Career Calling

October 27, 2011

Waiting by the Phone

I ran into a client last week who is trying to land a teaching position.  There is an opening at a school where he has been a substitute teacher.  He knows the assistant principal who is leading the hiring committee.  It’s been over two weeks since he sent her a resume.  He did the right thing by following up by phone and email.  No response

It’s a story I’ve heard again and again.  “Why don’t they get back to you?”  Many clients get so aggravated and feel so mistreated that they stop applying for jobs.  That’s a big mistake.  You don’t want someone to call or email just to say they don’t want to hire you.  That game is lost.  Keep playing.  Rather than ask why someone’s not calling, find the company that wants you to work for them, the company that needs your skills.

Don’t wait for the phone to ring.  Stay in the game and keep playing hard until the phone rings.  Forget the rejection, stewing in it just makes you miserable.  Look for the employer who wants you.  That’s when you’ll win.


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