Guest blog by Shannon Cooper
After being officially unemployed for over a year now, I have a pretty large folder of rejection letters… well, not really, since I don’t actually save them. However, I have some general thoughts and advice to those in management or human resources positions that do follow this blog.
Being unemployed for any length of time is hard enough, finding an interior design job in this economy is even harder. Rejection letters are first and foremost, in a sense, appreciated, since most companies don’t even send them anymore. The point I’m trying to make here is, although rejection letters are hard to write, and hard for us job-seekers to receive, the effort which you put forth to write one means something. The letter can and should be thoughtful and professional. I especially appreciate the heartfelt, sincere, and “custom” per say, rejection letter. Acknowledging my name somewhere other than the address block, or referencing a strong quality I presented, is a little softer blow. I can appreciate that form of rejection letter and let down so much easier than when the rejection letter isn’t so… generic, and my address block wasn’t just inserted.
Personally, I would prefer not to see anymore rejection letters (meaning, I actually got the job)! For now, I want to thank to those of you writing personal rejection letters and taking the time to do so.