Return an email to an applicant.

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mrmandude
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Re: Return an email to an applicant.

Post by mrmandude » Tue May 15, 2012 12:52 pm

As a PD that just recently posted and filled an on air position at a station let me share my story. We are all busy, but I don't think it's too much to send a quick note that says "Thanks for your interest". I received over 200 applications and they all got that note from me. Some of these submissions were so bad. I am not kidding, one guy actually had a horrid speech impediment. I thought it was a joke, but a closer look revealed it was a college station where he was working. That having been said, I narrowed the field down to the group I was interested in, I sent a follow up email with more detailed information about the station and the community and asked for salary expectations and availability. This narrowed the field more. We're a small station and a couple of candidates were expecting 6 figure salaries.

Eventually, the position was filled, I sent yet another email to everyone thanking them and to let them know. This may have been a mistake. I received several emails in return asking me why I didn't select them, I even took a couple calls at the office from whiney twerps. One guy actually yelled at me when he didn't even get an interview. I told him he didn't fit the sound I was looking for and he asked "what sound". Really? Now you want me to try and explain the voices in my head? Unbelievable.

Bottom line. I too have sent out dozens of packages and have received nearly zero response. My feeling is simple, if I'm not a fit in the mind of the PD, I don't want to work there anyway. Know the position you are applying for. If it's mornings, make your demo appropriate. I actually had people send my clips of them reading news when my post clearly stated that we are a music station. I had another demo from a guy where the the audio was 90% female with him grunting and laughing behind her newscast.

I would encourage anyone to take a shot, but don't be depressed when you get no response. If a PD likes what he heard, he or she WILL contact you.

zebster
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Re: Return an email to an applicant.

Post by zebster » Wed May 16, 2012 6:17 am

I'm a PD. I'd love to write back to each applicant, and in some cases even offer helpful tips so they can improve their packages. But I am working 60 hours a week as a PD, and then I track weekends for another station out of the market.
So while I'm sympathetic, I do think you need a thick hide to succeed in radio. If I don't write back I don't mean to offend you, I just have more important things to do. If that's too tough for you, this isn't a business you'll enjoy.
Zeb Norris

tvguy2
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Re: Return an email to an applicant.

Post by tvguy2 » Thu May 17, 2012 3:10 pm

I told him he didn't fit the sound I was looking for and he asked "what sound". Really? Now you want me to try and explain the voices in my head? Unbelievable.

You know, I don't mean to pick a fight, but THAT comment has been gnawing at me for three days. As someone who's imaged multiple formats in multiple markets, three of them in the top ten, I'm of the opinion that if you can't explain the voices and the sound in your head, you can't run a radio station.

One gig that I almost got, but didn't -- after interviewing three times and doing pages of spec work for the PD -- I finally asked. "Well, how would YOU like to hear it?"

"That's not the point," he snapped at me. "The point is whether you can fit my sound."

How? By reading your mind, Mr. PD? Ergo, I get to work with no direction?

As it turned out, I was lucky. The poor sap who got the job quit eight months later. And when the PD called me back to see if I was interested, I wasn't. And I was between jobs at the time. (As I remember, I let three of his calls go to voicemail. He gave up at that point and didn't call a fourth time.)

So, if you can't explain the voices in your head, don't expect coherency amongst the staff in pulling off "your grand vision." They won't be able to see what it is, and "be number one" says nothing about how you want your station to sound.

OK. So maybe that candidate sucked donkey eggs and wasn't right at all. Maybe he wasn't worth telling why he didn't get the job. Most candidates are like that, at least early in their career.

I would have been a lot more impressed with the above-quoted poster as a PD if he/she can tell candidates WHY they don't fit.

tvguy2
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Re: Return an email to an applicant.

Post by tvguy2 » Sat May 19, 2012 5:07 pm

Found out a few weeks ago that the PD had quit after the group PD "questioned his management style."

I felt better.

mrmandude
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Re: Return an email to an applicant.

Post by mrmandude » Thu May 24, 2012 7:36 am

Danno, you are so wrong. I do know what I want and as I mentioned in my post I found what I wanted. I want to hear "you" when you apply for a job. I don't want you to try and be what you think I'm looking for. Be yourself, there is a fit in this business. If someone is trying to be something they're not and I hire them, they aren't going to be happy having to "fake" themselves everyday.

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