So Tuesday I went to the second job fair in as many days, put on by an employer (we'll just refer to it as The Company) that was hiring for management positions.
I spoke with two of The Company's senior managers, both of whom seemed impressed by me. They also seemed a little concerned with how much I've made at past employers, but I told them I was willing to be flexible on salary. They said they like my qualifications and that I would hear back from them soon.
They were right. Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from The Company. Never a good sign. But what struck me was this comment (emphasis added):
"We were fortunate to have many qualified candidates with similar qualifications apply for this position. Although your qualifications were impressive, we have selected a candidate who more closely fits our current needs. Thank you for considering The Company as a potential employer."
You held a job fair for ONE opening. Folks, that's not a job fair, that's a want ad.
Every time I don't get a job I try to look on the bright side and say to myself, it wasn't the right opportunity and it's for the best. This time, that didn't take a lot of self-convincing.