Post # 1
I’m a civil engineer working for a fairly large city. I’ve worked in several departments the last 5 years (and was a general civil doing a bit of everything before going to the city) but have settled down in traffic operations for the last 2.5 years. Our dept has been slashed from budget cuts and we are lean to the point of chaos. We eventually were able to hire another engineer, it was open for 9 months before a hiring freeze took over and we didn’t receive a single qualified applicant.
There is a lead engineer position in water. I’m one of the few licensed engineers with water experience so I’m going for it. My question – if you were the hiring manager would you choose me knowing my department will be in really bad shape for a while. I also ask do I bring up n the interview how well I’ve dealt with stress, how much responsibility I’ve had and how comfortable I’ve become with making hard decisions ( my boss is so busy I’m lucky to see him). I’m currently a staff engineer running public meetings by myself and I really want to emphasize this in my interview but I fear it just highlights why I need to stay put.
Of course if I don’t get this job I’m seeking outside once I’m vested in February because my job is killing me and I deserve reasonable compensation for what I’m doing but I’d rather stick around. Thank you!
Post # 3
@lfranke: I’ve been in the working world since 2005, and I’ve yet to hear of someone not getting a job that they were perfectly qualified for b/c the department they were leaving would fall apart. It’s not your fault that your department is understaffed/underqualified at the moment unless you handle hiring and payroll budgets for it. You may be asked to stay longer at your current department to train a new person before starting at the new opportunity, but being rejected completely? I don’t see that being a reason for rejection at all.
Your telling of all the tasks you handle (run meetings, handle tough situations with very few resources) will actually give the hiring manager good valid reasons to hire you not the opposite. I would just word the “highly stressful” parts differently (i.e. able to show that I can handle many obstacles simultaneously – here is an example of how I was able to balance x, y, and z). You don’t want to let on that you are overwhelmed.
I hope this helps!
Post # 4
@lfranke: Good luck! I think this might be something that varies company by company. Hopefully, they realize how valuable you are to them and want to keep you happy rather than having you leave altogether. Even if they don’t want to give you the job, it may open up the door for other opportunities for you within your own department since they likely want to keep you happy. Let us know how it goes, I hope you get it! 🙂
Post # 5
Thank you for the input! I am hoping this the case. I bought a snazzy new suit this weekend and will definitely update although I hear this may take some time. I am confidant I would do a great job and I hope to get that across in the interview.