I used to play NBA Jams when I was in college and I loved it because it was completely unrealistic. If you weren’t from my era, NBA Jams was a baskeball video game that was basically two on two with NBA players that could jump 50 feet in their air for dunks and included no fouls, or traveling and the nets could literally be on fire. It had the best smack talk (which was huge back then) and the awesome announcers who would pronounce, “He’s on Fire!” when you hit three shots in a row. The one thing the announcers would say when your shot got blocked that is still idelibly in my mind today was, “Rejected!”
I still think of that announcer every time I see anyone get rejected in any aspect of life. Whether it is a “contestant” that gets sent home on the Bachelor, a touchdown gets blocked in an NFL game or a guy asks a girl on a date and gets turned down. I always here that “Rejected!” in my head. I’ve been hearing that voice in my head a lot more these days. Because I’m looking for jobs and for some reason, Microsoft does not want me to be their CEO as I applied for it the other day. They sent me something like, “Thank you for applying…”. Just kidding. They just ignorned me, which is kind of rude if you ask me, because I was kind of looking forward to finding out their creative way of rejecting me.
Every company does it differently, from the Google and the Microsoft’s who just ignore you, to the McDonald’s who have one of their responsible teens tweet you, to the standard emails or calls that some people send you. In the last few months, I’ve collected many of them, from first blush applications, to the first interview “we’ve moved on with a different candidate” to the second interview “we’ve moved on with a different candidate”.
I’ve seen and heard it all. And I just think it is totally unfair for all of you to not go through the same pain I go through on a daily basis. Cause I like to make you all feel as awkward, bitter and frustrated as I do so as to make you feel bitterness where there previously was none.
Since this is something that is its own category of bitterness, I decided to start another blog for you all to experience the job “Rejections!” I get on a daily basis. So join me over at jobrejectionblog.wordpress.com for a whole new section of bitterness. And no this isn’t an April Fool’s joke blog. I intend to keep it updated on the regular.
Feel free to share your comments or job rejections to me and I will post them too.
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See you on the flippidy flip.
Bitter Job Rejected Ben