I should have been in bed two hours ago...
Friday, August 20, 2010
... but I'm so glad I stayed up late!
I've been applying for jobs lately. I usually wait right until the last minute before the closing date to submit (unless the ad specifically says it may close earlier if sufficient applications are received, in which case I do it asap). This is because I'm never happy with the application. I first read the specs, then let them simmer for a day or two, then write it out and let that simmer for another day or two. Then I go over it editing, copying and pasting, adding, cutting, doing whatever seems better to make it look good, and then on the deadline, I submit it.
Today I got stumped. I'd seen this ad last week, closing date 20th August. I meant to do a last revision of the application yesterday, and submit it first thing this morning. However, yesterday I was all over the place and got home very late, and was in no fit state to think clearly, so I decided I'd go to bed and do everything in the morning just before submitting.
Got up this morning, did what needed doing and, at about 1.30 pm I went to submit... only, it wouldn't let me, said the application was no longer available. I tried a few times over a couple of hours but nope, gone. I was very disappointed: this job is just round the corner from me, good hours, good money and I'm pretty sure I can do it. I thought that maybe they'd given a deadline of *noon* on 20th August, although this organisation never gives time cut-offs, just dates, so in theory I should have been able to do it until 11.59 pm. Still, they could have changed and I could have missed it.
However, although the site was not taking applications, the job ad was still there and it said the closing date was 27th August. Now, I am sure that when I saw it last week it said 20th, 'cos I'd noted it in my diary. Anyway, nothing I could do.... I'd missed it, even though it was 'till the 20th and the ad said 27th. I considered calling HR to find out if they'd let me sneak it in anyway, but I have also applied for another position with the same organisation (for which I'm currently being shortlisted by management which means they might call me for an interview) and I didn't want to draw the wrong sort of attention to myself *before* they call me for the interview. I mean, I could see the managers going "hmmmmmm, shall we call her for an interview? She ticks most boxes... how about being organised, I wonder" when the HR person goes in and mentions my name followed by "she missed the deadline although the vacancy was there all week, can we let her in?"
I was disappointed, but hey, nothing I could do about it, so I went on with the rest of the day, although I was feeling a bit annoyed with myself.
And I got home quite late and very tired, planning an early night, but there was a friend on MSN so I stopped for a chat, and before I knew it it was past midnight.
I was just about to shut the computer down when "ping" went the email! I looked and it was an automated notification from this organisation that a vacancy I'd shown interest in was about to expire. I immediately logged in and found that the ad was still there, with a closing date of 27th August. I gingerly hovered over the "apply for this job" link - this is where it'd sent me to the page saying sorry, too late, earlier today. I clicked and... hey, the application template came up :D
Naturally I filled it in like a shot, with all the info I'd finished writing today, and submitted it. I've just received notification that my application has been received.
Of course it might still not be good enough and I might not even be called for an interview, but I feel better knowing I at least have a chance!
And now, off for a well deserved sleep!