “Hi” part but maybe I should be thankful that she wrote “Hi” at least. Or she didn’t write any “thanks” – how hard can it be? It’s really a sloppy email. And as HR, our number one priority is “people” – if I can’t have time to write a decent message to a candidate who is interested in my company, there is absolutely no reason for me to do this job.
The silver lining part is that- generally I mention in my email that I also applied through the system but this time somehow I forgot. But by this way, now I know how she would be as a manager if I got the job. And, for this reason, I’m truly thankful for her reply even if I feel sorry about missing another job opportunity.
P.S. On the same day of this email, she also sent me an automated rejection email from the system. But I guess it would be too naive to expect from her to write something more personal to a candidate you just sent an email in the morning.
Emotionally, the most hard part of searching for a job in another country is knowing you’re good at what you’re doing but since nobody knows you or your former companies, you had to deal with bad companies/people and find a way to keep your motivation high no matter what!
Feel free to share your frustrations, sharing is always helpful to move on 🙂