Without being too specific, I needed a data feed from an agency for a project I was working on outside of the workplace on my own time, fully allowed by my employment contract.
All I can disclose about the project is that it requires live data of a meteorological nature, so I reached out to the official agency in charge that can provide the data feed.
The data feed proved to be far too expensive. My project was to be free to use for anyone, so I tried to negotiate a discount. I ended up being put through to someone senior who loved my idea, invited me to his office, and initially we had good back and forward communication about progress every 1-2 weeks, and things seemed to move forward. I even showed projects I had created to prove to them I had the knowledge to build the system.
At that point they even sent me some sample data to work with, so I could build a test version of my project while they looked into my request.
Fast forward 2 months or so, and nothing was happening. However my study into the field had convinced me that I wanted to work for them instead of my current employer, so in my next email to them I hinted gently that if they need someone good with low level programming or embedded systems I'm available.
Since then I heard nothing back. I reached out directly a month after and offered my services in a polite way - by asking to be pointed at their recruitment page if they had any interest in my skills or vacancies (they do not have a recruitment page I can find due to the nature of the agency). I mentioned that I would "take it from there" if they are interested, and not involve my contact at the agency. I have still heard nothing back at all from my contact.
- What did I do wrong to offend my contact?
- Was reaching out directly via my contact (whom I originally was talking with to get a data feed) a bad move?
- Have I burnt bridges here?
I really want to try to work at that agency if possible; if not, it would be a shame that I ruined my chances of ever having a data feed for my application instead.
I appreciate any insight.