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Variant wrote: get hired on just because you know some software and can make pretty renderings.


Variant wrote:plus all the ancillary R&D work


Do you even realize that these two statements are entirely incongruous?

ID is a small part of the NPD process. And as a hiring manager if I had a 40-year-old thinking that all you have to do, or even all you want to do, is make pretty renderings, I would pass on your resume. You don't get it. Why would I want you?

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iab wrote:
Variant wrote: get hired on just because you know some software and can make pretty renderings.


Variant wrote:plus all the ancillary R&D work


Do you even realize that these two statements are entirely incongruous?

ID is a small part of the NPD process. And as a hiring manager if I had a 40-year-old thinking that all you have to do, or even all you want to do, is make pretty renderings, I would pass on your resume. You don't get it. Why would I want you?


I never said that's all I've done. It's all headhunters and HR look for (if they even look at your portfolio). My resume is a litany of diverse job duties. I've built test equipment, managed manufacturing schedules, designed packaging, conducted focus group studies, created trade plans, conceptualized a database for workflows, worked with engineers in China, engineered force systems for bikes, designed guitars for manufacturers and players. I could go on and on. It doesn't help getting interviews, though. Again, I haven't been worth a phone call conversation with a hiring manager or headhunter in over a year.
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LeggoMyEggo wrote:Sorry to hear about your circumstances, I can imagine it is really tough and discouraging what you are going through, but you should re-read your posts. People have made some sound suggestions and you just keep calling yourself a "piece of shit". As others have suggested, post your portfolio so it can be critiqued, be open to moving to new areas (instead of focusing on the "gentrified cities") and most certainly focus on building your current/new skillset, it might very well pay off, or maybe it won't, but that is the risk you have to take right now.


I'm a piece of shit to the job market. That's an empirical fact. I personally think I'm smart guy, with a diverse resume, a good work ethic, an enthusiasm for learning new things, a curiosity for the market and users, and a love for collaboration and working with others. Don't mix the two up. :D


There must be something in your resume that is turning away employers if you haven't gotten a single hit, if you haven't already, have someone look over it and do the same with your portfolio. Seriously, if you want to get yourself out of this rut, you'll do this.


In the past, I've had my resume looked at a number of times and gotten good feedback. I could have it looked at again, I suppose. I don't know what else to say about myself to make me more appealing. I'm done with the portfolio as like I said, I'm done with design. Employers were always happy with my work. Products made it to market. There's patents and IP there. I'm done trying to prove myself at this point. I want to do something different.


I highly encourage you not to throw in the towel yet, but if you decide to, look at community college programs that have an easy-to-get degree in: IT, medical fields a lot of industries out there take minimal or no training to get your foot in the door, but that should be your last option.


This actually might be the first place for me and not the last. I love to cook, for instance. I might start looking into ways into getting into that somewhere (it's so hard to apply to stuff out of state, though). I'm seriously not married to the tech stuff if my knowledge and experience isn't worth anything.

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Variant: I worry about getting in the same boat as you. I went for diversity over specialization in my career. So far, it's worked out OK, but I worry about looking for a job again. When I do talk to people now, so many people are hiring a rendering specialist, or a CAD specialist or a research specialist. I kinda know all 3. Not as many people are looking for that.

On the other hand, I've always been hired at small companies that required me to do multiple disciplines. Maybe that could be a route for you to get back into design (if so desired). Find a startup that is low on cash, but high on ambition. However, it will probably require you to delay a big pay day. On the other hand, you could be in a position to have control over your life & a pay day in 2-3 years.
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Since you want out, theres no reason to try and convince you to stay.

If you like to cook, find a hipster city that has food truck permits, design your own artisanal pretzel truck and use your design skills to form your own business. Then at the end of the day the only person accountable is the guy in the mirror, and any joy or misery you get out of the work will be wholly your own. That's the American dream as much as the C-Suite.


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Honestly, I don't know how to find an optimistic perspective on things. :|


You could try reading "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David J. Schwartz. Found it to be a very inspiring and uplifting book. There's actually a section called "How to make your mind produce positive thoughts." Highly recommend it to anyone.

Not sure if this is what you're feeling, but I've experienced the downward spiral of getting bad results (also while living in a place I didn't like), getting even more frustrated or negative, and then those negative thoughts just bringing more bad results, to get more frustrated about. It can be a downward spiral that needs to be broken somehow.

Reading this type of material and being around other uplifting people helps to break out of that cycle and see opportunities. Opportunities are always there, but a mind clouded by frustration can rarely see them.

Would be great to hear you've found great work that you enjoy in a place you're happy to live. I'm working on this as well - same age, looking to relocate (again), and possibly shifting careers slightly. Let's make it happen :wink:
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Could the OP, or anyone like him, just move to the city he wants to live in, even if there is not much design work there, and farm himself out to companies doing his kind of work in other parts of the country?

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of course, you can do whatever you want, the question is will a person be successful and that is all on an individual basis... but that is very possible.

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Mr-914 wrote:Variant: I worry about getting in the same boat as you. I went for diversity over specialization in my career. So far, it's worked out OK, but I worry about looking for a job again. When I do talk to people now, so many people are hiring a rendering specialist, or a CAD specialist or a research specialist. I kinda know all 3. Not as many people are looking for that.


Yup. You sound a lot like me, Mr-914. In the end it becomes frustratingly impossible to leverage your background into anything. Trying to convey that frustration is equally frustrating. "You're responsible for your own destiny." Thanks there, Tony Robbins. :roll: Not getting pingbacks on $15/hr. CAD jobs pretty much tells me I fucked up bigtime somewhere: Taking on too many responsibilities, having to learn a number of devotions, trying to move up the ladder to more responsible positions, or whatever. I never wanted to be a "generalist" or whatever and viewed as being half-assed at everything, but more a technical director or VP of product development type or the like. I never got there, though, and it seems all those positions are filled via the buddy system anyway.

On the other hand, I've always been hired at small companies that required me to do multiple disciplines. Maybe that could be a route for you to get back into design (if so desired). Find a startup that is low on cash, but high on ambition. However, it will probably require you to delay a big pay day. On the other hand, you could be in a position to have control over your life & a pay day in 2-3 years.


That would be be nice, and has been the status quo of most of my previous gigs, but I don't feel like going back is an option. No one wants to touch me in my current state. It takes soooooooooooo long for a unicorn hunter to find you (or you to find them) between gigs and you end up unemployed for years on end, decimating your savings in the process. Like I said, that was fine in my twenties, but I'm forty and the cliché stands: I'm too old for this shit. It's not healthy to be stressed out about finding work all the time. It's gonna kill me one way or another.
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MattyK wrote:
Honestly, I don't know how to find an optimistic perspective on things. :|


You could try reading "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David J. Schwartz. Found it to be a very inspiring and uplifting book. There's actually a section called "How to make your mind produce positive thoughts." Highly recommend it to anyone.

Not sure if this is what you're feeling, but I've experienced the downward spiral of getting bad results (also while living in a place I didn't like), getting even more frustrated or negative, and then those negative thoughts just bringing more bad results, to get more frustrated about. It can be a downward spiral that needs to be broken somehow.

Reading this type of material and being around other uplifting people helps to break out of that cycle and see opportunities. Opportunities are always there, but a mind clouded by frustration can rarely see them.

Would be great to hear you've found great work that you enjoy in a place you're happy to live. I'm working on this as well - same age, looking to relocate (again), and possibly shifting careers slightly. Let's make it happen :wink:


Thanks, Matty. I ain't that much of a bummer, actually. :lol: I try to enjoy life and keep a positive outlook overall, and I'd like to think I was fun to be around when I'm not talking about this career nonsense. Honestly, other than finding a handful of openings a week to apply to fulfill my unemployment, I'm avoiding it for the most part. There's better things to do with my time than apply to a hundred jobs and get nothing back. I learned that the last time I was unemployed. It feels like it's on the prospective employer to decide if I'm trash or gold. Nothing I can say seems to make much of a difference.

I'm going on a 15-day road trip with a good friend next week. Doing some sailing on Superior, backpacking in Glacier and Yellowstone. It should be fun. I'll do my damnedest not to think about this racket for the time being, and just enjoy life.

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