Yasin Kheradmand is a developer with the Huzzle Love Letters App
Only 1 in 4 job applications ever get seen by an actual human being. The rest are filtered out by heartless algorithms that filter by keywords. “I applied to 121 internships, got 4 interviews, 3 rejections, one offer. That one offer was then pulled due to COVID-19” says Manuja Jayawardana, a student who recently started a podcast about how hard it is to get into industry. This story is incredibly familiar, and is recounted over and over by students of all backgrounds, and from all universities.
Students have to search for hours on job boards, create excel spreadsheets where they keep track of all of their applications, and their progress – all while juggling schoolwork, exams, essays and deadlines. This already stressful situation is only exacerbated by the receipt of numerous rejection letters which have been clearly sent by a computer that has just converted their valuable skills and experience into keywords and data.
Our London-based company, Huzzle, is trying to solve this problem. Founded by a few students who know these pains first-hand, we set out to take the heartache out of this journey. “Every time a student gets a rejection email in their inbox, their heart sinks, and they feel the pain for the whole day. By matching students directly to the jobs that fit their skills and background, we help them get accepted more quickly.” says Parham, the founder – who recently graduated from UCL.
The team have been working on their matching algorithm, and have released a beta version of their app which students can download now. In parallel, “In order to already help relieve students’ heart ache”, they’ve launched Huzzle Love Letters; where they will re-write rejection emails into funny love letters that open with tidbits such as “Dear Candidate no. 3218”, and sign off with “An Automated Response System”. One funny example sent to Alicia, a Westminister student after she got rejected from an internship at a big bank said: “Unfortunately, we have concluded that you are quite simply too awesome for our organisation, which is incredibly dull and boring. Please do not be disheartened, your application suggests that you will be a great success as long as you don’t work for a boring company like ours.”
While Huzzle continues to work on solving the recruitment problem, students can send their own rejection letters to email@example.com in order to have a laugh, and take a breath, before diving back into the job search.