I applied for a couple of positions, and had waited to for an update from Human Resources. This past Friday, I a few updates on my search for full-time employment. Unfortunately none of it was the type of news that I had hoped for.
I applied for a position at the college where I now work. I believed that I would have a good opportunity to get an interview, and eventually hired since I knew the college well already. I attempted to network with some people and spent some time making sure my application looked good. When I sent an email to Human Resources asking for an update, I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied. Apparently the hiring committee didn’t think that I was qualified enough to even bother with an interview.
I applied to another university thinking that I might have an advantage over other applicants. It was the university that I had just graduated from. I tried to network with some of the people in the department where I would be working through LinkedIn. However I was sent an email telling me of the same news. I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied.
I have spent the time since then to try to figure out my next move. Maybe I need to be more selective on the jobs that I apply for, and not assume that any past association with a college or university will give me an advantage.