I’ve noticed that every Peace Corps applicant seems to have their own mini-crisis that makes the application process seem to take longer or become more difficult than we originally expected.Â More often than not this happens during the medical review, but it’s just as likely to happen during the placement process, as well.Â My personal logjam has been with the Placement Office.Â But I think there’s finally a break, and things are starting to flow a little again!
Before I get into detail, I want to apologize before hand because I’m going to be purposefully vague.Â Nothing is set in stone yet, and frankly, I don’t want to jinks anything, so I’m going to give what details I can and will update with solid news as I get it, hopefully soon!
Frequent readers of my blog know that I’ve been medically cleared since mid-November.Â After having a conversation with my reviewing nurse, my application was sent to my Placement Assistant the same day, and within hours she sent me an email asking for an updated resume.Â I sent it to her about 2 hours later, and she sent me an email the next morning letting me know that my application has been moved forward to my Placement Specialist.Â Medical and the first contact from Placement happened so quickly that I honestly expected to get an invitation by New Year’s at the absolute latest.Â This was not to pass, however.Â Since November I’ve been playing the “please give me more information” game with the placement office.Â After not hearing anything from them for over a month, I contacted my Placement Specialist in late January to see what was going on.Â She had told me that she’d try to take a look at my application in early January, so I didn’t think this was a big deal.Â She got back to me the same day to let me know that it would still be another 2 weeks before she was able to get to my application.Â That was 6 weeks ago.
In the time between sending a second updated resume in December, I’ve taken on a few more jobs that I thought would be applicable to my application, so this morning I decided to send her the update.Â I spent quite some time crafting the email, as honestly, Placement has a tough job, and I didn’t want to sound pushy.Â I let her know what I’ve been doing, and that I’m always looking for new ways to be competitive.Â I also asked her if I was still being considered for April.Â She got back to me within a couple of hours to thank me for the update, and to let me know that there has been a lot of structural changes which has slowed down the placement process on their end.Â She sounded pretty apologetic, and for the first time invited me to contact her if I have any other questions at this time.Â Let me point out now that I’ve been told by her a few times to continue to have patience, so seeing an open invite to ask questions about my application without a request that I continue to be patient was huge!Â She also told me that though I’m still being considered for placement between April and June, it’s possible that they may not be able to find an appropriate placement until July through August, and it’ll probably still be another few weeks before she gets to my application.
Yes, I was slightly disappointed by the news that I might have to wait another few weeks before hearing back from her.Â We exchanged another couple of emails where I thanked her for all her help, and asked what my chances are that I’d be placed in April through June vs. July through August.Â I need to let my clients know, and need to find health insurance, as I’m no longer on my parents.Â I’m not going to go into the rest; I just want to say that my Placement Specialist is a rock star.Â I’m still waiting for one key email, but let’s just say that there is some movement right now.Â Like I said, it’s not set in stone, so I don’t want to spell it out right now, but the email exchange ended on a high note, and I’m feeling really good right now!
I guess the take away from all of this is that even if it seems like there’s no movement on your application, there is a lot that’s going on behind the scenes that we don’t see.Â Our Placement Specialists are very busy people and they are trying to get to our applications as quickly as possible, but even they are dealing with restraints that make things more difficult and time consuming.Â Just keep pushing along, things happen.