Pre-covid I had applied speculatively for unpaid internships and had one decision maker write back that he:
really didn't have anything suitable at the current time
definitely admired my energy
certainly be in touch if something suitable came along.
I don't know why I thought he was being sarcastic when I read it, like he was mocking me? It's the admire my energy bit that really threw me off. I've never had anyone be so complimentary (if he was being that ) over a simple inquiry.
I'm asking as in a few months I am going to start writing again to heads of small companies speculatively for opportunities and don't know whether to include him on my list? It is difficult trying to encode ambiguously worded emails, for all I know he could be saying quit buzzing round me and wish people would be more direct & forthright in their communications so as not to lead potential applicants on.
EDIT: I have now included a culture tag. I am in the UK where indirect communications and the recipient having to. decipher the subtext is very much the norm as opposed to direct communications.