Last fall I wrote to two school districts about teaching an adult education class called Introduction to Macs. I call it my own “Tale of Two Cities”.
The first town wrote back to me in about 20 minutes, and dismissed my course by stating “we don’t offer teaser courses, nor do we have the facilities to offer such a course.” I felt insulted, and wrote back that “this is not a teaser course, it is a course to introduce people to the platform and make them aware of the resources out there.” Needless to say, I did not feel welcomed nor appreciated.
The other town took their time to write back (about a week), and basically said “Mr. Braathe, thanks for your letter, we’d be delighted to offer your course, what equipment will you need and when would you like to offer it? We don’t have Macs here, but if you bring yours I am sure that will work just fine.”
Let this be a lesson – people may respond back quickly, and they may be negative and dismissive of what you offer. Give time to those who take their time, and look to give you other options and the time you deserve.
Use this advice as you search for jobs (or as you weed out candidates); those who take their time and are thoughtful about their responses are the ones you want to be associated with.
Share your horror stories, or your “Tales of Two Cities” (confidentially) at firstname.lastname@example.org
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