Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Work
Do you know when it's easiest to find a job?
It's when you already have one!
When you're out of work and the bills are piling up it's near impossible to get hired.
My wife interviewed for a position in Manhattan a little over a month ago. They said they same BS that firms always say, "We'll let you know next week."
Only they didn't, of course. Or the next week...
But yesterday they did offer her the position and it looks like she'll sign on the dotted line - once the non-small issue of compensation is addressed.
And that's when these surprises appear, when neither she nor I was watching the pot. Heck we'd almost totally forgotten about this position.
But that's in stark contrast to the recent experience of a friend of ours.
This breadwinner been out of work since November and undergone a torturesome 6 or 7 interviews with an interested new employer. Still, after 8(?) weeks of this process they haven't made a decision one way or another.
That's just cruel. Four formal interviews is where you have to draw the line.
After that, put the potential job out of your mind and get back to looking far and wide for other positions.
One more thing.
In your giddyness, don't forget to negotiate *vacation* before signing anything.
Because if Mrs. C-Nut hears one more story about someone 35-45 years old taking a job with only 2 or 3 weeks vacation....she's going to blow her lid!
It's almost like when someone dies - there's too much emotion to haggle with the gouging funeral director (and he knows it!).
Homeschool your kids. And turn them into entrepreneurs that they may never know the agony of a job search.