A couple of weeks ago, shortly after writing my last post on here where I ranted on about disappointments for a number of paragraphs, I started to receive an almost influx of responses from jobs that I had applied for, and amazingly none of them were rejections. They were from companies saying they either wanted me to write a test piece for them, another wanted a telephone interview with me, and a couple of others wanted me to answer a few questions, which could then possibly lead on to interviews. After quite a dry spell with hearing back from jobs, with the only news I was receiving being your standard rejection email, it was a great feeling to finally be hearing back from jobs that didn’t involve the word ‘unfortunately’. It seemed to be a turn up for the books, that’s for sure, but as always I didn’t hold my breath, I didn’t want to set my hopes too high.
Life has a funny way of working out though, doesn’t it? Just when you think that perhaps things are finally starting to look up, BAM! You’re back to square one, and everything that you thought had been starting to work out becomes a distant memory, moving from a hopeful place in your mind, to where all of the other dashed hopes have previously gone. As you can probably guess by that, once again none of these opportunities have come to life. The telephone interview took place a week ago (Monday 10th February) for an online copywriter role, and despite being told by the person I spoke to on the phone I would be contacted a few days later, whether it was good or bad news, I never heard from them again. With another two companies that had contacted me, both of which had required me to answer specific questions to determine whether I would be a suitable candidate or not, one for a social media role and the other writing for an animal website. I replied to both as soon as I received their emails, answering their questions as well as I possibly could, and despite receiving positive responses to my answers after having sent them back to said companies, no interviews came about from either of them. Another job that I also heard back from, a writer for an online cultural magazine, the one which really struck a cord with me as much as all of the other roles interested me. By this company, I was asked to write a test piece. I had it researched, written, edited and sent off to them by the deadline, and even though having had a conversation via email about how interested the company were to have me work for them, with the promise of a possible interview even being mentioned in said conversation, nothing has come of it.
After all of the positive things that made their way through my email inbox over the past couple of weeks, everything seems to have gone quiet once more. I have emailed all of the companies that contacted me, querying about what the next step is to be, as if there is one thing that I have learnt from my time of job seeking, is that you can’t let opportunities pass you by, you have to dig your nails in and try your very best to get somewhere. As of yet, I haven’t had responses from any of them. Some have been over a week since I heard anything, and I have pretty much given up hope with them, but others have only passed by a few days ago, so there still could be a light at the end of the tunnel. Like I wrote at the beginning of the post, I am not holding my breath. It would be great, amazing even, if something came from any of them, but as always, time will only tell.