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Asst. Director of Communications - Ivy League

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by blahblah, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. blahblah

    blahblah New Member

    Moderators, if this story isn't fit for the board, move or delete it at your discretion.

    I applied for this position back in April and earlier today, got a rejection letter, the whole "talented and deep applicant pool, we've moved forward and hired a candidate" song and dance.

    Normally, I don't mind getting these; as much as it sucks to not get called for an interview, it's nice to have closure that I don't need to continuously call the places to see where they are in the hiring process...but the Executive Director included each person's email address (about 80 people in all) in the "to" field on this one. She probably meant to BCC everyone, but for whatever reason didn't. I pointed out how unprofessional this was to her in a response, and heard from others who did the same.

    I'm venting more than anything, but wanted to share a story with those who were willing to read.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    My guess is it was a mistake - you are correct it is aggravating but I probably would have let it go. Suppose the exec. director goes elsewhere - and is in charge of another job that strikes your interest? Unless you detect a pattern of such stuff, it's probably best to shrug it off and move on.

    And I am going to move it, journalism board may not be the best spot but it is better than here for this type of discussion.

    Hang in.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Maybe not the best way to do it, but your reply was more unprofessional than her mass e-mail.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    That's a heckuva story. Did you recognize some of other names? Surely that exec director had to feel dumber than sh*t. Next time, she'll take the half-hour or whatever to cut-and-paste a rejection 80 times to different addresses.
  5. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    One of those reply-all responses to the rejection was from you, blahblah? Or did you send your complaint directly to the Ivy League executive director?

    I got four public critiques.

    And yes, playthrough, I recognized at least one of the other rejected applicants' e-mail addresses.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Maybe you aren't just Ivy League material?
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Oh, and did she respond?
  8. blahblah

    blahblah New Member

    I handled the response in a professional and level-headed tone, so as to not burn any bridges. I pointed out my assumption that it was not intentional, and I understand that mistakes happen, but wouldn't you want to be especially careful in this kind of scenario?

    Playthrough, I didn't recognize any of the other names on the list.

    I did some research and there's no one above her except for presumably a board of directors/chancellors, and I don't really feel a need to bring it to their attention, especially now that I've had a night to sleep on it.

    I'm also not anticipating a response from her, since it would just call more attention to the faux pas, so it's just an interesting story as the hunt for work continues.
  9. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    The same person who sent the original e-mail has sent a follow-up apologizing for the error -- and blaming it on "technical problems." She also signed it herself "for" the executive director, another change from yesterday.
  10. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    You think the executive director sends her own e-mails? Nope. It was a clerk, assistant, typist or intern.
  11. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    I applied for a job at a university in February and I was sure I was a knock down candidate and had the contacts. When I got the rejection email ... 400 applicants!!!!!
  12. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    I'm not trying to be insensitive - but why does it matter unless your boss is also on the list and didn't know you were applying?
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