After my recruiter interview, I wasn't going to say more until there was actually news to share, but I have a snippet. After work I met up with a group of work colleagues both in my agency and our partners to celebrate the end of a four plus year grant. Even before I started my job, I was involved in this project so have been there since the beginning. Over margaritas, beers, chips and guacamole, I learned not only is one of my immediate co-workers also in the mix for the position, another colleague is as well. I won't go into how it came up, but I looked around the room and thought, dang, I bet at least 50% of these people could have been on a recruiter list for the position.
I've mentioned it is a small world field, smaller when really good jobs come up. For example, while I was recruited for the job I have, the two people that took my former restructured position were undoubtedly recruited for those. I would place bets that both their names came up to this recruiter, as they are well respected and skilled (they're just not me.). Of course, many people are not looking at changing jobs, or even if they would consider it, this type of position would not appeal to many. I also think there are specific experiences and competencies that vary amongst talented and successful professionals in the same field, that will make some of us better candidates than others. Still, it also comes down to fit, and the impression made upon the recruiter. As much as I still think my background fits the position extremely well, if they just didn't connect with me, or didn't feel the client would, I may be done in the process.
I have been keeping my hopes low, and the expanded pool of insiders has me placing those hopes all the way on the bottom shelf. Interestingly, a newly position has just come up at the second colleagues work place, one that I would think she not only would be perfect for, the people hiring would be entirely blind not to put her in it, if she so applied. I might have a tangential interest myself, but she most definitely would be a better fit. For me, while it would be a hierarchical move by title and breadth of authority, in terms of functions, pay, and benefits, would probably be just lateral, so that is why my interest is lukewarm. In my field of work, it is a small world, positioning us for a little competition amongst friends.