editTemplate findControl in gridView_RowCreated Event

I'm trying to set the .CommandArgument to the string representation of the RowIndex.

When I use FindControl, the ItemTemplate fields work fine, but the EditTemplate fields return null.

Can anyone offer some assistance to resolve this?

Ps, I'm using Visual Studio 2010 Professional, and ASP.NET 4.0 .NET Framework.
<asp:GridView ID="gvYourOpenJobs" 
                              runat="server" 
                              AutoGenerateColumns="False" 
                              DataKeyNames="JId" 
                              DataSourceID="ldsYourOpenJobs" 
                              Font-Names="Verdana" 
                              CellPadding="4" 
                              ForeColor="#333333" 
                              onrowcommand="gvYourOpenJobs_RowCommand" 
                              onselectedindexchanged="gvYourOpenJobs_SelectedIndexChanged"
                              EmptyDataText="No Jobs Found" onrowdatabound="gvYourOpenJobs_RowDataBound" onrowcreated="gvYourOpenJobs_RowCreated" AllowSorting="True" OnRowUpdating="gvYourOpenJobs_RowUpdating" AllowPaging="True">
                     <AlternatingRowStyle BackColor="#E9ECF1" ForeColor="RoyalBlue" />
                  <Columns>
                    <asp:TemplateField ShowHeader="False">
                      <EditItemTemplate>
                          <asp:LinkButton ID="ButtonApprove" runat="server" CausesValidation="True" CommandName="Update" ForeColor="#009933" Text="Approve"></asp:LinkButton>
                          &nbsp;
                          <asp:LinkButton ID="lBtnDeny" runat="server" CausesValidation="False" CommandName="Deny" ForeColor="#009933" Text="Deny"></asp:LinkButton>
                          &nbsp;
                          <asp:LinkButton ID="lBtnCancel" runat="server" CausesValidation="False" CommandName="Cancel" ForeColor="Red" Text="Cancel"></asp:LinkButton>
                      </EditItemTemplate>
                      <ItemTemplate>
                        <asp:LinkButton ID="lBtnApproveDeclineJob" runat="server" CausesValidation="False" CommandName="Edit" ForeColor="RoyalBlue" Text="Approve or Deny"></asp:LinkButton>
                      </ItemTemplate>
                    </asp:TemplateField>
                  </Columns>


    protected void gvYourOpenJobs_RowCreated(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
    {
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
        {
            LinkButton selectButton = (LinkButton)e.Row.FindControl("btnYourOpenJobsSelect");
            if (selectButton != null)
            {
                selectButton.CommandArgument = e.Row.RowIndex.ToString();
            }

            LinkButton lBtnApproveDeclineJob = (LinkButton)e.Row.FindControl("lBtnApproveDeclineJob"); // ok
            if (lBtnApproveDeclineJob != null)
            {
                lBtnApproveDeclineJob.CommandArgument = e.Row.RowIndex.ToString();
            }

            LinkButton approveJob = e.Row.Cells[0].FindControl("ButtonApprove") as LinkButton; // returns null
            if (approveJob != null)
            {
                approveJob.CommandArgument = e.Row.RowIndex.ToString();
            }

            LinkButton denyJob = (LinkButton)e.Row.FindControl("lBtnDeny"); // returns null
            if (denyJob != null)
            {
                denyJob.CommandArgument = e.Row.RowIndex.ToString();
            }

            LinkButton cancelJob = e.Row.Cells[0].FindControl("lBtnCancel") as LinkButton; // returns null
            if (cancelJob != null)
            {
                cancelJob.CommandArgument = e.Row.RowIndex.ToString();
            }
        }
    }

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Easwaran ParamasivamCommented:
RowDataBound is the best place to find the controls.


protected void gvYourOpenJobs_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
{
    if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow && 
        (e.Row.RowState & DataControlRowState.Edit) == DataControlRowState.Edit)
    { 
        // Find control
        LinkButton dl = (DropDownList)e.Row.FindControl("ButtonApprove");
    }
}

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Yes, I remember that from last year when i initially built this application.  Sorry, but info in my brain has an expiration timer of about an hour!
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