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 Post subject: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:52 pm 
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Hi there everyone -
I've been reading this board for a little while now, but haven't posted much. Anyway, I was looking for a little advice - I've interviewed for a job at a good paper that I'd really like to work at. I think there's about 4 or 5 others interviewing for the same job.
They gave me a list of phone numbers in the department and told me to call if I have any questions, Well, I really don't, but I kind of want to call to show some interest, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I'm already pretty familiar with the paper and I know a good bit about the job I'd be doing, so I'm not sure what else to ask.
Also, I currently work at a "sister" paper about 30-45 minutes south of the paper I interviewed at.
Anyway, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:17 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Biggdbo:
They gave me a list of phone numbers in the department and told me to call if I have any questions.<hr></blockquote>You don't think they meant that, do you?<p>If you don't have any legitimate questions, send the "thank you for your consideration" note and make the follow-up phone call in about a week. That should cover it.<p> <blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Also, I currently work at a "sister" paper about 30-45 minutes south of the paper I interviewed at. <hr></blockquote>If your definition of "sister" is the same as mine, that'd give you an edge since you already know their style, software, employee expectations and guidelines, etc. <p>Then again, some papers don't like to hire from within the "family" because they think it's harder to get a family member to play by their rules. <p>Anyway, good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:51 am 
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Well, I guess I just wanted to have all my bases covered.
As far as us being a sister paper, we actually use a different system and have varying styles. We were bought into the company a couple years ago, and we're still running on an ancient, crappy ATS system. But I do think I have a bit of an edge. Although my main "in" at that paper has moved on ... we'll see how it turns out. Thanks for the help.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:14 am 
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Not that all of you were terribly concerned, but it seems I will be passed over for this job. <p>The "sister" paper has just hired a reporter from us, and word here is it's very unlikely they will take two people from here at the same time. <p>That means I'm stuck here making next to nothing, which in turn means I'm going to be out looking for some part-time work to fully support the family ... sigh ...<p>Sorry, I don't mean to drown my sorrows here at TCE, but I just learned this news a few hours ago, and I'm still a little bummed. <p>But nothing has been officially confirmed yet, so there is still a slight glimmer of hope ... If anyone cares, I'll keep you updated. Even if nobody cares, I may keep you updated anyway.<p>By the way, I really enjoy this board, and I'm picking up loads of great tips and links. So I guess this is just a big "thanks" to everyone who contributes.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:42 am 
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Bummer. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:37 pm 
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Well, you can hope that you were the very closely ranked second choice and that the reporter they did hire doesn't work out and you're next.<p>Or you may have impressed them so much that they're willing to overlook the "sister" thing.<p>It ain't over until it's over. Maybe checking back for an "update on the status of the job" is a good idea?<p>Best of luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please help me!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 11:38 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by majorbabs:
Well, you can hope that you were the very closely ranked second choice and that the reporter they did hire doesn't work out and you're next.<hr></blockquote><p>Or, keep hoping that the reporter works out really, really well. Then they'll be inclined to look to their sister paper for reinforcements.


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