I can’t begin to tell you how many job applications I’ve completed over the past few months. I’m a little embarrassed about it. My friends tell me that it’s normal. Economy. Recession. Blah, Blah, Blah.
Give it six months, a year, “something will come through soon.”
“God has something for you.”
“God didn’t want you to get that job. He’s got something better for you.”
I heard those lines of encouragement so many times, I felt guilty about feeling sick of hearing them. But, I had to admit, whether the comments were made because folk felt sorry for me, or whether they really believed it, or whether these are the comments written in the book of “what to say when people lose their jobs,”; I know for sure, I still got discouraged.
There is something that I’ve realized while navigating my journey through the mist of this unemployment fog. It really does matter who you know. I finally got a little part time gig, teaching at a small seminary school that I’d NEVER heard of. Coincidentally there is another Never; I NEVER completed an application for the job. A colleague of mine in-boxed me on Facebook and said, “if you want to teach the classes, you can have them.”
Heck yeah I wanted them! As tedious as it is to design a class syllabus, study a new text book (or 2 or 3) and grade papers, I so miss being in the classroom. I was like a fiend, and jumped at the first possibility of taking a teaching hit. But that’s not the point.
After all of those applications I competed, both on and off line, not one of them gave me a potential seat at the table of teaching. It was my wonderful colleague who remembered me and suggested to his superior that I would be a good teacher for their institution. I’ve received another “by way of reputation” invitation like this, was a shoe in for the job, and then, and then, funding was pulled.
Who you know ( or knew ) works, but it only works if you didn’t act an (oh wait, I almost cussed). Let me start over, it only works if you leave a place without burning bridges. This. Is. So. Important. I’ve heard wise men and women say that you should treat everyone right, because you never know who you’ll run into down the road. It’s true. The other interview was obtained only because of comments from some of my students at my prior job. I hear that a couple of them actually failed my class. But, I must have failed them “gently,” because they thought enough of me to carry my name to another institution.
My point, in your search for grace in certain areas of your life, remember, you are in a continuous state of networking. Let your net worth be worth something to someone by being nice. You never know who will be sitting behind the desk passing out the products you need on down the road.
Patching up bridges,