WTF Sad News of the Day

14 Jul

How many interview rejections is too many before it gets not only sad, but absurd?  Is it a dozen?  Is it fifty?  100?

Laurie-Ellen Shumaker has gotten rejected 1,000 times. She has a top notch law degree, 23 years of experience, and Multiple Sclerosis (which is not a qualification or an accomplishment by any means, it just sucks).  She can’t even get a job as a daycare worker.  If that doesn’t make you go WTF in righteous indignation, well, I’d like for you to go to the land of Oz, ask for this guy called “The Wizard,” and see if he can give you a heart.  I hear he’s been handing them out these days.

You have to admire Laurie-Ellen’s perseverance.  I’m sure a lot of us would have been inclined to give up after rejection 478 or so.  It kinda makes you wonder, if people like her can’t get a job, who can?  Her story illustrates the job-search frustration.  As Laurie-Ellen brilliantly sums up, “Interviews are like seeking unicorns.”  (Does anyone else think this woman is probably an awesome grandma?)

Her story could perpetuate the notion that job hiring is all basically a crapshoot in the end.  But if it’s all a crapshoot, why didn’t the crap ever shoot on Laurie-Ellen?  Statistically, she should be at least a little poo-flicked.  What are employers looking for that the seemingly perfect candidate doesn’t have?  In the words of Adam Lambert, “Whataya want from me?”


One Response to “WTF Sad News of the Day”

  1. Junia July 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Sadness! But I suppose this article does put some perspective on the job search. It can be such a bummer but hang in there like this awesome chick!

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