Saturday, February 25, 2017
As many of you know, I was laid off from my job last year. However, I wasn't out of work for long. I had the good luck to pick up a three month contract position. It didn't seem like it would lead anywhere, but I took it to earn money and get off unemployment for at least three months. I did such a good job, they kept me on for other projects. This week, after many months of working hard and being patient, I was offered a full time position with the company.
I can not tell you what a relief it is to have a full time job with benefits again. Working contract is a good job opportunity. Many times, it can be well paying. but it's a drag not being paid for holidays, vacation or sick days.
When I was laid off from my last job, I wasn't surprized. In fact, I saw it coming because I knew there were going to be lay offs. Without going into detail about some nasty office politics (back stabbing at it's best), I knew I'd be one of the first out the door. So, I had started to look because the job was becoming toxic, very toxic. I was talking with a co worker (who was also looking) about jobs I was applying to. He told me something about myself that had a significant impact on me. He said that I didn't put enough value on myself as a worker.
And I thought about that for a very long time. He was right. I didn't put enough value on myself or my skills as a worker. I can tell you I was definitely underpaid for the work I did. I kept his comment in mind when I was sending out resumes and talking to recruiters. I put a higher value on myself and well, it's finally paid off. I wont tell you how much, but when I received the offer, I nearly fainted. it's a very significant pay increase. It's what my manager (the man who offered me the job) thinks my value is to him and the company.
I'm going to have to work my tail off for my paycheck, but it's nice to work for a company that values me as an employee. That was really nice to hear this past week. Now, I get to fill out reams of HR paperwork. LOL.
And my treat was a small rum raisin ice cream. I don't usually want an ice cream in February because it's usually 20 degrees. Yesterday it was over 70 degrees in Boston. Today it's in the 60s. Oh and I decided to have a small hot fudge sundae when I get my first paycheck.
So, to all my Spark Buddies who are looking for a better opportunity. Remember, put a higher value on your skills as a worker because you have value !