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Sometimes you hunt for a job, sometimes a job finds you

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I've been working at a term job that ends at the beginning of Feb. I started a half-hearted job search in mid-December, but all the things I've gotten nibbles on don't start until April or May. I could last that long because I was working double hours for a few months, but it would largely deplete the little bit of savings I've rebuilt.

And then out of the blue last week, I got offered my choice of two jobs with a non-profit. One pays chicken feed, but it would be very easy and it's right here where I already am, working with people I know and like. The other pays a grown-up salary, but I'm not entirely 100% sure I'm qualified for it. It involves managing people who might not be terribly happy, because their current managers are all getting fired for financial malfeasance. (They didn't do anything criminal; they just mismanaged stuff. They run an operation that should be making lots of money easily, but is barely breaking even, so their non-profit is being evicted from its sites and replaced with the non-profit that offered me the job. I've seen some of their work, and it looks more like a junior high class project than a professional fund-raising operation.) Unfortunately, that one is also in a community where it's evidently next to impossible to find an apartment. Even though it pays twice as much as the opportunity here, my housing would cost two to three times as much. It's hard to find housing here, too, but if you do find it, it's cheap.

And just to complicate things further, the soon-to-be-dissolved non-profit had a position that wasn't offered to me but for which I am eminently qualified. I'm not sure if the director knows my background; he offered me the other jobs because he's seen me volunteering and Rangering, not using this other skill set. So on Monday I'm going to ask if they plan to fill the position I noticed, and if he would let me combine that with the job he already offered me here. I could actually do both at the same time if he'll pay me for them.

Oh, and either of those jobs will pay my health insurance. That was an interesting part of the conversation; this guy-- who is a fairly conservative gun-totin' Texan-- is totally sold on Obamacare. His organization has to insure 4 employees, and it was just about breaking him, and then there was one employee with pre-existing conditions for whom he just couldn't find insurance at any cost. He spent over a hundred hours a year searching, because each company would drop them after a year even though the employee in question NEVER FILED A CLAIM. Not even a normal doctor visit, or a sprained ankle, or the flu. That employee fought with the website for 5 or 6 hours (so did I; it didn't like our addresses down here and instead of saying, "We do not recognize your address" it would say "an error occurred") and then got better coverage than they could get him, at a price that will save them enough to hire another employee at their lowest pay grade.

So, anyway, I basically have to make a decision in the next few days and be ready to move in 3-4 weeks. I hate big decisions and transitions. Wish me luck in creating my own Frankenjob!
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ARCHIMEDESII 1/11/2014 2:03PM

    The job that pays a grown up salary might come with grown up stress. I don't know if I'd want to take a job rebuilding a non profit. Do you feel like a challenge ? It certainly sounds like it would be a challenge.

I take it you're done with life as a park ranger ? That too has been a good experience, but I could see how you'd be concerned with job security. Working in a national park is a labor of love.

Well, it sounds like you have opportunities and that's half the battle. My contract job keeps getting extended. Don't get me wrong, I love the job. but I keep wonder what does a person have to do to get permanent status ? On the plus side, I get health care. That's half my battle.

Good luck !


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