In a clip @swedishswan posted on TikTok detailing how she’s been applying for various jobs lately and just gotten a rejection letter.
After sharing how badly she wanted the job, she said she “took a lesson from Gen Z” and decided to move on employer by sending a popular meme.
The meme she picked featured a 1964 painting of Pope Leo X by Fernando Botero, with the phrase “y tho” written on it in white letters.
According to @swedishswan, the meme was successful. Shortly after the meme was sent, the employer contacted her to say they had changed their minds.
“Anyway, it worked,” she said. “They sent me another email saying they actually want to interview me now. I can’t believe this worked.”
As of July 18, the video has more than 1.8 million views. Many TikTok users said in the comments that if they had been the employer who received this meme, they too would have responded with an interview request.
“If someone sent this to me as a recruiter, I would NEED to interview,” one wrote.
“If someone sent me this as a recruiter, I would try to find you another position,” said another.
Other people credited Gen Z for popularizing this type of behavior.
“Gen Z are wizards of life,” one wrote, while another said, “Gen Z has mastered how to do it [’I don’t give a f*** way’] their path to success… It’s like magic to me, I can’t understand how they got that courage.
A third user added, “By replying to a rejection email, I’ve literally got my job now… I kept thinking, what are they going to do, STOP hiring me?”
This isn’t the first time this specific meme has been sent to hiring teams to land a job. In March, @samantha_jane_ shared a TikTok video of an email her sister Hannah received in the meantime working as a recruiter.
According to @samantha_jane_, Hannah responded with the Pope Leo X meme after Hannah told a job applicant that they didn’t get the job.
The Independent contacted @swedishswan for comment.