‘My advertising trajectory as told through hotmail’ by @laurenpeters123

My Advertising Trajectory As Told Through Hotmail

By Lauren Peters

This scab is inordinately long and therefore justifies a contents page. Feel free to ignore elements/all of the following.

My advertising trajectory as told through hotmail

There are 37 days left until portfolio day.

That’s less than the number of job interviews I sat through since graduating in 2014.

As a fairly epic and somewhat humiliating reminder of how things have changed for me over the last couple of years, I thought I’d detail my advertising trajectory by trawling through my hotmail account for as many responses as I could find. For anyone unsure as to whether persistence is key, spoiler, it is.

29/07/14 Graphic Alliance

All of the applications for the internship posts have now been considered and I regret to say that you have been unsuccessful at this time.

17/09/14 AMV

We regret to inform you that you have not been successful this time in getting through to the next stage of our selection process.

22/09/14 JWT

Unfortunately at this time we are not going to take your application further. This has been an extremely tough decision to make.

22/10/14 CHI&Partners

It is always sad that we have more good candidates than we have places to offer and it is especially sad to have to say to you that we are unable to offer you a place at this time.

27/10/14 Leo Burnett

We have now finished reviewing all applications and, after much deliberation, it is with regret that we won’t be proceeding further with your application.

08/11/14 Grey

Sadly, we don’t have room to offer 430 people a job and we’ve had to choose just 40 people to go through to the next stage.

13/12/14 Engine

Unfortunately, due to the level of response we receive for our vacancies, we are unable to inform applicants that their application has been unsuccessful.

03/01/15 Karmarama

Unfortunately we have decided to go with another applicant for the position.

13/01/15 Ogilvy

We have now reviewed all the applications and unfortunately you have not been selected for interview this year.

04/02/15 Saatchi & Saatchi

We are sorry to say that unfortunately you haven’t been successful on this occasion.

27/03/15 Mother

Because there is such a high volume of interest in these roles if you have not heard back in 4 weeks, then your application has been unsuccessful.

28/03/15 W+K

We will forward your application on to the relevant department and if you are successful we will be in touch shortly. (Pending).

30/03/15 MediaTrust

Thank you for applying for a position at Media Trust. If we wish to take your application further we will contact you within the next three weeks. (Pending).

13/04/15 Nice & Serious

We normally receive hundreds of applications and as we’re a small team, we will only be able to respond to you if you have been successful. (Pending).

21/04/15 Neo

We aren’t currently able to offer you an internship at Neo.

22/04/15 The GOOD Agency

Unfortunately, you weren’t shortlisted for interview this time but do keep an eye out on our website for future vacancies.

16/06/15/ Red Brick Road

Thank you for submitting your resume. Our management team is reviewing your qualifications and will contact you if there is a match with our current open positions. (Pending).

26/06/15 St Luke’s

We have decided to proceed with a more experienced candidate in the end that was available immediately due to the demands of the work at present.

12/04/16 Wag TV

I’m afraid that someone else who had worked on lots of archive driven shows before has become available and we have offered them the role on World War Weird.

25/05/16 SCA


26/06/16 ForeverBeta

We really enjoyed meeting you though, we will be back in touch. (Pending).

02/07/16 Lemonade Money

I just wanted to let you know that we’ve now recruited for this position.

07/07/16 – Matter & Co.

Unfortunately we have decided not to progress with your application.

03/07/16 C4

Having carefully reviewed your application we regret to inform you that you will not be progressing to the next level of the recruitment process.

04/07/16 Gramafilm

We will only contact shortlisted candidates. (Pending).

05/07/16 BBC

We’ll get back to you shortly. (Pending).

12/07/16 Don’t Panic

Yeah remember seeing that.

21/07/16 Flamingo

Would you be free with either Thursday or Friday morning next week?

26/07/16 SCA

Re: Lauren is joining the ’16 intake.



Dear Lauren,

Thank you for your recent interest in Cafe Customer Assistant role within Marks & Spencer, however we have noticed that despite being successful through the initial screening process you have not yet completed the next stage of the application process. Cafe Customer Assistant roles are very popular, so if you are still interested in progressing your application, please go to…

Hello Lauren Peters,

You have started your application for The Island but haven’t yet completed it. Please note that applications close on the 1st July. So only a week to go!

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