All applications for the position you applied for have now been reviewed. I regret to inform you that your application has not been successful on this occasion.Asked whether I'm going to ask why (it's called asking for "feedback"), I replied:
Nevertheless, your time and effort in preparing your application is appreciated by the University. Thank you for your interest in the position and best wishes with your future career prospects.
Well, I could ask.The system sucks. The rules are that if there is a vacancy it must be advertised. Fine. But if you have someone doing the job who is satisfactory surely it must be made OK to fill the position with the "incumbent"? This doesn't affect me so much in my position, but it would be great NOT to have to spend hours on a job application, not to mention stressing about it, and then get nowhere.
But I’m sure the answer will be some derivative of:
“Many eligible applicants, the standard was high...”
Which makes me think “horseshit”.
I’m torn between not giving a shit and crying.
I think psychologically I’m better off not giving a shit.
My Human Remains mate told me the app was good. He’ll be SHOCKED that I didn’t get a new interview, and I have made quite clear to him that I think that the Uni system sucks. Feedback is bullshit, they say anything, and there’s no redress if you feel that there’s been any unfair treatment.
Besides, if you stir the pot they’ll hate you.
Someone I know applied for a secondment. She got the job, a new position which had been created to ease the workload for a school manager. The job was placed at a level 4. The person on the secondment said that her job carried much more responsibility than a level 4 position, so it should be reassessed and increased to a level 5. The position was reassessed with the help of the person on the secondment and graded as a level 5. Now, had the job stayed at a level 4, after the position was confirmed as permanent and all the other changes in the school had been made and adjusted, she would have just been made permanent/continuing in that job. But because it was upgraded it was no longer the job that she applied for so she had to apply again for the job she was doing. She was unsuccessful. Her being 'unimpressed' with this eventualty would be an understatement.
As I said, it's no use kicking up a stink. It just brands you as a trouble maker. God forbid that the uni be accused of bias or giving someone unfavourable treatment, and v-v, so of course you can be sure that noone ever gets favourable (or unfavourable) treatment. Everyone is equal.
At Telecom there was redress. If you felt that you were qualified for the job which was given to someone else, you could challenge it. Sometimes it was found that the challenger was hard done by and they got the job, the person who was displaced would be unattached and they had to be found a job. It didn't happen often because everyone employing someone knew that their paperwork had to be perfect and hold water if it was questioned for favouritism or bias. But I'm sure there were ways around that equity measure, too.
The Human Resources bloke said at the beginning of this adventure "You are definitely employable, you have fantastic experience... " And he had no concerns at all. Well, not until yesterday.