I had a former boss who said, “You learn more from your mistakes that your successes.” I’m not sure if he was trying to encourage me or warn me.
I learned one of those lessons lately and it cost me a possible job. I had applied for a communications/media job. I knew I was qualified. They asked me to send in my resume, along with some of my previous work by the 4th (just pick a month). I spent some time and got it sent off by the 2nd. I didn’t hear back the first week but I didn’t want to appear “anxious” so I waited until the following week and emailed back and followed it up with a call. The HR person said she never received my material and the job was offered to someone else! Ouch! My email didn’t come backed so I assumed she got it. Perhaps she did but it may have gotten lost. Either way, I missed the job.
If you apply for a job, perhaps you can learn these points from me:
- Get your stuff in early
- Ask for a reply they received the material (I did that but it didn’t help).
- Instead, after you send the requested material, call the HR person and ask if they received it.
- While you have them on the phone, ask for a time frame on when a hire decision is expected.
- Email and call back just before the hire date.
- Make contact after the hire date.
I know it seems like a lot for chasing but it may be the difference between getting a job or writing a blog post how you missed it!
(c) 2016 Wally Johnston