We wait patiently at the phone, expecting a call about the next step in the process.
Cover Letter: eh, but it will do!
But there is a constant silence from the institution.
I am only one call away.
As my current work continues, the phone loosens its grip on my throat and the reality becomes as tangled as the cord shortening my reach. It is ring ring….ring…HELLO!
Does the institution hear me?
The caller ID would conclude, no.
Identities are submerged in non-recyclable piles to drown in absence. My presence and struggles to breathe remain in the sinking office chair respectfully supporting my rippled routine. The students still live and continue to benefit; however, the lighthouse that once gave these same students a beacon to explore themselves is now lost in dust, delusion, and professional decomposition.
Institutions: communication is a lost bill to save $ and spend disregard.
If I were to mimic the same silence and hide, would this not threaten my reputation within Higher Education? Would this also, therefore, disrespect time given from the institution? Then how, as the institution as a captain for growth and education, is it excusable to leave someone trembling on a busy tone?
It is understandable that Human Resource departments become overwhelmed due to applications. This can result in a communication decline. But when the office closes, so does opportunity. A robotic response would still give someone the chance to shut down and reboot for upcoming posts. However, when no response comes, where does personal value start and your process end?
It might not be important to address because those who search need to understand the tidal amounts in review and discussion. But for those in Higher Education who still sail on interaction and authentic communication, we need to know where we stand. Imagine your response when a friend does not tell you information about plans you started to make or if they have to cancel. You miss out and lose some guidance, dont’cha?
Make the communication as short as you need…but make the communication. It is a good relationship principle.
I would like to thank the institutions who take the time and understand the difficult thoughts and hopes the search process creates. I would like to request those that fail in their communication to think about the people who, even when VERY unqualified, could be the best candidate. When you finally call, no one will be on the other side.
Someone’s future is only one call away…do not miss the phone.
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Podcast With Quint Geis on #SAGrad, Life, and Job Searching