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08:27 pm: How to keep an applicant in suspense...
I'm sorry to report that I have not yet received a reply from any of the places where I applied, not even a no thank you. I've never been on the hiring end of things, but does it really take over a month to make a decision? There's one position that starts on June 1st, just two weeks away, and still not a peep. I guess all I can do is keep looking.

The art class I'm taking along with megory is going well. The teacher liked the first painting I did, from a photo of a building at Blumen Hugel. The next critique session will be this Thursday. I just finished my painting this afternoon, an imaginary scene of a unicorn gazing at a wishing well under a full moon.

Tomorrow night my brother is taking me to watch Eddie Izzard perform in Detroit. That should be entertaining.


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Date:May 20th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I've found that in job hunting, I either get a reply in five minutes, or I never hear from them again. Though the university world might be different. But don't feel too discouraged, I've heard the same story from a lot of people lately -- resumes everywhere, no responses. Just keep spreading the word that the awesome Amparo is out for hire and someone will realize their good fortune. Good luck!
Eddie Izzard - cool!
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Date:May 22nd, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement!
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Date:May 21st, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Sometimes the best thing to do is just call the company/school yourself. They like to know that you're serious about wanting the job, or, at the very least, you find out faster that they don't want you and don't have to sit around waiting.
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Date:May 22nd, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Well, taking your advice, I called the two places I was concerned about the most. Both said that their decision hadn't yet been finalized. I suppose that's something...
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Date:May 21st, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I've never been on the hiring end of things, but does it really take over a month to make a decision?

That largely - & usually - depends on the type of job you're applying for. For instance, a new upcoming project at a 3rd party call center might've been put on hold by the client, so intake for new call center reps (if needed) would be shelved, either temporarily or permanently.

Another reason could be budget (whatever the job). Say A is the hiring manager who desperately needs a researcher. He goes to HR, who agrees he needs to hire, & they see some applicants. But suddenly B, who's in Finance, tells A his department's budget is blown, or that they didn't factor in for a new headcount. If A is smart (& sometimes lucky), he may have some leeway in other aspects of the dept.'s budget that he can (legally) tinker with, thus getting him that researcher.

I agree with Wednesday; call them up & ask them for a straight answer, especially if it's a place you really have an interest in. A "no, sorry" this time doesn't mean that particular door will close forever. (And I do believe in luck & timing too.) Good luck!
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