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so i have been working a design job part-time for the last six months and working retail part-time as well when not there, to supplement the money of not working full-time at the design job. (even though when interviewed for the design job they said it was full-time and would bring me on full-time after two weeks to see how i work out. six months later.) I haven't worked at the design job since right before Christmas, so about a month. So now i am job hunting because I need to pay the bills.
I haven't really havent had to search for a job while technically having another job before. I guess I want to know suggestions on how to do it without being frank, "I need a new job, because this one isnt paying the bills". Do I mention why I am looking for a different job? Or that it was part-time? Or do i stay away from that?
-thanks for serious and not serious suggestions in advance.
design shouldn't be a job, just rather a way of life.
- both. a job that is a way of life
- grilling burgers at mcDonalds, now there's a job.omg
- < that is the crap that means people NEED to supplement design jobs with other jobsbabaganush
- what you no makey sense..omg
- This statement is such bullshit. Accounting shouldn't be a job, rather a way of life.studderine
- both. a job that is a way of life
Who are you afraid of offending by saying you need a better paying job?
all depends on your manager/supervisor , I work two non industry jobs, and have been looking to get back in it (programming) both my bosses know I wont stay long where I am because I was able to form a good relationship , if your boss is a dick then just search and once you find something give your 2 weeks
Say you currently work part time and are looking for a full time position.
I wouldn't believe anything your work tells about working hours you unless its in a contract.
searching for a job when you already have one is often more appealing to prospects than looking desparate and unemployed....
You're possibly in a pretty good position, you don't have to take the first gig that comes along, you can possibly freelance on the side to build up a good portfolio and take a really good gig..
From what you describe, it sounds like you need a place that treats designers with more respect, hold out till you find one, and freelance on the side for a project or two so you don't go from one low-respect gig to another one....
if somebody asks you why you're looking, be frank but not funny-sounding, i.e. say honestly, "I need a gig that's more challenging" and somehow something about "my current gig doesn't put as many resources into their design dept as I was hoping"... i.e. they're stringing you along and don't care about design dept as much as you do.... and as much as your prospect does.... (or should)...
you don't want it to look like you were hired on a "probabtion" part-time to full-time and they kept you in purgatory forever rather than promoting you because you were mediocre, you want to make it clear that they're not that serious about design,maybe the business-side of things sees designers as "an expense, not a resource" and you need a place that you can grow with, not wither on the vine....
so, basically, just say you're in a dead-end job....
thanks for all the feed back.
How well does hitting up places that aren't necessarily hiring but somewhere you'd like to work, work out? Is it worth doing?
1) make portfolio
2) send to people you want to work for with nice letter saying how awesome it would be to work there
You should never tell a job you're currently at that you're thinking about leaving, or that you're looking for a new job. Keep it under wraps until you have something secured, and then hand in your 2-4 week notice.
It's really not their business why you're leaving, and you never want to burn any bridges, even if you hate the job or your boss. Always leave on good terms.