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.