My year of applications

The training contract deadline period for application has now passed for another year. It appears that I have been unsuccessful again this year in securing a training contract, which means that if I am successful next year, I am looking at a 2007 start.

I thought it would be useful to give an overview of this year’s applications and rejections and non responses. So here goes, “a year in the life of a rejected candidate”.
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“Feedback” received

Had really helpful replies from Charles Russell and Olswang (!).

Dear Robert

Thank you for your email regarding your application for a Training Contract.

Unfortunately due to the large number of applications that we received it is not possible to provide feedback to applicants who have not reached interview stage.

However, I think it is safe to say that the calibre of applications we received was especially high and it would not necessarily have been one particular aspect of your CV and covering letter that affected your application, simply that other applications were considered stronger overall.

I hope this is not too much of a disappointment to you and wish you every success in securing a Training Contract elsewhere.

Kind regards
Angela Meakins
HR Manager

Dear Robert

Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to give individuals feedback on their application at this stage of the process.

We are sorry, but would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck in securing a training contract.


The Graduate Recruitment Team

Why doesn’t these replies surprise me?

Light at the end of the tunnel?

I received a reply from Eversheds LLP this morning to my request for feedback. This is what they said:

Dear Robert

Thank you for your e-mail.

I confirm we will be in contact shortly.


Eversheds LLP Graduate Recruitment

That’s something different, plus they got my name right this time! Will keep you updated.