By: Revanche

On the job front

May 22, 2009

I’m going to be VERY vague because I don’t want to be a) disappointed or b) jinxed by speaking too soon.

But, I could use some good wishes over here. I’ve applied for a position with a company that I’ve always wanted to work for. Same industry, different … genre, let’s call it.

The job description is in line with my experience, minus some management.

I’ve got an insider in the form of a higher up in the company who is willing to vouch for me, or help nudge the hiring person towards at least giving me a phone interview because it’s located on the East Coast and no one would usually bother to call back an applicant on the West Coast. No promises, but it’s better than the usual resume-in-the-fray situation.

So, for this to happen, I need:

~ an acceptable salary. I don’t mean minimum wage, I mean more than I make now since I have to be able to live in that pricey city, send money home, AND save.

~ the person I would report to be Not Crazy. I don’t care if that person is a workaholic, or creatively abstract. As long as their goal is to do their job, I’m good. As long as I’m not expected to sacrifice my entire life to the company [a la The Devil Wears Prada], not expected to read minds [a la current job], and not expected to accommodate hourly shifting priorities and make insane major changes happens just because the Boss had a whim or forgot what was decided that morning, it’s fine.

Work is supposed to be work, not play: challenging, demanding, and ultimately rewarding when you achieve your goals. But not insane.

~ there to be room for advancement. I will work my tushy off for a job I like, I don’t even need to love it all the time though that’d be nice, but there needs to be room for promotion when I’ve clearly demonstrated ability and reliable competence. Which I will. You can set your watch by that.

~ to impress the heck out of the interviewer, whoever it may be. That part’s on me. I just need your good wishes for all those things above that are out of my control because I’d really like to take a chance on this.

10 Responses to “On the job front”

  1. Good Luck!!! I hope you get an interview and that it goes well! I’m sure I probably missed it somewhere on your blog…but what do you do??

  2. Ooooh, my fingers are crossed for you!

  3. L.A. Daze says:

    Sending you lots of good wishes!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good luck to you!

  5. mOOm says:

    Sounds promising. It’s a pity that in most industries it seems people don’t take seriously applicants from “too far away” – don’t people try to line up jobs before relocating? (in my industry they’ll take seriously someone from the other side of the world if they’re good – though not all of the time as I experienced when very unsuccessfully trying to relocate to California several years ago). I wouldn’t worry too much about the advancement thing if there are other firms in the industry in that metro area that could provide advancement…

  6. J. Money says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO get ’em girl! I’ll send you mad luck over there and make sure you get the goodness 😉

    So exciting – esp if it works out!

  7. RC says:

    w.r.t. the “not crazy boss”, try to also watch for “not crazy situation where good boss might quit” and end up leaving up in a similarly bad position. Good luck!

  8. Revanche says:

    Thank you all for the warm wishes, I’m taking them with me!

    carrieonthecheap: It’s actually never been posted here before, but I work in publishing. For now!

    mOOm: That’s probably because professionals in your industry are already specialized and have been published and cited to prove it. For this, why import for anything less than an exec or highly specialized skill? They can always find cheap labor in-house or in-state. 😉

    RC: Very good point. Unsure how to vet or scout for that since I won’t be going there to … scout!

  9. RC says:

    It’s not an easy thing to do. It really helps having contacts in the industry–enough to get info through the grapevine. Sometimes you can get a bit of information asking what each interviewer likes or dislikes about the company and learn to read between the lines. Sometimes you can get a sense of things based on whether they simply like the work involved.

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