Friday, May 25, 2012

Resume Bomb: Beginning Consequences

Now, most of you probably know that I have had to make due with some...unfulfilling employment over recent years.  Nothing astronomically bad (although they've all had those moments!) just not what I really want to do.

As a teenager, I pretty much grew up in a television studio.  I could run anything in the studio (except for maybe the vcrs that actually sent out each program over the airwaves--I never touched those!) and loved it all.  I worked for free, every day after school for HOURS, helping people with their shows.  This is what I want to get involved with again...although, as an adult, I want to be paid for it.

Fast forward to now.  After working with a temp agency, scouring job boards and exhausting my connections, I've decided to take a simple route:  I will send my resume and cover letter to television studios within x miles of my home.

So, on Tuesday I sent out my first ten resumes/cover letters.  I call this "resume bombing".  These attempts to reach stations are totally unsolicited, and while I'm not sure this is professional of me, at this point I don't care anymore.  I'd just liked to get my name out there.

Today I got my first call back.

Now, I'm shy to pick up unknown or blocked numbers.  I hate the telephone and loathe getting into a situation with a telemarketer or a persistent friend who won't let me go when I say "I have to go."  But when applying for jobs?  Yeah, I have to make an exception.

My phone rang first at 8:32 AM.  My alarm clock doesn't go off until 9, so I automatically hit "reject" without even thinking.  Don't try to talk to me pre-alarm.

Then, at 10:18, I missed another call.  Thinking, oh, crap.  I sent out my resume!  Maybe this is someone calling about that...I googled both numbers (they were different) but they both went to the same place.  It was, in fact, one of the places I resume-bombed.

But they weren't leaving messages.  Just calling and hanging up.  Wtf?

Finally, I kept glued to my phone.  At 8:22 PM, they finally called back again.

"I'm a little confused,"  a mans voice said to me.  "I don't know what you've been told...but we don't do this sort of thing.  We finance documentaries and Broadway musicals."

(An avid lover of all things Broadway, my stomach jumped a little at these words.  I refrained from immediately babbling that I loved Broadway too and would they hire me for something else instead?)

He asked, "Did my partner ask you to send him your resume?"

I 'fessed up--that I had found his business listing online in the yellow pages under the "television studio" section.

He seemed relieved and told me that he was concerned his partner had been trying to hire someone behind his back.  I assured him there was no funny business around my letter--I was simply trying to reach studios in my area.  I apologized for wasting his time and thought we would hang up, but he went on:

"Well, I don't know if they're hiring, but I have a meeting tomorrow at [local television studio].  I have a friend there.  I can get your resume to him while I'm there."

I was a little stunned.  Honestly, I fully expected people to respond to my unsolicited resume/cover letter with distain.  With, "Why are you wasting my time?"  with, "You don't have a degree in this." with, "You don't know how to use program x?  Or program y?"  Or, moreover, with SILENCE.

For a first-responder, this stranger far exceeded my expectations.

Thanks, random dude.  Even if they aren't hiring and our conversation doesn't end in my getting a job, you've made me feel a little bit better about the human race today.  For everyone who is judging me harshly, there's another person somewhere who's willing to lend a hand where it's needed.  And I appreciate that.

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