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.