An Open Letter to Employers

Dear Employers,

Please hire me. I have sent you my resume (maybe multiple times) and it’s a good looking one. I used buzz-words and bullet points and lines and stuff. Look at all of my experience! Look at the broad range of things I have done! I made all those things sound as important as possible. Just look it over and give me a call. I’m really cool and once you meet me there’s no way you can’t give me the job! I promise that, even if I don’t know what’s going on, I’m a quick learner. I can do anything. I’m still young, so my brain learns things at light speed. I will work harder than anybody else, I guarantee! I really need to get my bills paid, so if you can quickly make a decision, that’d be great. I understand that you’re not unemployed, so you’re not in as big a rush as me, but I’m freakin out over here! Anyways, I’ve been staring at my phone for the past 6 hours, so you can go ahead and call at anytime. 

Respectfully,

Austin Gilly

This is the email that I wanted to send along with my resume. Over the past 2.5 months, I have sent about 1000 emails with resume attached, and maybe got 5 calls. I wish I was exaggerating.

Those close to me would encourage, saying that these employers aren’t as desperate for workers as you are for a job. I read that employers were now able to be super picky with the unemployment rate so high and so much competition for their open positions.

The encouragement is nice, and very necessary to keep plugging through all the available openings. I got discouraged. The evil thoughts told me I wasn’t qualified to hold a job. I believed them. I believed that I had nothing to offer these companies. I didn’t tell the interviewers that, obviously, but I believed it.

Searching for jobs became a chore. At first, I was excited at the possibilities. After a while, I became lost in myself. I hated looking at job postings because all they told me was that I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t have enough experience, I’m not qualified, etc. I kept doing it because I needed a job, but I have never hated anything more.

Fighting with my inner insecurities is tough. I was emotionally drained after about 10 submissions. I still struggle with them, as I continue to look for work, but I have taken a new perspective, the one that says “God doesn’t call the trained, He trains the called.”

If you grew up in church, like me, that is a very annoying cliche when it refers to ministry. (I was always told I was supposed to be a preacher, so this saying rubbed me the wrong way). But it works in the real world, too. I may not have all the qualifications or experience I need for job a, b, or c, but I’m leaving it up to God now. I only send my resume. It helps a lot, knowing that whether I get this job doesn’t have anything to do with my impressive resume, what I studied in college, or the fact that I’ve done well at real jobs, but only whether God wants me there.

(P.S.- I think I wrote this mostly for myself)

Where does your insecurity rear it’s ugly head? What do you have to leave in God’s hands?

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6 responses to “An Open Letter to Employers

  1. Good post Austin, I’m sure this was for you and it prob. helped getting it out on paper a bit..so sorry to hear you’re still struggleing. i could deff. see you in ministry for sure!! maybe God’s getting your attention…hmm..who knows but now He’s holding your hand cuz you don’t have anywhere else to go..scarry feeling, but safest place in the world! i would tell you to move to odessa b/c there are jobs here, but i know you and your hunny don’t like it here. lol. but i’m praying for you! love ya friend,
    kim
    keep us posted on the job situation!

    • Thanks! It’s not even that we don’t like it, but that we aren’t called there. If we felt called, nothing could stop us. Maybe one day it’ll happen!

  2. Hey Austin, just wanted you to know this prompted me to pray for you. I understand your frustration. Hang in there.God is good. He will provide.

  3. Before getting our job at our current church, i put my resume out to literally a hundred churches across the US. I only heard back from a few of them and only moved forward in the interview process with 3 of those. We struggled for over 3 months before getting the job we now have and know 100% that this is Gods call for us. And even still i daily feel unqualified to do the job i do. But Gods grace is sufficient. Hang in there buddy and I truly believe that God will call you at the right time to the right place! Ive lived it too often for it to fail, even though i know it sucks in the mean time. Ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Youre a stud!

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