I’m really sorry,” the hiring manager told me. “You’re very qualified, but you’re not a good fit for our cafe.”

This rejection, by a coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, was the seventh in a string of rejections I received from coffee and food service jobs during a one-and-a-half week period in June 2016—not counting some places that accepted my application and never heard back.

I was devastated, and furious.

I have had years of experience in customer service. I’d worked for Starbucks for two years in several roles, and was at one point recognized as “Partner of the Quarter.” I had my Coffee Master certification and coveted black apron. I could sip a cup of coffee and tell you where the beans came from.

Read the full article at The Progressive.

Robin Savannah Carver is a development associate at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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