…and the no good, very bad day…

DougRainYesterday was the pits.
It’s over and done with.
No need to dredge it up
No need to relive it
No need for feeling like that
No need for the pain
No need for remorse
No need for what was not gained
Concentrate on what is going well
Concentrate on the love given you
Concentrate on the steps you’ve made
Concentrate…and live in peace

Woke up “on the wrong side of the bed” yesterday, had an interview that went well (as far as I could tell), and came home to a rejection email from another interview from the previous week. It set me back to a lousy mood; yes, I am no stranger to not getting the job. No one would believe me if I told you how many jobs its been down to me and one other person.

What upset me is the following:

Second Paragraph of the email: “It was a pleasure speaking to you about your experiences, philosophy and ideas on education.  Additionally, it was clear from our conversation that you want to instill a strong love of learning in all of your students.

Which was followed by this third paragraph: “After careful review, members of the recruitment team do not feel that XXXXXXX  is the right place for your particular talents, skills and interests.  As such, we are unable to offer you a position at this time.

Um…ok. Take the second paragraph statement that was made. Add to it that I have NYS certification in Theater, have worked in NYC schools as a Drama teacher, have another 15+ years of running workshops and residencies in Theater Arts and Literacy, was the special projects manager for two years of a program that integrated the arts into Common Core curriculum, and spent four years as a Professional Development facilitator in NYC DOE, that I’m flexible in building my units around grade level core…and I don’t get how my talents, skills and interests are not the right fit.

I am shaking my head over this, and I am over it…but, I am frustrated (so, yeah, not 100% over it: just not as upset as I was yesterday).  And yes, before anyone mentions it: I did send her a thank you email for getting back to me AND I did ask her if she’d clarify the third statement for me, to help me for any future submissions. Many people have suggested that I try to get more feedback, and time and again I do it.

Not once has anyone responded.

So…a few people stepped up with mental hugs that were much appreciated. I did my prayers, did a meditation, vegged out for a TV program later that night, and let the majority of it drift away. As I said, the frustration lingers.

I hope, like the photo and saying above, that the clouds will part and I will be headed for sunshine. Sooner would be fine by me.


About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on February 12, 2013, in Anger, counseling, Fear, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I’m angry for you. To me, I think it sounds like they want someone with less experience who they can mold to be what they want them to be. That pisses me off to nth degree.

    • Lisa, who knows. It’s behind me now. My friend, Sam, did research on them and found a ton of negative reviews about the company that runs these schools, from parents, teachers and admin. So…in the long run, probably a good thing.

  2. Oh, I feel your pain . . . I can so relate as I had many rejections of my novel before it was finally accepted. Know God has a plan for you and will open the door to sunshine in His good timing.
    Blessings and prayers!

  3. When one door closes another one opens:)

  4. Un-answered prayers are the hardest to face. My gramma used to say be patient because it takes a while to build up to something really good. ((hugs)) Stuart…keep your chin up and focus on what IS going right for you.

  5. I’ve been through this before, and have another friend who has been going through the same thing for a couple of years now. Is it possible that these people are considering you to be over qualified?

    I know it sounds stupid to turn someone down for a job because they would be too good at it, but from my former position in HR for a large corporation I can attest that it does happen. Quite a lot in fact. And it does because the potential employer figures that this will become a stop-gap job for the over-qualified applicant; the employer will invest time and resources into training that person who will leave because they found a position better suited to their skills (and pay expectations).

    • I actually took off my second Masters (MA in Oral Traditions) from my resume because of that. I’ve also written/said in interviews, that I’m looking for a “home”…not looking to boogie. I’m very clear about that.

  6. I just got the chance to go back and read the other comments (not available when commenting from the e-mail) and your comment about researching the company and finding a good deal of negative info about the company… Perhaps God is looking out for you. While that would have been a steady paycheck, it may well have pumped more frustration into your life as they try to get you to come down to their standards.

    At least you’ve got that as a balm to remove some of the sting of the rejection.

  7. I understand your frustration but you must never give up. The right opportunity will come at the most unexpected moment.

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