- February 6 – I wrote “Why I Should Work for Radian6“
- February 7 – I got contacted by a recruiter via email. Dave Gallant (@davergallant) wrote 5 Lessons Learned from a “Please Hire Me” Blog Post to Radian6. Ragan Communications wrote Clever or crazy: College student blogs for social media agency to hire him
- February 8 – I had a phone interview with a recruiter
- February 10 – Mount Allison University wrote Can social media get you a job? Mount Allison student thinks it can. Media Bistro wrote College Kid Posts ‘Radian6 Should Hire Me’ Blog Post, Gets Attention
- February 15 – I had a phone interview with David Thomas (@davidbthomas) about the Community Engagement Specialist position (not the position I applied for).
- Week of February 20-24 – Had several back and forth emails with a lead Community Engagement Specialist about the position. Also had an email from a Community Engagement Specialist asking me to… (This part I’ll keep a surprise for later on ;))
- February 27 – Received an email from a recruiter saying that I did not receive the Community Engagement Specialist position, but I should check back with them in April (closer to my graduation) to see what is available then.
The Community Engagement Specialist position they were considering me for was a term position for a maternity leave, and they needed someone that could start overlap training in March. Since I have university going until April 16, I could not start training until then. I was still very much interested in the position, but they had to review all options. I fully understand that timing is key in these types of decisions, and that a later training date was just not possible.
And as for checking back with them in April, I will most definitely do so! I fully understand that they are a fast growing company, and they are not necessarily sure of what positions will be open in May. So I will be contacting the recruiters again in a month or so, and will keep going with this quest to work for Radian6 then :).
Take-away from the experience so far: Timing is very important! I’m starting to think that maybe I should have held back a little bit longer on my blog post, and release it a bit closer to my graduation. And when it comes to certain positions, you might be qualified, but timing plays a large role in the hiring decision as well.
So stay tuned! I am not giving up on this quest (because they told me to keep trying, that should be a sign that they are still interested, right?) and I will get back in touch with the Radian6 recruiting team later in April 🙂