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August 14, 2007

echoes from the void

We got our grades back from my Financial Management class, and while I bombed the final and mid-term, the paper I wrote (or pity) got me a final grade of a 'B'. I passed and won't have to take that goddamn class ever again, for which I am thankful.

I wrote a while back about some 'possible changes' that were on the horizon for me. Well, that didn't pan out I am sad to say. I interviewed for a new job on campus where I work. It would have been an upgrade in pay and responsibility in a field I'm more interested in. I got a phone and in-person interview, but I was sick as a dog a the time and did not have my game on as much as I could have. I left out or did not mention a lot of things I could have contributed to the job. I keep forgetting that I can do things that other people can't do very well.

The disappointing part is that since then I've gotten no word at all from the interview committee about whether or not I was considered after that - nothing, not a word, except for an envelope of the interview materials I handed out during the interview. The envelope had no cover letter or any information at all included with my returned publications. The next day I happened to go to a meeting of my peers and got word of their final decision from another person's announcement during the meeting. She got the job, is qualified, and I'm glad for her, but hearing about the search committee's decision by word of mouth was kind of disappointing. I guess if my only function in the interviews was to serve as the token guy (or gay) of selectees, they don't need to inform me whether or not a selection had been made.

With this summer's move and resultant busyness, to be honest I was not in the mood for another major life change, and a new job would have been just that. But I was excited about the possibility, and to just get dropped out of the loop without a word was disappointing. I might expect that from a crappy date, but not from a purportedly professional organization. A form rejection letter will get the message across, but echoes from the void is just cold.

Chin up, I will be OK, and will keep trying. This October marks my 4th year in a single position - the longest I've been in a job to date. But it's time to move on as the plant is growing out of its pot. I have to stay in the institution where I work to continue getting reimbursed tuition, and I think I have three classes left to go, so I'm sorta stuck here until 2008.

Posted by jimbo at August 14, 2007 10:27 AM


Well, I think when a department can't follow basic standards of etiquette (like a rejection letter); it's a good sign that that is not a place which you want to work. In my experience, the little details say a lot about how things are run. But I am sorry. I know that feeling of disappointment sucks ass!

Posted by: diamondfistwerny (Steve) at August 14, 2007 11:50 AM

I know it sounds totally trite, but I'd have to question weather or not a "professional organization" that handles interviewees in such a way would be worthy of your time and talents? I mean, if they treat people they're hoping to entice into working there like red-headed step children, what'll it be like once the honeymoon is over?

Posted by: Frank at August 14, 2007 11:52 AM

It's total crap that hiring managers can get away with the kind of treatment they gave you. I had an interview back in May and never heard back from the organization. And this was a "live" person-to-person "I was in their office interview." Plus it was with a former member of Congress! It's rude, cheap, stupid and unprofessional that businesses and organizations carry on like this. As you can see, your post riled me up, as I'm currently looking for a new job myself! In the end, I tell myself I wouldn't want to work for anyone who can't communinicate on such a basic level...

Posted by: Mike at August 15, 2007 5:01 PM

In my world it's usually months after the selection before you get anything, if you actually do, so I recognize the feeling. Plus between Memorial and Labor Day, it's like molasses flowing uphill.

I don't know when your fiscal year begins, but maybe things will free up after that?

Posted by: copperred at August 16, 2007 1:05 AM

Man, not even the courtesy of a rejection letter AND to hear about from someone else IN PUBLIC. Real frickin rude.
This has happened to me as well. I once paid for a flight to go to an out-of-state interview. Fuckers didn't even have the courtesy to let me know they picked someone else.
Yeah, I'm bitter.

Posted by: 207guy at August 16, 2007 9:02 PM

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