My Job Search: More Bad News

 

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.

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