Thursday, August 13, 2009
CAN YOU CALL OR CLICK? Chuck Geiger
The big question everyone looking for work keeps asking is; Why can't you just keep us abreast of the process? Pretty simple and clear cut. Haze On The Radio on Face Book late of Z-107.7 St. Louis says "I thought I wold get good karma for all the calls and emails I returned promptly". Nikki Landry late of KBWF San Francisco says "No one is letting you know where you stand in the interview process". You can't infer in a call or email where a person stands in the process. Managers however can say, "I received your material and thank you for submitting, we will be in touch". Is pretty generic. I have had this recently, where you are interviewed for no real opening. I read a smart ass anonymous posting recently on ALL ABOUT COUNTRY from a programmer who said, with all the positions I have at the station, production, on the air, music scheduling and multiple stations, I can't take the time to talk to all you whining job searchers. Nice! I had an interview in Fresno that started in the HR department then went to the hiring manager and they let me know the possible attributes of the position, wages, hours, bonus structure, job detail and more. At the Job Boot Camp I attended last weekend, they talked about how to stay top of mind, thank you letters, keeping in touch with the receptionist about the opening and more. Back to radio and the private sector; Hundred of openings or more for one position. It's not 1992 where you got a phone call from a friend that's a programmer, you send a package and a week later you're in the traded hotel waiting to talk to them. The pool of possible candidates gives the employer time and the narrowing down of the most qualified candidates. I know this sounds basic - But stay in touch by sending emails about the position, when you see something in the trades that might interest the employer or a congratulations on recent ratings, send great audio every so often. Every conversation that you have about the position, take notes and send the bullet points back in an email. Also do what the possible employer is doing to you. They are looking at mutiple candidates. You need to look at mutiple positions. Work more than one job, work on a few. Then you can choose at the end of the day, just like the employer will have to do.