Part of my role involves me picking up those who are having a pretty rough time of it in the job market, and I thought I’d share with you one such email from someone who didn’t make the bookcareers.com job club meeting today.
“I’m sorry I didn’t make it to the meeting today.
Prepare yourself for a tale of woe! Due to unforseen traffic jams my bus journey to the station took twice as long as anticipated, and then when I got there I saw that the next train wasn’t due for another twenty minutes, the journey into town itself would take a further twenty minutes and then I’d still need to take the tube and… and it suddenly seemed like the biggest drama in the world! Following a job rejection on Friday and three yesterday I’m feeling a bit down and just decided the universe obviously hated me (poor me!) and I’d be so late getting to you that there wasn’t any point so I turned around and came home again. To make sure the cosmos knew what it was putting me through I then threw myself on my bed and sobbed heartily for a good fifteen minutes, but was then forced to stop as I could no longer breathe through my nose.
It is ridiculous, there are people struggling far more than me, or battling illness (not to mention poor old Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, her debut solo album FAILED TO MAKE THE TOP 40!!! Can you imagine?) so I’m trying to be positive but, sometimes it just gets on top of me and I wallow in self-pity. But not for too long, I get bored with myself after a while.
Anyway, I apologise for allowing my inner drama-queen to take over. I hope you had a good meeting and that someone at least has had better luck on the job front.”
I particularly wanted to share this, so you know if you are going through a traumatic job search you are not alone. I’m pleased to report we’ve since had a chat and things don’t seem so bad (!). We’ll also be reviewing the job applications that didn’t work for her to see where we can make some improvements. Fingers crossed the next job she applies for will be the one with her name on it.