Let’s say that I have applied for a job. The hiring process involves approval by a board or a council which isn’t directly involved with the agency/department I’d be working for; instead, it’s just got general budgeting and personnel yes/no authority. But it’s the one, at least nominally, making the hire. Like the way a government job might work, for instance.
If I’ve been in touch several times with the head of the actual agency itself, and that person – the one I’d be working for- keeps saying he’s just waiting on the approval by the council-entity, but has recommended me as the man for the position, and I’m getting antsy because I need to know where I’m going to be in my life in the near future, is there anything wrong with a letter or phone call to the council people directly to ask whether they’re going to make a hire for this agency, and maybe on what timetable? The fact that they aren’t my potential bosses and I’ve never been in any kind of contact with them, but they have the authority to instantly kill my chances, is kind of frightening me away from wanting to be too aggressive. Is that bad aggressive or good aggressive, do you think?
Assuming you think it’s the acceptable kind of pushiness, what do you think about an email to the head of the hiring body, at an email address from his private workplace, if I have reason to think that would be the most likely to get noticed and the “board” is kind of an ad-hoc part-time thing? Is that crossing the line? I’m generally pretty instinctively terrible at dealing with those in positions of great authority, so I’d prefer to give them wide berth, but this process is taking forever and I’m totally in the dark. If the bossperson is making empty promises I’d love to find that out as soon as possible.
Thanks for any insight.