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I applyed for the Programing job at Torus, about a month ago, and only yesterday got 2 emails saying that my applaction would not be looked at untill Jan...

I sent Wendy my demo, and becuase this is my first Job outisde of 3 Years of making Mods, I let her know

Today, i load up suemas, front page, and Wam! There is a news post, with the postion I applied for!

Is this common place?

Jacana's picture

That job the are advertisting for may not be looked at until Jan, as well. I think it may end up working something like this:

Leave job posting open for two weeks
Sort through applications
Go on holidays for two weeks
Get back to work sometime in Jan
Contact applicants

amckern's picture

Okie then

It was just that I did cold calling about 3 weeks, ago, and Torus, was one place that asked me to send them my demo

Thanks any way Jacana

Jacana's picture

I can only guess :) But with holidays coming up at the end of this month, and most companies (even games) closing down for a few weeks, I think that may be the reason why.

Just don't give up. Make sure you send them an email around the 7th and see how things are going - or even call!

groovyone's picture

I wouldn't fuss over it too much. Companies don't tend to hire much over Christmas period. Also takes a little while after NewYear to start thinking about hiring.

Also the reason you were told January is probably because they were going to start looking at recruiting in January anyway and hadn't advertised yet.

I think it's more co-incidence you happened to call them a few weeks before they were going to advertise, and it's nothing personally against you.

Besides, companies do have a right to seek out the best candidate for a job.

Relax and enjoy Christmas & New-Year and then hopefully u'll get an interview in Jan/Feb and you can woo them over with your charm!

Best of luck!

Blitz's picture

Australian game companies (comapnies in general?) will often advertise a position with no intention of actually filling it for several months...i guess it gives them plenty of time to sort through etc. Sometimes jobs will be advertised without a position even being available (eg. someone may be possibly thinking about leaving the company then doesn't, so no need to replace).
Last year, Blue Tongue advertised several jobs, and about a week or so after advertising them, the HR person who deals with the job applications went overseas (on business?) for a couple months haha...at least thats what they told me, maybe they were jsut trying to let me down easy :P
But yeah, as others have said, don't feel rejected because job hunting is likely to be quite slow at any company over the christmas period.
CYer, Blitz

mcdrewski's picture

In contrast, I've just had my fourth interview without offer for a low-level contract position with one company. I've never heard of a company investing so much time in hiring before, especially for someone on contract!

If they're reading this, I'm worth it though :)

groovyone's picture

quote:Originally posted by mcdrewski

In contrast, I've just had my fourth interview without offer for a low-level contract position with one company. I've never heard of a company investing so much time in hiring before, especially for someone on contract!

Well, I've had this happen in the IT industry. Was brought back for 4 interviews, including a 3-4 hour psych test (whatever they call it).. you know , spatial matching, sequential predictions, general IQ.. etc. I was told at the end of the whole process they didn't have a role for my skills just yet, and I would be kept on file.. I was SOOO Pissed off for having wasted my business and personal time. I didn't really care though, I had 2 other companies with offers on the table, and took the other positition that afternoon with the other company being very patient about investigating my choice.

Don't worry though, as you gain more skills and get more experience you will land jobs more often than not. In the last 6 years out of all jobs I've applied for and managed to get an interview for I have been offered every single one (some even without interview).

amckern's picture

Thanks Everone, this has put my mind at ease