There are positions that I've applied for months ago, that fit my very precise resume, and yet the position is never filled, at least the job post is never removed. One such position has been posted for over a year. I find it hard to believe that in a year they were unable to locate a technical writer.
I guess I have a bit of the terrier in me--when a job opp announcement stays around far longer than it should, and I am left wondering why I never even got a call after applying for it, I sometimes feel inspired to dig down to whatever or whoever explains it. I'll spend the morning finding the old listings going back to the first appearance of the job, and calling every agency that continues to list it. I'll especially call the one I sent my resume to. I'll try to find out who the hiring company is, and I'll call them too, to ask why they've continued recruiting for a position that I or dozens of other TWs could have filled weeks ago.
Try it, it isn't so hard, and the potential reward (getting to the bottom, with closure or renewed interest) is good. Besides, in digging around with questions about hiring companies and recruiting practices, you're bound to run into someone who also wants to know or, better still, someone who knows a bunch of interesting stuff that they're happy to share. Following up in this way has an integrating function. It can bring you a tide of new information that takes your work search to a higher level. Can that be bad?
Still, I'm sure this approach carries the risk of stigmatization (you know, the company will put a black mark by your name because you dug up their flowerbed), but when you're a terrier and you really want to know, you *really* want to know, right? Go get 'em.
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