Is chivalry dead?

Just the other week, an employee and I, both recent transplants to Denver were talking about how difficult it is to not only land a job in design around here but to receive a reply, even if it's no, is an even bigger anomaly. Now I would consider myself to be a rather thick skinned person, which every designer learns quite early in their creative little lives and I don't take every rejection to heart. However, when we young designers are putting ourselves out there day and night, sending resume after bloody resume with little to no reply, it makes us wonder. Just because not all of us are "rockstars!" "gurus" or "if you have what it takes" material for your company doesn't mean we don't deserve a reply. Maybe it's the Minnesota nice in me, maybe I'm asking too much from agencies, or maybe I'm more sensitive than I thought, but even sending a generic to "whom it make concern" crap email back at least lets us know you looked at our work.

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This is me hitting the "LIKE" button.

And I am hitting the "Like" button as well. I am finding it rather difficult to land a job in Denver as well. Someone just give me a chance, and I will prove myself!

You know... The Egotist could make it a requirement that any Employer that wants to put up a job post on this site must reply to all candidates???
Just sayin.

I just chalk it up to the fact that there are tons of transplants moving into Denver. I'm sure there's just way to many good candidates that it would take forever to follow up when the difference between candidates is minimal. Also, it seems like this market likes to trade talent from agency to agency making it hard as an outsider to get in.

I think it just goes to show that much like Toby, HR is the worst. It is plain bad for business. Have you applied to any of those silent/ asshole companies since then? Not a good plan for attracting talent.

I completely agree! This drives me crazy! And as a previous Recruiter for McCalin Finlon Advertising, I always made sure to respond to every single resume I received, even if I knew I wasn't going to interview them. It was very important to me and the company.

Totally know where you're coming from. It's like a breathe of fresh air when you actually get any response whatsoever. I always wonder how hard it really is just to hit the 'Reply' button and say 'Thanks but no thanks.' Communication has never been easier and more widespread than right now, yet at the same time getting any semblance of a response has never been harder it seems like. Just have to keep hustling.

Let's be real and look at all sides of the situation rather than focusing on yourself. I understand you are just out of school and the level of ambition you posses is through the roof. Take a step back and asses your surroundings. First, please understand the amount of emails arriving in the prospective employers' email boxes are enough to hire a full-time employee to sift through. As sad as it may sound, answering back could actually be a thing of the past. Instead of causing an uproar, embrace it. Has it ever crossed your mind that these employers may be wondering "wow, all we get now a days are lame ass resumes as emails - whatever happened to the nice tangible piece we can look at." Perhaps your thing is not to assemble an experience for the recipient. Bottom line, create an experience. This is what an employer will eventually be hiring you for. If you have no story to tell, you are left in the mass email folders that haven't been opened.

I am over 2,000 miles away making my way into your city. Yes, another transplant, sorry. I've been in this business for sometime to understand the formula of attraction - marketing for better words. After all we are designers, art directors, etc. An individual that can make sh!t happen - problem solvers if you will.

I have a huge problem. I'm not there. I've "formulated" a way to make it happen and it's working thus far. We all have different needs and wants as do employers. Understanding their needs first rather than your own will help you determine where you may actually land something.

My advice to you, my fellow kind, - repetition. You are a business much like your favorite brand. Make yourself known. There is a study, I believe, that says something along these lines - it takes 27 brand interactions (video, print, social media, etc.) to make a prospective consumer realize the brand exists when the time comes to utilize said brand's product or service.

Good luck. Peace.

and kileydelvalle decided to use the best of here making shit happen ability to brand themselves as the person who use's the term "Peace" as a send off, on a professional web site.

Give them a reason to want to talk to you. If email doesn't get a response, try something else. Write them a song, call them on the phone, send them something cool in the mail, paint a portrait of them and leave it at the front desk for them. I'm sure these guys get a billion emails a day, and you're just another in the queue. You've got to give them something that stands out. You're selling yourself, not just your work and they have to know you want it.

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