Like many young adults, I've often sent job applications via e-mail. In the past I applied for many jobs. I made a point of emphasizing my writing experience and my familiarity with computers. Often, I didn't even receive a response. This annoyed and confused me. What about my applications made them not even want to answer? What was I doing wrong?
I only discovered the answer years later, after I'd graduated from high school and joined a job training program.
A Valuable Opportunity
My instructor in a computer class recommended I apply to the job training program, which prepares urban youth for careers in corporate America. At first I was skeptical; I'd just finished a whole course on computers and figured I knew enough. But my instructor told me that this job training program would give me the chance to get valuable work experience in my field.
The application process was involved. I had to gather two forms of ID, my high school diploma, and my high school transcript, then write a two-page essay and get a recommendation. I also submitted my SAT score, my resume, and anything else I thought would look good to the admissions team.
The next step was a visit to the job training program's office, where they tested my writing and basic computer skills, and a friendly member of the admissions team asked me questions one-on-one.
Waiting to find out whether I'd been accepted was more nerve-wracking than the actual application process. I thought about my options if I didn't get in; with so little work experience, I worried I wouldn't be able to get a high-paying job. And I'd missed the fall deadline for college applications, so I'd have to wait five months if I wanted to enroll in school.