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!