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Have you checked your email today? If you are in a leadership position, chances are you have or will shortly be receiving an email from a potential new hire. Educators, including recent college graduates are busy polishing and/or creating cover letters and resumes to send out to building leaders with the hope they are able to secure an interview or at the very minimum, receive a reply, indicating their email was received.
As I read through emails I receive from candidates interested in teaching positions, I am reminded of a blog post written by a colleague, @Mr_Braden titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” In this post, Mr. Braden challenges us all to respond to the “vulnerability” showcased by those who are sending us emails.
I will openly admit that over the years, I was guilty of not responding. I would look at the email and simply place it in a folder labeled “Hiring” and refer back to it as needed. Why did I do this? Sadly, I do not have a reason for not responding other than, it was saving me time. It was one less thing to do.
Totally selfish move on my part.
Through my work this year, professional growth and overall experience, my thinking has shifted. At the end of the day, how people perceive me is important. Especially those who do not know me. If their first thought of me is, “He didn’t even respond to my email…” I have not lived up my expectations for myself.
So…Mr. Braden, I accept the challenge and can say with 100% certainty, I have replied to each of the emails I have received thus far and will continue to do so.
It’s a professional courtesy. It is what I would expect and you never know when or where your paths may cross with the candidates on the other side of the email.