Day 24 – A Year of Writing

One of the more frustrating parts of applying for jobs in today’s world is the lack of communication from the organization that you’ve applied to if you have not made the cut. While I can appreciate that many of these businesses and institutions receive a staggering amount of applications -especially since online applications can be filled out rather quickly-, I do think it would be easy enough and more polite to give applicants rejections once the position has been filled. I first encountered this when I was applying for jobs immediately after completing my undergraduate degree. It may be particularly annoying to me because I’ve also applied to and have been rejected from graduate programs in the past. I’m sure that these academic programs receive just as many -if not more- applications and are able to give rejections, sometimes even via the mail. I’ve never liked being strung along, in work or relationships.

I’m working on building a new computer as well. I’ve missed video gaming and the black Friday sales on Newegg.com are coming up, so that should be exciting. Of course, without a job I’m terrified of spending any amount of my money. This means that I’ve put all the parts for a computer in my checkout cart online multiple times, only to get to the payments page and navigate to a new page on the internet. My mind starts to get the best of me, I start thinking about how long I may go unemployed and how I’ll still want to make some student loan payments. Then even in good scenarios where I have a job, I worry that I’ll have to relocate to a different part of the country or world, would I even be able to bring my computer? I can’t become a console gamer either, I’ve always used a mouse and keyboard better than a controller. Regardless, hopefully soon much less of these problems will be speculation and more grounded in reality.

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Author: Darek Not Derek

Anthropologist, UXer, Unapologetic Chicagoan.

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