A woman was left feeling rather bemused after being turned down for a job at a school – eight years after she applied.
Businesswoman Zoe Johnson was stunned when a message arrived in her LinkedIn inbox breaking the bad news.
It said: “Hi Zoe, Thanks for reaching out, but I’m not interested.”
But Zoe, 39, was not too disappointed by the snub – as she’s started her own skincare business since applying for the role.
She said: “It was quite to the point and I thought saying ‘thanks I wasn’t waiting on it’.
“It was just funny – because when you send the message on LinkedIn they can accept or reject it. She chose to reject it so I couldn’t respond to it and say anything.
“I don’t get why she bothered either all these years later? When I originally messaged her it was quite a long but polite message.
“I asked who would be the best person to speak to etc. But the exact response was ‘Hi Zoe, thanks for reaching out, but I’m not interested. Thanks for reaching out’.
“It is just funny because it was quite short.”
Zoe had applied for a teaching assistant vacancy near her home in Canterbury, Kent in 2013, but presumed she had been rejected after hearing nothing.
The mum-of-two then ploughed on with her skincare business ZoeBee Beauty while working other odd jobs.
Since being founded in 2012 it really took off in 2016 and now employs six people including her husband Theo near Canterbury, Kent.
In 2013 the mum-of-two had just launched her business a year earlier and was looking for jobs to keep her afloat.
Although teaching assistants aren’t very well paid she thought that she could work the role around her business.
She later applied to several schools around her home near Canterbury while her business took off.
It is now doing really well and the business plants a tree for every order. Since its creation, it has planted more than 40,000 trees.
The fact the school replied so long after the job was posted is surprising, according to investment platform Invezz.
And it said that with huge numbers of job vacancies across the UK it would be unwise for employers to be so “curt” with prospective employees.
A spokesman said: “It’s never a good idea to be rude to people applying to work for you. It won’t endear them or anyone else to apply.
“And with the market being massively in favour of workers at the moment it puts the ball firmly in their court.”