Ever had an idea that you were thrilled to put into action but self-doubt creeps in, and you begin to second guess yourself? Often before I post an article on my blog, I have to ponder over it and find excuses not to write about the subject matter. I have a long list of subject areas that I would love to delve into but doing it, is what scares me.
Now, I have had the pleasure of interacting with the HR department personnel as many of the jobseekers and undoubtedly the employed. While some of the encounters were fruitful, a few were disheartening. Having to experience the same characteristics from one human resources department to another got me thinking about posting this.
NB: Whatever department you fall in, we are all human, and man is to err. If HR was an individual, this is how the letter would go:
To: Human Resources
Dear Sir/ Madam
Ref: For Your Attention
Trust you are well. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you. First, I would like to apologize for using the “Dear Sir/Madam,” as salutations. When going through different ideal job application letter techniques, it is advised that one should find out the name of the addressee and use the proper gender.
Since we are living in a digital era, I sought out to look for the Head of HR in your company on the company website. After several hours of checking and rechecking every link on the site, my efforts were to no avail. For some of you, there was no updated website.
In other instances, it was by chance that I was able to access information on your Human Resources Head. When I couldn’t find this critical piece of information on your website, I resorted to using LinkedIn. From the results, there were several people listed to be working in your HR department.
Feeling that luck was probably on my side, I took a risk and selected one of those who was shown in the search results. The rules of LinkedIn are, you send an invitation to a prospective connection first before you can start communicating. By some unfortunate turn of events, the selection I made informed me that they were no longer working in your company. It is so, even though their profile stated that they were currently heading your HR department.
Since I was still interested in the position, I went ahead and applied. Sorry, I wasn’t able to address you appropriately. The probable social media platform that would have made it possible to get to know you; wasn’t reliable, and so was your company website. Unfortunately, I do not have any connections within or without your company who could help me out of this predicament.
I am glad that even with the blunder, I managed to be selected to progress with the recruitment process. It isn’t my first application, but I hope that, even if I don’t progress in this stage, I will receive notification on my application status. Honestly, I am still waiting for feedback from some of the applications I made at the beginning of last year, to some reputable companies.
They are probably still considering my applications since I am yet to receive even the generic regret email from them. It is with great joy that I was able to participate in the interview. As I was preparing for it, I found a piece of advice that suggested smiling was ideal for an interview session.
On the D-day, I was at my best and decided to try smiling during the interview. However, I had not planned that it would be mainly a male panel with only a single lady panelist. I tried smiling, but every time I had to face one of the male panelists, I wasn’t sure whether to keep smiling or not. It’s the main reason why I seemed fidgety.
All that run in my mind was the concern on how the panelists would perceive my smile. Am I trying too much to woo them into giving me a chance or is it merely following one of the interview rules on the internet? To add to my anxiety, I tried starting a conversation with your staff who was calling at each interviewee to the interview room, but it was a pipe dream.
Maybe I am not good at initiating conversations, but she wasn’t even smiling in encouragement. I couldn’t shake off the thought that she wasn’t supposed to talk with us.
I don’t refute the fact that your time is valuable. And with all humility, I would like to point out that, even though you are hard pressed for time, there’s a human being behind every resume or LinkedIn profile.
Each story is different from the next person’s. Our experiences influence our decisions and paths we take. A two-minute review of my profile or CV doesn’t give you the accurate picture of who I am. My goals, my vision, my zeal, what motivates me or demoralizes me.
I am hopeful that this time I will receive feedback on the status of my application. Finding time to go through all my spam emails is proving difficult nowadays.
Thank You for your time and attention.
I conclude with quotes from two notable individuals :
“You have to do the right thing… You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi
“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” Winston Churchill