I just graduated from my bachelor in computing and I’m looking for a 2 years apprenticeship for my Master degree. It’s been 2 months I’m searching and most colleges want a signed promise to hire in 2 weeks from now (deadline) in order for them to consider my application for their degrees.
Because of the little time left I’m thinking about sending a speculative application to a small insurance company where I did my secondary school’s internship (I was accepted there through a speculative application). On the first day there, I was asked to ask questions to peoples with desks located on the right side of the wall. Instead, I bothered peoples on the left side. The recruiter summoned me in his office for 2 hours prompting me to explain such behavior properly.
I made my case worst.
So in the afternoon, he dialed my secondary school in order to tell them he is firing me. They told him full rubbish about my mental health and he accepted to at least let me finish my internship there (I knew it through the recruiter telling me he never heard about such type of disorders and I was too much embarrassed to ask more details).
It was on the first day, but I didn’t use the remaining weeks to make the case better and they were several tasks I achieved differently from the way they were ordered (like using external scripts instead of complex Excel formulas for determining from the name of someone if she/he is male or female).
I left the company feeling I at least know a place that will refuse to hire me when I will be grown up. It happened 12 years ago… I never went back or talked to anyone there again… I never put that internship on my resume.
Since that time I had better work experiences and internships with sometimes getting the boss impressed with my work. But for someone knowing what happened there, the fact on my resume that I failed during several years at the exams of my bachelor degree would smell like I didn’t change.
I checked the technical recruiter Linkedin profile’s and he still occupies the same position in the same company which means he is the guy to whom I need to send my apprenticeship application.
On the other side I have a better episodic memory than most peoples, typically remembering details and peoples while other colleagues and bosses completely forgot about my existence. Normally, the only record the company has about me is I did a 3 weeks internship during June 2009 that I completed on the initial planned period.
Should I simply bet that he forgot about my face and my name ? Or if for that time I should put that internship on my resume along with the other internships, what I should say in my cover letter in order to let him understand I wouldn’t be a bad fit despite my resume telling somewhat otherwise ?