Job stuff.ErinPooh -- Saturday, July 20, 2002 -- 12:25:37 AM
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Question: how does one go about, IF one should go about doing this, probing to see, if you're leaving a job, what positions might be available at customer locations?
Is that even done?
They don't actively recruit. They have an interest in keeping me where I am so I can meet their needs but if they knew I was leaving? That would be a game changer.
How do I do that?
Every situation is unique. One thing is...
Do they value you only for this, or do they appreciate your value as an employee? What could your skills and other qualities bring to the table for them, if you switched?
In other words, approach it by feeling out whether they have any needs in their crew, and how they'd feel about you coming aboard, rather than saying, "I'm abandoning ship. Can you give me a lifeboat?"
Maybe you could have lunch with one of the customers who appreciates your work. That would also give you a chance to find out how he or she feels about working for company X and make sure the grass is indeed greener.
With the depth of product knowledge I have (I am a bit obsessive about keeping up with it) and the knowledge I have of their account they prefer to talk with me most all of the time because they can rest assured their stuff is being taken care of successfully. I sell very big ticket items, very expensive, and they need to work and be the right item.
Because they are directed to buy from their local distributor they don't always have a choice as to where to buy. Distribution lines are tightly controlled in many cases because it's a very competitive industry and mostly price-driven with the products really not being that distinguished unless you get into something odd, like a liquid-cooled unit or washdown unit.
I am unsure how to ferret out who I should be talking with. Customers AND vendors. A vendor would probably be a better fit.
Should I have customer references?
I will have to carefully consider this but I have a couple of ideas.
Right now at my job I feel pretty hopeless, sad and paralytic and I'm hoping at a new job I'll come alive again.
You will! You will!
I start my new job tomorrow and I am . . . a little fearful. I haven't, except for two weeks last year doing design and production using only CS6, worked in an office since June 2010. This job has staff meetings and . . . new computer equipment and programs. What I have been using at home the last three years is now 10 years old.
Plus I am avoiding the the topic of do I have enough clothes for four work days. I did notice that the three people I met were geeks/engineers and I don't think they notice clothes; so I should be fine. Wearing the same thing every day.
Unless I spill something on myself.
My new job is 20 hours a week. I would be more excited about it except that the pay is 1/3 of what I was making three years ago (close to what I was earning 10 years ago), is less than my unemployment benefits; and I need to find another job in addition. As someone said, it's easier to find a job from a job, but that's not entirely true, plus the second job would have to dovetail with the first, which isn't all that likely either, especially if they are not like, adjacent. I'm going to be doing copywriting and other things that the owner can't or doesn't have time for; my title is something like "advertising consultant." It's a smallish web services company that's been around for about thirteen years.
Sparky: When I was unemployed and working part time - I was able to collect a little bit of unemployment (the unemployement amount - amount paid at the part time job) - is that possible in your state ?
I'm taking this job now because* it's the only offer I've had in three years; and my unemployment benefits are just a few weeks from over. For the next several weeks I'll get the difference between the two. I have some other applications out, as well.
* also I want to be working again!