In my last installment of Get Ready For The Waiting Game, I shared some ideas on things you can do to make best use of the clock ticking as you wait for a response from a prospective Employer. In this second part, I'd like to focus on one of the point made in the first:
Be ready for anything! Especially, keep up-to-date on all that's happening at the company you wish to work for. Read and re-read Press Releases, corporate websites, News articles, etc.
If you could be a fly on the wall at the company you wish to work for, you would probably be amazed at all the activity going on this time of year. As we escort 2012 out and welcome 2013, lots of important work is being done behind the scenes. How well you pay attention to all these "goings on" determines how well you'll do once your phone rings for a job offer! Let me explain.
People are busy — real busy. And, even though you might think getting hired is the most important thing in the world (not that there's anything wrong with this within reason, of course) the priorities at the company prevail. Hiring people now often take a back seat to getting all those important tasks, projects, and requirements completed from this current year.
Think about it. If you had your performance evaluation coming up and nothing about hiring new Employees appears on your annual goals, would you be overly concerned about calling back, emailing, or otherwise sending an offer letter to a new Employee? Would you miss the last minute priorities, meetings, and decision-making activities that could make or break your future success for the sake of answering phone calls from people who want to join your team?
It's not that they don't care about you, don't get me wrong here. The issue is that this is that "home stretch", "sprint to the finish", let's "go out on a high note" time of year! Employers and Hiring Managers mean no harm; they just have important stuff to do right now. Unfortunately, you may not be part of that equation, at least for now.
So, what to do?
Remember that bullet point shown at the top of this blog article? That's a clue as to what to do!
Here are some additional clues, keys, tips, & tricks for you to consider:
Thus, the Waiting Game continues! How well you'll fare at the end depends on you!
What are you doing in order to make great things happen once your phone rings?
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