Sometimes It Is A Surprise – Even For You

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known” – Garrison Keillor.

Though we have all heard it numerous times and I believe I have written it on various occasions in this blog but earlier this week I lived the experience of “never say never” and “never give up” when I interviewed with a recruiter for a job that I had thought fell off the face of the earth months ago.  I barely remember applying for the position, probably three months ago, but it was certainly a pleasant surprise to receive an e-mail requesting an interview.  It was definitely a great way to start the week.

Though an interview is not a job offer and unfortunately too many job seekers have gone through numerous situations such as this before, what this experience details is that though you might not have heard from the search committee or recruiter in the last few months regarding a particular job that you have an interest in, that doom and gloom is not always the end product.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What I have learned from this episode is that though we do not want to annoy the decision-makers, that it probably is worthwhile to periodically keep them aware of the fact that we are still available and that we remain interested in the position.  An e-mail with very few expectations is probably the way to go into such a situation.  If it has been awhile since you last corresponded with the search committee or recruiter, consider attaching the latest updated version of your resume and or any other pertinent information about yourself that can update your candidacy since you last communicated.

Though it seems like a never-ending process (from the candidates perspective) with not much to report in the interim; the search for a new Association Manager can take upwards of 8 to 15 weeks for each particular opening.  Of course that’s all dependent on the kind of pre-planning that took place within the organization and whether the previous manager and Board of Directors planned for this transition or that it was a total surprise from one or both of the parties.

“I know that God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much” – Mother Teresa.

Strength of body and mind, vigor and perseverance are traits necessary during a transition period.  Maintaining your self-confidence during times of stress and anxiety is not easy.  Selling yourself as the best candidate for an available position is not the simplest task around, but it does become easier with time and experience.  For those who are introverts such a task can seem quite vexing, but it is amazing what one can do when necessary and who knows – you might find that inner salesman that you thought always loomed within you!

A job seeker must ponder the future in daily intervals.  Plan for today and who knows what comes to pass tomorrow?  The problem with making grandiose plans is that you unfortunately do not have control over many of the deciding factors within the equation.  Control what you can; control and maintain a positive disposition because eventually this too shall pass.

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.  Some come from ahead and some come from behind.  But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m already you see.  Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.!”  – Dr. Seuss.

Dan Borschke is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) who has been a CEO for 3 distinct trade associations in his career.  He is one of only 230 Association Executives worldwide who has been granted the prestigious designation of Fellow by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 1986.  He currently is between positions and is taking the opportunity to author more than 75,000 words or 125 blog postings on the topics of job search, career transition and association management.

Copyright:  MMXI.  Reprint of this article is permitted if the above paragraph is included.

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