Two weeks ago, I applied for a (non-academic) job. A job I have the relevant experience for, and one which I would have loved, and been good at. I spent a half-day fantasizing excitedly about all the possibilities the job offered (ignoring the draft of Chapter 3 which needed doing), and several other days/ half-days, here and there, working painstakingly on the application. After two weeks waiting with baited breath, I got the email yesterday. I didn't even get an interview. They regret but they don't give feedback on unsuccessful applications.
I know that this probably isn't my fault, that I did my best, that the job probably will go to someone internal/ someone with more experience. Whatever. Still, it was sad. Maybe they looked at my CV and saw the long list of educational projects with which I have been amusing myself over the last years, and they thought: no, this person obviously wants to be an academic one day, and they are just thinking of this job as a stop-gap before they get their first academic job.
Maybe I should have quit the PhD in my second year after all.