I have a particular job situation and hope that some of you might be able to offer some good advice. It’s a long story but I’ll try to make it as concise as possible…
I am an ider who graduated in 02 from a good school, with a good gpa, decent portfolio and am half way through an MBA (trying to learn the business side of things). I used to live in the southeast and struggled for two years to find a design job. Meanwhile I worked in sales/cust. serv. and did some freelance to make ends meet. I got married and my spouse got a juicy job offer in southern California so I followed and moved to cali. Obviously I was excited thinking about all the opportunities available for designers in CA. So I started my job search and was immediately called for an interview to work as a temp doing admin. work for a known entertainment company in their creative/marketing department. Since they have studios where they employ designers I decided to take the job thinking it would be a good way to get my foot in the door.
I ended up working directly under one of the top officials of the company. I presented him my resume and portfolio and expressed my interest in acquiring a permanent position as a designer or anything related to their design process to keep my options open. He was impressed with everything I showed him and said he would find me something good. After speaking to other bosses he told me to expect a call from them any time soon. I also did my homework and spoke to HR directly about my intentions just to go through the official application process. At the time everyone, including my boss, seemed to be enthusiastic about it and things seemed to be moving quickly. I thought I was on my way to finally landing that first big job.
Now, here’s the bad part. It’s been more than a month since all that rush happened and everything has been pretty quiet. Haven’t heard word from anyone. Not the bosses nor HR. I contacted my boss last week asking for any feedback on my situation and he said that he was just going to “follow up”. So that short answer left me feeling a bit disappointed. It is also puzzling to me why other people haven’t shown interest in me if my boss, who is a key figure in the company, thought of me as a good candidate and referred me to the jobs.
And here’s the worst part, I just found out that my boss is leaving the company soon, which puts in jeopardy the whole process. Since my boss was my “big” reference and the one pushing a month ago for my permanence am afraid that his departure will freeze the entire process. I contacted HR once again but haven’t received word from them either. So now I’m clueless as to what’s going to happen to me. They are very secretive about their procedures so I’m not sure how deep I could dig to figure out whether or not there is a chance for me to stay.
The reason why I’m so concerned is that this is really a good company with good pay and opportunities for growth. As designers, you guys know how hard it is to
get noticed by good employers and don’t want to let this opportunity go. I’m afraid that if I don’t do something soon I will regret it for the rest of my life. However, I don’t know what to do or how to do it. I also don’t want to come across as being “too pushy” or being “desperate” for a job.
So, those of you in corporate jobs and with more experience, what would you recommend I do? What could be my next step? Should I push more or should I just let things take their own course? Should I just keep looking for another job in this tough job market?
If anyone here is a boss or has been related to HR, how would you suggest a candidate handle this situation? Is there something I am doing wrong?
Sorry for the lengthy message but I wanted to be as clear as possible. Thanks for any help!