That's what you get during the process of looking for a job...letters. The following are excerpts from the letters I've received over the past few months.
"While your skills are certainly impressive, we have selected other candidates..."
"Thank you for your interest...This position has now been filled..."
"Unfortunately you were not selected to move forward in the hiring process."
"Unfortunately we have had to recently make some budgetary changes that necessitate that we put hiring for this position on hold."
"We regret to inform you that you were not selected for an interview."
Friday I received a letter that was a little different...
"Although we do not have any positions open at this time, we would like the opportunity to contact you in the future to check your availability for needed dates..."
This last one was from an attorney's office that I visited a few weeks ago. I was going around to different offices leaving my resume and seemed to have peaked the interest of this office. I called them this afternoon and spoke with them briefly about it. Basically, they really liked my resume and want to have me 'on call' in case they ever need someone to fill in for a secretary on vacation, etc. So, while I haven't been hired or anything it's definitely a start in the right direction. Maybe I'll be able to do some work for them and they'll find that they want to bring on a third secretary. Or, they may hear about another law office that needs a secretary and be able to refer me to them. It's all about who you know in this little town!