Where I live in quite small and so generally my searches for a job have been much wider, but I was pleased when a recent design job was advertised in my local newspaper for a graduate graphic designer. These jobs rarely come up here as the business is small here, so naturally I thought I might actually have a chance at this one!
After just over a week I heard no reply to my application and so I thought would email them to see how the whole thing is going, and to find out sooner whether I was successful or not at securing an interview. However I received the email bearing some slightly disappointing news. The email basically said that they had an overwhelming amount of applications, over 300 and it's taking them a while to go through them all!
I am lost for words to think that over 300 applications were received for this small place in Lichfield. I recently heard a statistic regarding the economic problems saying that for every 1 job 50 people apply. This doesn't leave me with much hope as only 50 applications is obviously quite optimistic by comparison to this one particular job I applied for! I'm not sure whether I should laugh or cry. I'd probably have a better chance of winning big brother!
On reflection this job was small by comparison to some of the bigger companies that I have applied for and it chills me to think of how many would have actually applied to these jobs. No wonder they never get back to you!