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Just over two years ago my wife and I wanted to move back to Portland from Seattle. As we all know, this was right when the economy began to take a steep downward turn. I had graduated from college a year and half earlier and was new to the company that I was working for. I worked as an engineer providing designs for commercial construction. It became quickly obvious that this market was going to take a big turn for the worst. Since I was at the bottom of the seniority totem pole it was clear that I would be laid off first.
Instead of waiting around for this to happen I decided to take action. I updated my resume and decided to switch fields into the electric power utility field (a field that has historically been recession resistant). I sent off several resumes and got no response. I signed up for on online career finders and was even contacted by a “headhunter” who I met with and worked with to try to find a position. Still there was no word from any prospective employers. The backlog at the job I was at had shrunk to nothing, meaning that once I finished the project I was working on I would have no work left to do.
It was time to take more decisive action. I picked a date that I wanted to have interviews on in Portland and began to contact the companies that I had applied to. My message was:
“I will be in Portland on XX-XX-XXXX date doing interviews. I have been interested in your company and would like to schedule an interview with you while I am in town.”
Of all the companies that I sent this message to I received one response:
“We regret to inform you that you have been weeded out of the application process due to your lack of experience in this particular field.”
“I have actually been wishing to transfer into this field and am interested in setting up an interview with you while I am town.”
They responded with an invite to an interview. I made the trip down to Portland and the interview went well. I returned to Seattle with a job interview pending my reference check. After all the details were settled I avoided getting laid off, got a raise, and moved back to Portland! Mission accomplished.
posted 2 years, 2 months ago
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