You’ve got to love being able to apply for jobs on the Internet.
I got six resumes out in two hours yesterday morning. The only thing I find that you have to be really careful with is editing the cover letters so that your cover letter for a marketing position doesn’t have a final paragraph that says, “I would love the chance to work at your school.”
That’s even more important when applying for an editing job.
I am spreading things out more now, looking for part-time positions and really examining some of the jobs that want writers and editors to work from home. Yes, my eyes are open, and I am not going to shell out $100 for a “How to work from home” booklet. To paraphrase the Olympic announcer from last night, “This ain’t my first rodeo.”
The primary goal, though is a full-time job, and I am working on that.
But while I really want to get hired, I have to say I truly appreciate places like Hudson Valley Community College, that send you a letter saying that they appreciated your application but hired someone else. The HVCC job was the first one I applied for in this job hunt. That letter went out Feb. 1 and I got the “No thanks” letter” earlier this week. I also got a “No thanks” letter from a school system near Syracuse.
Going into this week, I had applied for 12 positions. I’ve got the two “No” responses and had an interview then a turn-down at a non-profit in Albany. I have got a call back for more information from the Census Bureau, but no interview yet.
I also sent out six “query” letters to folks in the newspaper business who were not advertising for positions, and I have gotten, but no offers yet. In addition, I have contacted at least one other person with a “fishing” letter, someone I have worked closely with, but again, no response.
No bitterness here. Just observations and appreciation from those I have heard back from.
As I said, six more resumes out yesterday, and a couple to go over the transom today.
These are definitely interesting times.