This is it, the perfect job! This is your calling. You fit every job qualification requirement, the education and the experience required. You knew it from the moment you spotted the job description. Immediately you take action. You get your resume together and apply for the job. You are sure that your cover letter is intriguing, perfectly written, and you are convinced that your resumes will show your future employer all they need to know to prove that you are perfect for the job.
You apply for the perfect job and you wait. Days turn into weeks and you hear nothing back. You try to call the human resources department and ask about the status of the job, but you are told the managers are still reviewing job applications. Finally, one afternoon you get the following impersonal email.
“Due to the tremendous response to our vacancy, it was impossible to meet with each applicant individually. We have determined that another candidate’s background more closely aligns with the needs of this position.”
What went wrong?