Right place, different job?
May 7, 2014 6:37 AM Subscribe
I finally got a job at my dream organisation. Then there was a restructure. Is it too soon to take the next step?
posted by socksister to Work & Money (4 answers total)
In Feb I took a left a long-term management job at OldOrg to take a 12 month project contract in a specific department at DreamOrg. Jobs at DreamOrg don't come by very often so I took a 20% pay cut and a considerable step down in authority in order to get my foot in the door. Having waited nearly six years for the chance I was just glad to join the team.
In the three months between me accepting the post and working out my notice at OldOrg, DreamOrg underwent a big restructure, the department I was supposed to join was effectively dissolved and the people I would have reported to left. I didn't learn about this until I started the job. My role was moved to a different department, ostensibly working on the same projects but with a much more technical focus, under a different manager. It was a bit of a blow, but I was still excited about working for the organisation so was happy to get on with it, at least for the duration of my contract. Four months in I'm loving the place and the people and I've had great feedback, but, as I suspected, I miss the more strategic and managerial work of of my old job and I'm not particularly keen on being focussed on tech delivery in the long-term.
My dilemma is that the restructure has now opened up a new permanent position in another department that has taken on much of the work of the dept that got axed. This post is much more in line with my experience, interests and long-term career goals. Salary is the same but this post will have authority over many of the projects I'm currently working on, and there is a lot of overlap with the post I left at OldOrg. Having seen the job description I believe I'm a great candidate and would love to apply but I don't know if it's appropriate as I've only been at DreamOrg a short time and still have 3/4 of my existing contract to go (and my boss is talking about keeping me on in current role beyond that). Also, if I did apply and was unsuccessful I'm worried that it will reflect badly on me or affect the good relationships I'm currently building. But jobs move slowly in this industry and if I don't apply now there will be little opportunity to move onto a more strategic track at DreamOrg when my current contract ends.
Had I known this role was coming up I wouldn't have applied for the one I have, but that particular crystal ball was not available. My ultimate goal is to stay with DreamOrg for the long term so I don't want to shoot myself in the foot either way. My question to you dear mefites: is there a way to approach the situation in a way that doesn't make me seem like a flaky malcontent?