But here’s the real reason to do it: it’s the ever-lovin’ decent thing to do. People who are looking for work are stressed, depressed, and juggling a dozen applications. We need to know what efforts to attend to, and what to forget — who might call, and who can be scratched off the list. Not knowing is terrifying; every unresolved job application is a psychic weight, a steel ball-bearing we carry around in our skulls all day.
And while I could cede that sending these notes takes time, I say it takes five seconds. Copy and paste the following three sentences:
Thank you for your application. I’m sorry to say that you’re not what we’re looking for at this time. Good luck in your job search.
That’s it. Reply>Copy>Paste>Send. 5 seconds. If they write back, then you can ignore, reply, procrastinate, delete — do whatever you want, then.
Five seconds of your time. And it does make a difference, trust me.