Need advice about how to proceed in getting a really awesome job.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So there's this job that I (really, really) want. Here's some (longish, sorry) intro...
A bit about the setting:
-It's in the education department of a museum.
-The museum is a part of the university I attended.
-I used to work for this museum, while a student (3+ years ago), in a lowly capacity that is almost compeltely separate from the education department.
-I "know" some people by face and title (and I assume they would know me by face), but only had a direct working relationship with one person. My co-workers were all similarly lowly and students, so they have certainly all moved on.
-My former boss there is a bit of a strange dude, always kept himself locked away in his office, and we never really clicked. I never got the impression that he was well-respected by the rest of the museum staff.
-That said, I did my job responsibly and well, met a lot of the higher-ups in a very informal, passing manner, and left on good terms.
I believe I am very qualified for this job:
-They want experience in museums. Check, not only for this particular museum, but I was also a (volunteer) docent at another museum for a few years, but quit (on good terms) doing that (doing the exact same tour every weekend became draining) back in late 2009.
-They want some experience in development. I have a couple years of some, but all as a volunteer (internationally known and resepected non-museum non-profit).
-They want experience leading volunteers. I have this in spades, all as a volunteer, but I always put myself in leadership positions.
-I also have (limited) experience doing a few activities that are unique to the particulars of this position.
-I am extremely interested in it; it combines everything I want to be doing into a neat little package, AND is at a museum that I adore.
Why I am concerned:
-I have been unemployed for a long time and my work history is spotty. I graduated in 2008. While in school I did a ton of volunteer work. When I graduated and didn't have the structure of a student organization, I kind of stopped.
-I didn't get a job until early 2009, and it was doing something I really didn't want to be doing, in a field I really didn't want to be in. But it was work, and I did my job extremel well. I left (which in retrospect was probably a mistake, given the economic climate) in mid 2010 and haven't been able to find work since.
-I've kind of been...doing...nothing since then. Well, applying to (non-profit) jobs (unsuccessfully).
Why I want to be as aggressive as possible:
-This job at the museum is, really and truly, perfect for me. And I, really and truly, think I'd be perfect for it.
-A handful of times over the last year, when I've actually heard back from the organizations I applied to, I'd get a call and we'd set up a time to do a phone interview or I'd actually DO a phone interview (that went very well!), and then never hear back from them. Returned calls go to voicemail, I send emails, it goes nowhere. I think I'm close, and then nothing. I feel kind of doomed, employment-wise, and I really don't want to let that happen here.
-And practically speaking, my financial situation is bad and I've finally eaten through all of my savings; I neeeeed a job.
-But I also really waaaaant this job.
So here's what I've done:
-I applied for the job (good first step, right?)
-My cover letter mentioned that I had worked at this museum before and named the names of the people who I had had the most formal interaction with. These people *should* all remember me by name (almost defintiely by face), and if they do remember me, would all say good things about me.
-After applying (through an online system, the only way to do it for legal reasons), I waited a week and then called the education department to follow up. They don't answer their phones, so I left a message saying I was excited about the position, would love to come in to talk to them about it, and left my contact info.
-The next day, I received an email from them saying that there was a bug in the online system and all of the apps had been deleted, so to please submit mine again. So I did.
The meat of my question...
That was Tuesday. What is my next step?
It would be easy for me to go drop in on them in person. I have (briefly) met most of the people in the education department before, and they may recognize me, which would (I assume) work in my favor. I also really kick as at in-person interactions. Phones not so much, but I'm ok. Would it be total suicide of me to just drop in on them unannounced? They're busy people.
Should I call them again (which would mean leaving a message)? Should I email?
When? What should I say?
I just really, really want to make sure I don't fall through the cracks (again). I want this job SO HARD and will do just about anything to get it.
I just have no experience at all in this and could really use some guidance. My friends/SO are all in finance where recruitment is very different, so can't offer me any practical advice. My parents are many decades out of the job hunt game and are similarly of no help.
Thank you guys so, so much for reading all this, and for any advice you can offer.