Am I standing my ground reasonably or not...?Jon Askill (410 pencils) | Wed, 2011-11-16 16:05
I wanted to ask your advice on a job opportunity that has come my way. I recently applied for a job by sending my resume and portfolio to the employer - a design agency of sorts, though it could be a one man band.
They got back to me saying that they were impressed with my resume and portfolio and would I be interested in doing 3x advertisements for one of their customers - to which I replied with a yes.
I received the brief from the employer last Friday, and was asked if i'd be able to attend an interview (this week). I replied, saying that i'd work on the brief with a view to getting preliminary designs for the adverts early this week and was available for an interview on certain days this week...
I worked on the adverts x3 over the weekend, and had no further email from the employer regarding the interview - which annoyed me to be honest.
Today, I emailed the employer asking if I'd be able to have an interview this week, as discussed. he replied saying that he was waiting for my designs as discussed, and would THEN be able to give me an interview.
This pissed me off to be honest. I've had heated discussions with my girlfriend - who says that with the current economic climate, people are bending over backwards for employment - Yadda yadda yadda. So she says i should just submit the designs.
I feel that I was enticed with the prospect of an interview with this employer to do adverts for him, and now he's holding me to ransom just to give me the time of day, when under normal circumstances, a resume and portfolio would suffice to enable an employer to shortlist candidates for interviews.
Getting designers to do 3x adverts on a wing and a prayer for what seems the deciding factor on getting an interview or not, is unreasonable an unfair in my opinion, and he gets 3x how ever many other poor dicks he's got dancing for him - worth of designs to show his customer. I also feel that i'll ultimately be judged on the 3x designs that I do, from a poorly worded/conceived brief, which I can't work naturally with. Normally I'd be able to talk and advise a customer and then hammer out an action plan, and get some concise details on marketing direction, but as it stands, the brief seems to idealistic, has way too much information and ends up like 4 dogs tied together chasing 4 different foxes - with hilarious consequences... so to speak.
Am I being unreasonable? is this employer exploiting people under the current economic climate? Ultimately, I've never heard of, or had to do design work just to get an interview AFTER I've submitted a resume and portfolio. I said to my girlfriend that If I had to shortlist candidates to interview, then a resume and portfolio would give me ample information for that decision - and as i said, i've never heard of such requirements. She just thinks i'm being the usual hothead, but i'm not being exploited by a 'design agency' with a pretty mediocre portfolio for that matter. Saatchi and Saatchi - it aint.
Your thoughts as always - are greatly appreciated even if just a single line to the effect of - Jon you're being unreasonable; or; Jon, you are standing your ground wisely...
I already have a bad taste in mouth and maybe should just steer clear.
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