A diagonal job move is tough

Ok, I’ve had some interviews lately and just got a firm “no” from a company that I really liked and I thought I was a good fit for.

Thankfully, that company gave some feedback. Actually they weren’t giving me any notice. Time had passed so I got the hint but no formal “no.” None needed, really. Kinda like dating. After one date, if chemistry isn’t there,  no real need to communicate it. Silence speaks volumes. The interview wasn’t deep into the company,  was with their Talent Acquisition person anyway, not even the hiring manager.  But I wanted feedback, dammit.

So I pressed the issue with a “obviously I didn’t get the job, could you give me any feedback blahblahblah” email.

And she did. Nice of her.

Backstory: my last position was Product Manager then Account Manager, before that at the same company. When I got laid off from the PM role I got honest with myself: I didn’t like it, I didn’t really have a mind for it and, truth be told, I was mediocre at some key parts of the job. It was a trial. So now I’m looking to get back into an AM – type of role.

So the Talent Acquisition person’s feedback was that my most current position was not in Account Management. Yes I had tons of client exposure as a PM buuuuuuuut that’s not good enough.

It’s not a vertical move, higher job within the same company,  it’s not a horizontal move, same job but to another company. 

This is more diagonal. Challenging. I’ve done something similar before. Took time.

Oh well. I’ve had 2 and a 1/2 interviews this week. The half was just a quick call with HR reminding them of my background and HR will submit to the hiring manager.

Of the 2 others, one went really well and looks like I’ll hopefully talk with them again soon.

The other?  It was for a Product Manager role. I agreed because it seemed different so I checked.

Yep,  not for me.



  1. I wish you continued luck with your search. I know that it is hard to not “settle” when you are unemployed but I think in the long term doing what you like will be the right choice.

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  2. They’re difficult. Companies want someone to ‘hit the ground running ‘ but if they actually sat and though about it. Teaching someone who is capable but lacking in a specific area would be better in the long run, because they can teach from scratch rather than deal with bad habits, if you know what I mean. How to catch a break…?

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