A sure way never to get hired

Dear Evil HR Lady,



I’ve applied for countless positions, for about a full year now, with one organization. In early spring, I received a call back from a recruiter who was very rude. She kept looking for reasons for why I would not have the time for the job or fit the position.

I made the rookie mistake of leaving her a couple of messages about the application. She then turned me down for the job. I was crushed. Since then I’ve been turned down for every job I’ve applied for. The recruiter turns down my application repeatedly. I met a man who offered to put in a good word and take my resume straight to a hiring manager, and even that didn’t work.


I’ve basically made a powerful enemy, although I want nothing more than a job. What can I do to repair this problem? I know the job market is tough out there and that there are more qualified people. I’d like to work at this company, but I’m not holding my breath anymore. I’d assume at some point it would look bad on a company if they turned a qualified person down an obscene amount of times?

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3 thoughts on “A sure way never to get hired

  1. Thank you for an excellent response to this writer! I might add don’t stalk! Right now, I have an “applicant” who has called me every day (sometimes more than once per day) for the last 3 weeks, asking about her application. I did not select her application for further consideration, mainly because she is not qualified and does not have a background that meets our needs. But even if I thought I might interview her, I won’t now because she’s stalking me. This is, unfortunately, not unusual. I’ll repeat your advice: Move on!

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if she read the advice to contact every day in some old job hunting guide. Or (unfortunately) learned it from a career counselor.

      It’s bad, bad, bad advice.

  2. I think it’s important to put an end to her phone calls by letting her know that her resume/application has been reviewed and that she has not been selected for the next step in the interview process because you have received lots of great applications and there are other candidates who meet the job requirements better. Just keep it brief and simple. She should get the point. That’s just my suggestion.

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