In an e-mail exchange with the former work colleague who is looking to fill a position for her group, I learned my resume, one of 69 submitted, did not make it past HR.
I was also told by the former work colleague I was not qualified as she was looking for someone with a law degree and with state-level contacts.
I have said this more than once, that government affairs work does not require someone with a law degree, even for drafting legislation. What is more important, IMHO, is someone who has a solid background with whatever product or service the employer they represent provides; a reason why I do not apply to the many government affairs openings in the health care industry.. which in this case, I am on solid, solid ground. And if this was a hard requirement, there would have/should have been in the pre=-screening questions something along the lines of “Do you have a law degree? Yes/No. had that been a hard requirement, I probably would no have submitted my resume.
A person with a law degree does mean compensation will be bumped up/have to be bumped up because of the degree. State-level contacts? Don’t have any, but that doesn’t mean I could not create ones of my own.
Perhaps there isn’t a way to sugar coat what I was told, but it does annoy and perhaps as bro. Pound Salt has told me more than once, I should put this person in the rear view mirror.