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An end to FunEmployment?

It's strange the entire time I've been unemployed I've been busy. So busy I have had very little time for LJ. I had photo shoots to do, books to finally finish, and in one case a photobook to publish for a friend... yes it was an iPhoto vacation book. I sent out resumes and did introspection. I attended job search classes and asked for referrals through linkedin. But I wasn't trying very hard. I also was getting ZERO responses to jobs I was perfect for as well as jobs I was over qualified for. I have been enjoying my time off but on certain days I've wondered if it was good for me. I know I can be shy to get back on the horse if I don't do it right away.

On Friday I got a call from someone who seemed excited to hear from me. "So you're interested?", he asked me. It was right up my alley, It didn't sound like fun, it wasn't green energy or Mac work but I was qualified and it didn't sound like it would be outside my comfort zone. I told him I was interested. I was surprised to hear someone sounding like they weren't swamped with requests to fill the job by overqualified IT workers. Then he asked, "Are you OK with the Per hour?" I've been salary for so many years that $ per hour doesn't equate any more in my head. I always think about when I shit myself when I was getting $10 an hour. The number he said sounded big but I told him I was used the number in salary, he translated it and I had to fight to keep the calm in my voice. I did a good job because he was rolling it over in his head if I could go for cheeper but he said he would put in the full amount because I sounded perfect. When I hung up the phone I made a little squee sound. If I get this job I just got will have improved my salary by one third. It's a contract to hire position and I wasn't going to take anything that didn't have medical... but this was too much. Plus it's working for a big British company I use when I'm in London, I didn't even know they had offices in San Francisco.

My Russian Gypsy Tarot Cards told me it was time to cross the bridge to the next part of my life. It scares me how often they are right. I know they work by bringing your subconscious thought to the front for you to examine but it's still a little freaky friday.

Fingers crossed it works out for the best and I'm able to work my magic again. I know it will and I know I can.


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Jun. 21st, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Best of Luck
It sounds really good so far. I was not going to give up a job with benefits for something contract but I am now too spooked to pass up anything, without looking at it very carefully.

Looking forward to this story's happy conclusion.

Jun. 21st, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! Best of luck, homeslice.
Jun. 21st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
One way or another, it's all for the best. I'd wish you luck if I thought you needed it, but you're Irish.

Oh hell! Good Luck anyway!
Jun. 21st, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! I, personally, love freelancing. I think it's a more honest arrangement than employment, but only when they actually acknowledge that they need to pay you a lot more in place of benefits. The company doesn't have to pretend they care about me as more than dollar signs in and out, and I can choose to take that money and buy my own benefits or do whatever else I care to do with it. (Note that this jaded point of view is about companies, and caring about and/or being cared about by coworkers is another matter entirely.)

Any chance of getting domestic partner benefits through Thom?
Jun. 21st, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
I hope this works out for you. What about the medical coverage? Can you go under Toms?


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