Teen who rejected her job rejection is invited back for a second interview
With unemployment rates being such a contentious issue in so many countries, much of the blame can often be put on the individuals seeking a job - with people claiming that if they aren't employed, they simply aren't doing enough to find work.
However, as a person who personally sent over 200 résumés to hopeful employees, only to get eight job interviews back in return, I know first-hand the struggle of trying to find work in such a competitive social climate.
Another person who felt the pressure of trying to find work was 18-year-old Jessica Irving from Sydney, Australia. After applying for the position of Retail Assistant at her local supermarket branch last week, she received a very 'copy and paste' email detailing how her application to work at the German retail store had been unsuccessful.
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The generic rejection email from Aldi read:
"Thank you for taking the time to submit your application for the position of Retail Assistant at Aldi.
"After careful consideration we regret to advise that you have not proceeded to the next stage in this instance."
Ah, I'm sure many of us have been there. However, unlike the rest of us, a determined Irving was adamant she was a suitable person for the position and did the unthinkable; she rejected her own rejection.
Sending an email back to Aldi, the brazen teen wrote:
"Dear Aldi employer,
"Although my application was rejected, I have been applying for jobs for over a year now with no success.
"My skills are on par with your store, with the ability to be exceptionally fast-paced to scan items like every ALDI Team Member does. I pride myself on my impressive sale skills and can describe myself to be very persuasive and show effectiveness.
"So persuasive in fact, that I would like to confidentially reject your rejection. Thank you for letting me be a part of the team, I won't let you down. See you on Monday."
And what's more, the absolutely stunning move paid off. After originally receiving a reply telling her not to go to the store because she had been unsuccessful, she later received another email that invited her to a group interview.
The teen then took to Facebook to reveal how she had found a "loophole for unemployment".
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Irving said:
"Suddenly this morning I woke up and they had selected me for a group interview. I guess a different manager - they must have been impressed by my approach.
"When applying for the job I thought I'd be a really strong candidate. I even waited almost a year to apply due to their 18-plus rule.
"It's one of my local stores so being rejected was kind of a huge bummer and I didn't want to apply for a store so far away so I thought I'd give it a go and it worked, surprisingly."
Jessica is set to attend a group interview with Aldi on Saturday - so all the best!