Re: Advice wanted...

Subject: Re: Advice wanted...
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 09:32:52 -0800 (PST)

--- Jane Carnall <butterfly -dot- carnall -at- virgin -dot- net> wrote:
> Just over three months ago I was interviewed for a job with a start-up
> company. The job sounded interesting (and the start-up looked reasonably
> sound) and the company liked me and offered me the job. Unfortunately,
> for various personal/professional reasons, I had to turn it down and
> stayed with my current job.
> Now I want to move on from my current job, and I've contacted various
> agencies - one of which was the agency who got me the interview for the
> start-up job. When I got back to them, they said that the start-up job
> was still open, and did I want to re-apply for it.
> This sounds like both a good idea (hey, they wanted me *last* time, and
> we've already gone through the usual routine) and a bad idea: I turned
> them down, and are they likely to forget that? What would you do?

I'm not sure there is anything more risky than asking TECHWHIRLERS for
"advice." (Okay, maybe soliciting telemarketing calls.) <g>

I don't see why you shouldn't pursue the job. Intelligent people in the
marketplace know that circumstances change. I applied for a job several years
ago and got turned down. Six months later that job was open again. I was still
on the market, so I applied again. Got it the second time. (Yes, I did ask why
it was on the market again so soon. Got a surprising answer, too.)

I agree with Sean that you'll want to have a good answer for the question about
why you're interested now in a job you turned down earlier, but I wouldn't
worry about it too much. It sounds like you didn't turn it down because of some
defect in the position or salary or related factors. It sound like the
situation where you were has changed. Be honest with them. Phrase it as a
positive for them--that you thought very highly of the situation you discussed
with them earlier but at that time it didn't meet certain needs; now your
situation has changed and they have a situation you have always viewed
favorably (or some such, your mileage may vary).

Good Luck!

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
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