What did they mean?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
What did they mean?
Sat, 06-09-2012 - 8:50pm

Maybe this is a moot point, as I have a job of sorts now.  But, I just got a rejection email that struck me as strange.  I applied for a band position at a Jesuit HS in western NY a few weeks back.  This email from them said, "your education and performance experience are not a good match for us right now."

I know this can mean a number of things, but I sit here with a bruised ego over this.  I have classroom experience, plus a master's degree in subject (instrumental conducting).  I know there are people out there with more experience than me.  I also know that I was picked last year over "real" conductors to interview for a youth orchestra!

Please don't tell me they don't think I can do the job.  Could I be too expensive (with my rare master's?)  Maybe they wanted someone with more of a popular background?  (the latter would not usually be a good choice for school band, but who knows.)  Maybe they wanted someone they knew.  Sigh.  You know, I would've rather just been ignored than gotten an email that insulted my background!


Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 11:23pm

It means nothing. Some secretary probably pulled a rejection form letter up and copied it. I once applied for a job running a tutoring program for college students. The focus was on reading and information literacy skills. I have degrees and awards in both areas. Guess what? I got almost the same letter you did and it stated something like my qualifications did not match their needs.  I did my research and learned they had given the job to an athletic training major who had gone to school there.  So tell me again..... What qualifications and experience were they really looking for?

Don't let it bother you. It all depends more on who you know than what you know in many cases.

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 10:03am
It's possible that they meant that you have too much education and they don't want to pay your for it. Or it's possible that they want someone who has only taught band for a long time. It's also possible that you received a form letter and the secretary who typed it changed one of the words to make it fit with something in your resume. Who knows?
Believe me, I know how much this rejection stuff hurts. Just remember, they don't really know you. Their letter does not reflect anything about your talents because they don't know you.
I've just about lost faith in educational administration to do anything right. I've come to the point where I just expect to be treated like crap. How sad is that?
I hope this new job works out well for you and that you can take a break from this awful job hunting stuff.
Meanwhile, we're all here from you when you need to vent and we know what it's like.
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 12:07am
I understand. I really do. It is insulting. I applied to be a sub in Montgomery County Maryland and the email I received back said, THEY COULD NOT PUT ME ON THE SUB LIST. Okay wait, I cant even get on the LIST to wait to be a sub?? Damn!! Or to apply to the several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and be rejected several times in a row.

Trust me the rejections can suck and be brutal. It's harsh, but unfortunately not illegal. Just look at it this way, clearly you dont belong there and God has put you where you truly belong.