I spent the morning reading resumes for my replacement at the Foundation. It was so much fun. And weird. I have been writing so many cover letters myself recently that reading ones addressed to “me” feels like a major plot twist.
I now understand better why career services drills it into our heads that you should tailor the letter to the company (or at least research the company before writing) because I could not believe the number of letters that spoke of ‘a great love for the environment‘ or ‘desire to work towards organic sustainability.’ (Yeah, that’s not what we do. Or have ever done.)
Mostly, though, I compare this somewhat complex hiring process to when I got hired. My hiring went something like this:
Intern Before Me: “Hey this girl Amy is cool you should hire her.”
Now we are going through a formal On Campus Interview process complete with writing sample, resume, cover letter, and almost two dozen applicants.
It kind of reminds me of how I got hired at AFP. Someone recommended someone else to hire me. Then when a position came up full time, I had a phone interview and landed myself the gig full time.
When I left, the same position required multiple interviews and a trip to D.C. to meet with HR in person.
It really is all about who you know. And I’ve been fortunate in the people who know me. (That said, if any of you have a lead about a legal job…I’m all ears.)