Holy mackerel. Last Thursday I made a post about the fact that I’m hiring someone to work with me as a travel consultant/coordinator, both on the award ticket front as well as the hotel front now that I’m a travel advisor with Brownell.
When I made the post I expected I would get at most a dozen applications, and I figured I’d have an impossible time making a decision among those. At the very least I expected I’d be able to talk to each individually, see if we’re a good fit, etc.. Instead I got hundreds. Yes, there’s an “s” at the end of that, as in the plural of a hundred.
I said from the beginning I’d accept applications until next Tuesday, so I haven’t responded to anyone yet, as I want to make sure everyone has a chance to apply before pursuing anyone further. Though rest assured your applications have been received.
Nonetheless I sat down this morning and started going through some of the applications to hopefully narrow down the search a bit, and I’m just in amazement. The diversity of the people that applied (and their sense of humor) is beyond incredible. I’ve gotten applications ranging from students to doctors to lawyers to professors to airline pilots to flight attendants to consultants, to just about everything else. It just comes to show you how amazing the diversity of this hobby is.
At the same time, I’m slowly starting to go bald from pulling my hair out all morning. I opened up an Excel spreadsheet this morning and decided I would make a spreadsheet with two columns — one with those I found to be a good fit, and one with those I found to not be so good of a fit. After putting the first dozen emails in the first column, I realized just how difficult this is going to be.
So I’m honestly at a loss as to how best to approach this. Obviously I want to take my time to make sure I get a good fit, though at the same time I need help soon. So thanks to everyone for their patience as I try to figure out how best to do this (and I’m certainly open to suggestions, including “pick me!”).
There is one thing I’ve decided on since starting to read the applications — I’ll definitely be offering internships in the future for those of you looking for more short-term, limited hour involvement. There are a lot of people that are interested though not able to put in the time in the short term, and in those cases an internship with the potential for a more full time job sounds like the best bet.
Again, I’m open to suggestions, and in the meantime thanks for your patience as I try to figure this all out!