Something New

Saturday, January 15, 2011

On February 5th of last year I was laid-off from a position I had held for a little over three years previous. Now, moving time forward approximately 343 days, I have recently had a few interviews just to get in the door at several places. I have to admit, I did not think it would take over 11-months just to land an interview. But, times are tough and really not improving. It seems that new positions are only available when somebody leaves, voluntary or not. Expansion is definitely out of many a mangers or owners’ mind at present. There are a few exceptions in and around where I live; and those seem to have found me.

Both interviews this past week ended with offers following the next day or two. I know I am more than qualified for either position. Now the real shock is the amount of the offers are much lower than advertised. (Twenty to twenty-five percent below what I would expect.) These offers are tempting if only to generate income and open potential doors. Yet, I have a nagging feeling I may regret accepting even the better of the two.

Something has changed in the world in the last few years. Civility seems to be a rare trait when previously it was a common courtesy. Perhaps I have aged more in the past year than I know. I see this seeming lack at the gym, on the roads, and during the discourse of business. The “kept” feeling is undeniable and unfortunate.

We are beings of networks. Great ideas, for the most part, occur when a hunch plays across an open forum of participants. A bit of cross-fertilization and voila a new widget or thingy-kabob solves a plaguing problem. Without civility, this sharing of ideas is lost. It harkens the days of the bullies and selfish kids on the playground during elementary school. The resulting cliques formed out of survival and/or protection instinct. The loners, ahem, were picked-off like the stragglers on the Serengeti.

These fringe individuals lost their group connect. This disconnection can have significantly detrimental results across psychological and physical boundaries. We may think we are doing okay, up to the time the lion chomps down on our posterior. So, this begs the question of what to do.

Well, the obvious answer is to do your best. Keep your commitments to yourself and strive to make yourself even better. Irrespective of the choice at hand, I can only make the best decision based on my values. So, I report as a contract employee in a few days to begin at a rate lower than I left four years ago because there is the possibility of a brighter future ahead.

Thanks for the constant good vibes, thoughts and prayers. I know sometime in the future, I shall return them ten-fold.

Be at Peace.
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  • FREES1
    Best of luck to you in your new position - working sometimes does wonders for our psyche and our souls! Hopefully once your foot is in the door it will find something better and more rewarding!
    You struck a chord with your comments about civility - if only it weren't so rare!

    Keep the faith and thanks for all you do for us emoticon

    3362 days ago
    God Bless! I have no doubt you will excell in your new position. As always, your positive attitude will lead you to success!
    3365 days ago
    I've been laid off for 4 months and have my first interview on Thursday! It is really hard to believe how difficult it is to find a position.

    Congratulations on your job offers!
    3365 days ago
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    Congrats on getting a job! I am sorry that the pay is lower than what you expect, but I am sure the future will hold something bright for you!

    I hope you enjoy your new place of employment.
    3365 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2516753
    Congratulations on the new position! It may not be exactly what you were expecting, but hopefully it will lead to future opportunites for you.

    This job market is still terrible. My boyfriend took a job in Canada 16 months ago to avoid a layoff. He's lucky to have a job, but it sucks only have him home on the weekends. He's been looking for something closer to home for nearly a year now, but hasn't had any luck. He has had similiar experiences-- employers posting kitchen-sink ads expecting candidates to be able to do the work of two people for a salary far lower than you'd expect. Several of our friends have been laid off over the last year, and have had similiar experiences. With so many experienced people out of work right now, employers are taking advantage of the situation & being incredibly greedy. I think that all we can do right now is hold on & wait for the dust to settle.

    Good luck!
    3365 days ago
    Though I understand how you feel about the lower pay, at this time in your career it sounds like you made the right decision to accept a position that gets your foot in the door. Now you just need to show them how good you are and how lucky they are to have you and something will open up. Wishing you the best going forward.
    3365 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    The business world has definitely changed in the last 2 years and it will take time for all of us to adapt to the new landscape. Sounds like you're making a good choice for you given the options. Any door opened is worth walking through for there are valuable lessons in all that life has to show us. Proud of you for taking a first step.

    3366 days ago
    emoticon on your new job! You made the right decision, there is always potential in any job and you will develop a new network.
    3366 days ago
    Funny, my husband and I were having that very conversation just the other day. The topic also came up Business Interpersonal skills class. I really agree and feel like as the world and the workplace become more virtual, the human element is lost. Seems like people cannot communicate on a face to face level anymore or even interact with one another without being civil. It is a sad thing to lose sight of who we are as individuals and our place in the world because of technology and it's advances. So keeping your commitments to yourself and striving to do better is an act of survival. Good luck and I wish you the best and keep happy and positive thoughts of that brighter future that lies ahead and recognize that there are toxic people out there that will try and bring you down if you let them. emoticon
    3366 days ago
    I can empathize. Although I have a job, I've been trying to find a new one for over a year! It's been very disheartening, but I'm still looking. Congratulations on your new job; I hope you enjoy it.
    3366 days ago
    Your reflections on the 'state of our world' and the civility rating is duly noted...outsourcing/the bottom line has greatly impacted our economy and how we conduct business as well as how we treat others in relationships-I wish you the best in your future endeavors!
    3366 days ago
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