Before moving to Jakarta, I began my professional step by searching for a job first. I mainly browsed JobsDB to find the job information. I found many jobs there, and send my applications to some of them that I thought were relevant to my qualifications. Then I also contacted my friends who had already been working in Jakarta.
Eva Soeryono, an ex-colleague, suggested me to apply to her company, PT. Outsource Indonesia. It was an human resource outsourcing company. Eva said the wage was fair and she liked it there because she could learn many new things. Interested, I sent in my application to her boss, Mr. Ferry.
A few days later, I had a phone call from PT. Outsource Indonesia. Mr. Ferry invited me to come to Jakarta for an interview. We scheduled the interview then I flew there. Yes, this time I took an airplane. Since it was not a holiday, the fare was pretty cheap.
When I arrived at Cengkareng Airport in Jakarta, my girlfriend had been already waiting for me there. How sweet :). Then we took the airport bus to Terminal Blok M. Then we took a cab to PT. Outsource Indonesia around Jalan Senopati. The office was small and quiet. Mr. Ferry, the boss was pretty nice. He explained to me everything about the company. He also answered my questions without hesitant. He seemed to be interested but he told me to wait for his news since he needed to discuss about my salary requirement with the financial department. Then I left the office.
In Jakarta, my girlfriend booked me a room at Hotel Sentral in Jalan Pramuka, Jakarta Utara. The price for standard room is Rp. 250,000 a night. It was roughly the same as my previous room at Hotel Cipta, but I got a very much better room. With a large king-size bed, tv cable, bathroom with a bathtub, a comfy sofa, and a nice indoor decoration, the price couldn’t be wrong. Unlike Hotel Cipta, it also had a swimming pool although the condition was not so great.
After spending two nights in Jakarta, then I flew home to Surabaya, continued working at Excellogix. Not long after, Mr. Ferry called me again, he said that I was accepted and he required me to go there once again to meet his client. Just before, I got an email from PT Metalogix Infolink Persada aka MIP aka X/Link inviting me to Jakarta for an interview. I recalled that I also applied to X/Link who opened a job position in JobsDB. For my convenience, I arranged the schedule for both of them so I would only take one trip.
Having taken another flight, I met Mr. Ferry, then he drove me to his client office. It was the Astra Credit Company (ACC), one of the largest automobile credit company in Indonesia. He took me to some directors of ACC and they conducted another interview with me.
After a few hours, we went back to the office. He said that I was already accepted but he required me to wait for the clients decision whether they would hire me or not. But if they wouldn’t, he already had a backup plan for me. I hoped it was not another travel to Jakarta another day, did he know that it cost me a lot of money?
The next day, I went to X/Link in Menara Kebon Sirih aka Gedung Bimantara. Honestly, it was the coolest and most modern office building I ever entered. Compared to this, the Outsource Indonesia office is um, nothing :D. I went to the 7th floor where X/Link located. I met the receptionist, Mbak Dahrie, who asked me my business. I told her that I had an appoinment with Mr, uhm, Mr… Damn, I forgot his name. I randomly picked a name, Mr. Ferry. Hahaha. That was the name of PT. Outsource Indonesia. The receptionist told me to wait for a moment while she made a call. Ah, it seemed that there was somebody called Ferry too. Lucky me :p. Confused, the receptionist told me that Mr. Ferry didn’t have an interview appointment today. Oh great :(. Luckily, the receptionist was kind enough to ask the others. Then she told me that Mr. Johannes Sukamtoh did have the appointment with me then she took me to his room.
That was the first time I met Mr. Johannes, the Technical Director. I was rather surprised because he asked many technical questions to me, such as: “What is the different between TCP and UDP as well as thread and process.” I couldn’t answer some of them, but strangely, he seemed pretty satisfied and kindly gave me the correct answers. He then lead me to Mr. Halim Sugandi, the General Manager. He didn’t look like any average middle-aged man, instead he looked rather nerdy. And, like Mr. Johannes, he also asked me more technical questions. Fortunately, the questions were pretty much the same, and this time I could handle them all because the clues given by Mr. Johannes.
After the interview session, Mr. Halim gave his “okay” to Mr. Johannes and I was taken to Mr. Johannes office once again. Then Mr. Johannes started to talk about the company profile, and why shoud I work there. He also asked me about my expected salary. He didn’t give me my expectation, but instead he promised me that I could achieve a better career and living there. I told him that I needed some time to think since I also needed to consider the offer of Mr. Ferry of PT. Outsource Indonesia. But Mr. Johannes insisted me to take his offer soon so I could work ASAP. Well, I did need the job ASAP, and since Mr. Ferry didn’t give me the exact day when I could get to work, I thought I would take Mr. Johannes’ offer. And did I mention that I would work in a much cooler building too? :p
So there we go. I made the deal with Mr. Johannes and told him that I would work for him starting from the next month.
So I came home to Surabaya and gave my resignation letter to my bosses at Excellogix, Mr. Tan It Pin and Mrs. Vera Sumargo. I also sent an email to Mr. Ferry telling him my apologize that I already made a deal with another company.