The real reason for not hiring me (Re: Question about security clearance)

Subject: The real reason for not hiring me (Re: Question about security clearance)
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:23:49 -0600

Subject: Re: Question about security clearance
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>


If they don't want to hire me, they'll come up with an excuse. They
probably won't share the real reason, whatever it is. I can't worry
about those. I am a superstar at what I do, I'm a good employee, and if
they aren't smart enough to grab me while the grabbing is good then they
probably deserve to muddle along without me. There are too many good
matches out there to waste time worrying about any that don't work.


Dori Green


I remember one time that I *know* I wasn't told the real reason for not
hiring me, and I'm wondering if I should have been. It was when I was
seeking a position to serve as my internship for the Technical and
Science Communication program at Drexel. They sent my writing samples
back to me with a note saying my background didn't match their needs.
However, the Drexel professor who they were dealing with told me that
they hadn't been impressed with the way in which I submitted the
samples. I had submitted the samples in an unprofessional format -- in
an envelope, rather than in a nice binder.

I realize you could argue that the prospective employer runs the show,
so that they had the right to handle it in whatever way they wanted, but
I think they should have told me directly that I had messed up the
writing samples -- especially since this was an intern position and I
needed to learn these things.

I would add that I felt they were generally rude. To begin with, they
told me to show up at a specific reception desk and ask for someone who
we'll call Joe Smith. When I told the receptionist I was there to see
Joe Smith, she said "Well, I don't know any Joe Smith," in a tone that
clearly indicated that she thought I was in the wrong place and didn't
know what I was talking about. Then they rushed me though in less than
five minutes. I suspect they didn't even want to do the intern thing in
the first place and got pressured into it somehow.

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