I hope I get it

What you’re thinking after interviewing is exactly what dancers in the opening number of “A Chorus Line” are saying to themselves after auditioning for a role: “God, I hope I get it.”

In the Broadway Musical, dancers sing about their worries, fears, and doubts about a new job opportunity. A few of them get callbacks—invitations from the director to return for a second audition. Most of them don’t. The hardest part of an actor’s life is waiting for the callback that might not come. That’s why actors don’t wait for their phones to ring. Performers spend most of their lives “making the rounds,” a term for visiting casting directors, mailing their sales material to agents and producers, and trying to find more parts to audition for.

Your job of finding a job is similar to an actor’s. But you only have to go through it once. Therefore, for actors and job finders getting work is a numbers game.The more contacts you make, the more interviews you’ll get. And the more interviews you get, the more job offers you’ll receive.

You can consider your job-campaign to be on target when and only when you have lots of balls in the air. When one of them drops, you’ll have the others to juggle until the callbacks come.

So your goal shouldn’t be to get a job. That’ll happen anyway as a result of your working through a job finding campaign. Your goal should be playing the numbers game each day. Make as many phone calls as you can to contacts on your networking list and send out resumes and cover letters to job prospects. That’s the way to get lots of callbacks for the job you want and deserve.

You’ll learn networking techniques that have worked like magic for millions of job finders by reading the chapter titled “networking, he quickest way to get interviews” in my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. As the title implies, you’ll be coached on job-finding techniques in just one minute—that’s all the time it takes.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.