July 24, 2009
With apologies to Thomas Sowell:
*I’m trying to decide which is more painful: getting rejected by a potential employer or a potential girlfriend. Seeing as I have experience with both, one would think it would be easy.
On the one hand, the first date rejection is intensely painful, even when they try to soften the blow with the “just be friends” line. At least they found some value in you, or they would have busted out the Mace (or ran away screaming). But, a weekend of drowning your sorrows with Jones Cream Soda and video games tend to make it go away.
On the other hand, the career job rejection is a long, slow burn. You are constantly bombarded by the fact that you are still slinging coffee for minimum wage. And there is no way from the rejecter to sugar coat it in any satisfactory way. They do not, for example, offer you a lesser job (since career track jobs tend to start at entry level).
Either way, it stinks.
*Speaking of bad potential employer relations, I am going to start boycotting companies that do not respond whenever you apply for a job. Two weeks is plenty of time to at least give a “hey, thanks for trying, but we found somebody who does not creep us out” e-mail or phone call. I can think of a good half-dozen jobs I have applied for over the years and have STILL not received any kind of acknowledgment.
If would not be fair to retroactively punish them for it. This is your only warning, companies that solicit applications.
*Watching Simpsons episode commentaries, you learn things. Here are two things I have learned:
1) Conan O’Brien wrote for the Simpsons, starting in Season 4 and ending whenever he got his late night show.
2) Conan O’Brien spent 90% of his first episode commentary talking about how great his late night show job is and not about things pertinent to the episode in question. Egotistical jerk. At least John Lovitz had the courtesy to focus on the episode when he took part in a commentary session…