by Shelley Macon, Head Editor, INALJ Florida
Two months ago I tentatively dipped my toe in the job market. I applied for a job. So, now it has been two months and I haven’t heard anything from the employer. No call. No email. Nothing. Now I know I shouldn’t take it personally. In fact, several of the other fabulous INALJ Head Editors have given great advice on just this topic.
But I can’t seem to help it. I am frustrated, angry, disappointed, and dejected. I have been REJECTED. The sad part is that I’m not even sure I wanted that job in the first place. It is a library position that would require virtually no use of my hard-earned MLIS. And this would be my first post-graduation job. I want to use it. Mainly, I applied because it is the only library in my town (in addition to being my pre-children work place oh so long ago) and available jobs there are few and far between. So basically, I applied for a job that doesn’t require my skills and that I am not sure I want. And I’m upset?
But dang it, regardless of my desire, or lack of desire, for the job I wanted them to want me. What an ego killer, crusher, mangler. I guess I should take Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice. Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
That sounds good. That sounds easy. Right?
I’m not sure if I’m ready to test the waters again. I think I have some INALJ articles to reread.