As my faithful reader might be aware of I have applied for a very nice position and am now using this experience to teach myself how to network my way to a new job.
But I find the exercise quite difficult. And it is difficult partly because I want the job, of course, I applied. But I have also become aware of the cultural language lens I look through in this situation. If I dealt with a Swede I would immediately know how far I could go in my efforts, but because I now deal with someone in the US and a person whom as far as I can see never worked outside the US, I simply don’t know how to move ahead.
This is really the case of putting yourself in somebody’s else’s shoes and try to figure out how a person you’ve never met might react to a [renewed] contact. I have sent one email saying I applied and that I am looking forward to future positive contacts, he hasn’t answered. If this had been between Swedes I could send an email saying something along the lines ”I sent an email some time ago and…” but now I simply don’t know what to do. And if I should do something at all. The VP in question have not answered. It might be for several reasons: too early in the process so he isn’t involved yet, simply not interested in my profile, never answers to this type of emails – just to mention few on top of my head.
It might be that I complicate matters and that I should just barge ahead and look upon this as a pure learning experience and just cut my losses. Still, this is a small world and I don’t want to alienate someone just because I’m too eager and don’t know when to draw the line between eager networking and stalking.
Sigh, this is difficult isn’t it?