Being unemployed certainly is not what I want to be, as much as I like being home with my children, getting up a little later, and doing laundry at noon, I am a working mom and my family needs two incomes if we want to live the life that we do: go on multiple vacations a year, the occasional dinner out, splurge on a new pair of shoes, not feel completely guilty when I buy my kids some crappy toy they are whining about in 7-11 when I pick up my coffee (oh that too, buying coffee!) – you get the gist. I am not living high on the hog, the average American middle-class family.
And as much as I need a new position, I am also not desperate for a new position either, what I am desperate for is the right position. Ya see when you have to search for a new position, you blanket the job boards with your resume – because as flooded as the job boards are, I know from experience that some pretty amazing recruiters troll those sites, that some pretty outstanding companies with some pretty stellar in-house recruitment departments use those sites to locate qualified candidates (that would be me, I’m a qualified candidate!) but it also automatically opens the flood gates with email solicitations like the one below – when I receive these, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. It’s a waste of my time and it’s a waste of the “recruiters” time. I usually read (cause ya never know!) and delete them, but for some reason, this email ticked off.
So I responded, yes I actually responded and sent the email below
but now this is my
*OFFICIAL OPEN LETTER*
to email job solicitations that I am clearly not a match for:
(it looks official, right?)
Thank you for your email, I appreciate it and your offer to interview but please explain to me why you would think that I would be a great match for the position as a Benefits Consultant, Insurance Agent, Compliance Officer, Customer Service Representative etc… at SAID COMPANY especially when my resume clearly states that I am a Social Media Manager/Strategist?
As great as a company as SAID COMPANY is (I mean, you have to be rock-stars, SAID COMPANYmarketing and advertising strategies/ads are smart, funny and memorable) I believe that, you are doing that company a great disservice by contacting candidates that have absolutely NO experience for this position within SAID COMPANY. Other than being an individual that has experience collaborating with professional at all levels, solid communication skills and well-versed in the corporate environment I have no other skills that would qualify me for this position, clearly I am not qualified.
So tell me “COMPANY RECRUITER” why would you be very interested in me as a candidate? Is it because I was a Website Manager for an Insurance Company? That I worked as a Technical Recruiter? Is it my sparkling personality? Well-written resume? Or is it because I am unemployed and every unemployed person you assume “in this economy” is down on their luck, kicking their shoes in the dirt, and looking to change their careers?
Because I am not.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this position might be perfect for someone, it’s a great company, and probably a great career however just because someone got unlucky and laid-off does not mean that every offer that is thrown out to them is a good fit. I’m horrible fit for this role. Assuming that I am down on my luck “in this economy” is a poor judgment on SAID COMPANY part.
To be quite honest I am not going to sell myself short, walk into a profession that I have NO passion for, to be unhappy – been there done that. That would be a huge detriment to SAID COMPANY as well as my ass, because frankly I haven’t gotten a handle on my emotional eating, and I am in NO position to be downing chips like it’s my job because well, I hate my job.
And just so you know, not every unemployed person out there is desperate for a job and looking to change their careers. Do I need a new job? No, I don’t need a job, I need a new position to further my career in social media within a company that will challenge me, listen to my ideas, that will let me be a leader, use my experience to create thought-provoking content that will elevate their brand and the company; allow me to develop interesting, fun, mind-grabbing social media terse, creative landing pages to drive brand awareness, community support, or prospective clients to their website/company for the benefit of said company. Oh! And I also need a company that will understand that I may need a day off if my child is sick and to be understanding about that as well.
Thank again for your email, and I sincerely hope you find candidates that are a great fit for SAID COMPANY.
The Truth About Being Unemployed: I do not want a career change, I am not desperate for a new job, regardless of the economy.