I received another rejection letter the other day. I’m not sure how many that makes now…a lot. A few hundred anyway, over the past year or so. Those are just the replies; some don’t even bother to do that.
It was a nice rejection letter, if such a thing even exists. It carried this message:
“We wish to point out that this is no reflection on your potential but only reflects our present constraints in the way of offering you a position befitting your education and capabilities. “
If I understand correctly, I am over-qualified for the advertised position. That would feel really great if it weren’t for the fact that I am left in my current employment/financial position by default which, let’s face it, I got paid yesterday, paid my rent, put gas in my car and my bank balance is now hovering at about $7.00. I haven’t even put food on the table.
You know, I had an interview with the government a couple of months ago. Not only did I NOT get the job, I was also kicked out of the hiring pool. Wow. What could I possibly have done that warranted being kicked out of the hiring pool? So I called and asked them for some feedback. Well, it turns out they score three different skill levels and one of them centers around being able to direct the client towards a goal that the worker, not the client themselves, has decided is best pursued by the client.
That’s the part I didn’t do so well on…and I really understand why. I know I wouldn’t be any good at convincing someone to do something they don’t want to do, especially another adult…maybe even an adult with children, maybe even grown children. How demoralizing. I would much rather help someone achieve their dream than leave them with the impression that their dream is not worth fulfilling. But, if one works for the government, I suppose that makes sense. The government is not in the business of dream-fulfilling; their agenda is a little drier than that.
Maybe I’m just not cut out for it. I mean, I applied for government work for a few reasons: job security, a living salary and a desire to make things better for society and I have some definite ideas about how to accomplish that. What I lack is opportunity. And I’ve applied for so many jobs and received so many rejection letters that, if I didn’t know any better, I would think I wasn’t qualified to do much of anything at all. But, thankfully I do know better. So, since I DO know better, what IS the problem?