My daughter starts a virtual internship this coming Monday.
Hold the applause.
She applied to thirty internships for this coming spring semester.
She got one interview.
30 resumes and cover letters and applications= 1 job interview
1 interview = 1 internship
Let’s think of all the reasons why my daughter was granted only one interview: the reasons why she was rejected outright for a job with any of the organizations she applied to.
- She’s a woman
- She’s white
- She’s short
- She has brown hair
- She is not thin
- She is not fat
- Her last name sounds Jewish
- Her father is Jewish
- Her mother is Catholic
- She doesn’t consider herself to be part of any religion
- Some of her ancestors are Eastern European
- Some of her ancestors are Mediterranean
- She was born in America
- She was born in New York
- She was born in New York City.
- She grew up in New York City
- She sounds like she’s from NYC
- She went to public school
- She went to an elite public high school
- Her college is too elite
- Her college is not quite elite enough
- Her resume is too narrowly focused
- Her resume isn’t narrowly focused enough
- Having a double major is a waste of time
- She’s not triple majoring
- She’s a history major
- She’s an American studies major
- She’s not a business major
- She’s not a computer science major (or whatever they call that nowadays)
- She has too many extracurriculars
- She doesn’t have enough extracurriculars
- Her GPA isn’t high enough
- Her GPA is too high
- She didn’t know anyone at the firms where she was applying
I could go on and on about why she did not get an interview.
We could narrow it down to:
- There were candidates with better resumes
- There were candidates with better qualifications
- Even though she has tried her hardest, unfortunately, she just wasn’t good enough for these opportunities
- She was just not impressive enough to garner an interview
I have no doubt that there are people who have been unfairly treated in the job market. In fact, though I have no actual proof, I’d say it was a certainty. That is horrible and we should be doing everything we can to correct that so that every candidate has a fair shot at every job.
Sometimes we have to accept that we are just not good enough…
Sometimes we have to stop blaming everything and everyone
Sometimes you have to look at yourself and see what you could do better…
Maybe these jobs just weren’t right for you, you might not be qualified, there might be better candidates…
But…you have to keep trying…
I have no doubt that my daughter would have sent out a hundred more resumes in hopes of scoring an internship…
Because you have to keep trying sometimes…
My daughter has begun her search for summer internships…and I have no doubt that there will be even more resumes sent with less interviews granted…
Because sometimes you have to be self aware and accept that you might not be the best, that there are others that are better than you, but that doesn’t take away from you as a person.
There can only be ONE best…
The rest of us are just strivers…