We all know that it is incredibly hard to get a job in the museums/culture field. But sometimes something happens that makes you just truly despair.
Friday 26th October was a national holiday in Vienna and as with any long weekend like this, the city ups and leaves. A cultural institution had advertised a job on at least two of the cultural job mailing lists that I subscribe to with a closing date of the 26th. The job was a more organisational than content-creation, the language of the job was English and I felt that my qualifications matched the essential and desired criteria very closely. I sent my application in a couple of days before the deadline and prepared to wait a couple of weeks to hear back. I have been at this long enough now - and I am certainly jaded enough - to not get my hopes up too high. There have been dozems of jobs before this one that I felt I was qualified and experienced enough for that I didn’t get invited to an interview for. I appreciate that demand for these jobs are high and that is reflected by the volume of applications. What I didn’t expect was an email 80 minutes after the start of business on Monday telling me that my CV was interesting, but the job had been filled.
Presumably, over a national holiday weekend this company was able to short-list, interview and fill the position after having considered the applications of potentially a LOT of people (a similar position last year saw over 70 applicants. That institution also took the time to send an obviously personalised email explaining why I hadn’t progressed further in the recruitment process - overqualified, you can’t win!) Perhaps they are just being more honest? Perhaps this is the case for lots of other jobs that I have applied for and they just keep you waiting a couple of weeks to give the impression of transparency in the process?
Has anyone else had experience of this?