I got a phone call yesterday afternoon. Well, first I got a message via LinkedIn requesting the call, then I got the call.
It was from a recruiter. Offering a very (very) high paid job at a company in Boston. For those of you who read this blog regularly and saw yesterday’s post, you can join me in a good laugh here: the position was to create and manage the social media department – wait for it – for a PR firm.
I know. As an old friend used to say, you just can’t make this stuff up.
Even though that particular job wasn’t for me, we got to talking – and said recruiter was very excited about what it is that I do, how I do it and why I do it. To be honest, I was excited about my answers too. And this confirmed that it would be sorta hard to woo me away from my present situation – owning my own company, being my own boss, freelancing and the randomness that comes with it.
Let’s be honest.
An actual job has some things going for it: a steady paycheck, health insurance, VACATION TIME, SICK TIME sorry – I’m back, I think I just fainted for a minute there.
But, and it’s a big BUT – how secure would this job really be? As it stands, my success is entirely dependent on me. It’s a lot of pressure, but at least it’s mine. I do well when I work hard, seize opportunity, smear my gumption all over people…and things like that. I do poorly when I don’t do those things. And I have no one to blame but myself. Really. Even if I get screwed over or let down by a client, it’s up to me whether I cry about it and sling responsibility (and we all deserve at least 5 minutes of this) or whether I just get up and go find another one, a better one. Companies fold all the time or it’s just not a good fit or…there are so many things that could make this opportunity crumble.*
So, what I told her was, “Of course, I’ll send my resume, but:
- I’d be more interest in working as a contractor,
- Or as a consultant,
- Or on a special project for a few weeks to several months,
- And I’d need to telecommute,
- But I’d be happy to travel in on a regular basis.”
I’m not closing any doors. If a job-job came along that was just perfect (and had a sizable signing bonus), I would heavily consider it. As always, there is no definitive path…but there’s a helluva lot of excitement and possibility.
What about you? If you had your choice, would you go it alone or pull your chair up to a cubicle?
*I’m really not a pessimist. The other night, a loud truck with flashing lights woke me up in the middle of the night – my first and only thought was, why are they cleaning the streets at this hour? When, in fact and of course, it was a snowplow and we were in the middle of a snowstorm on March 1st. I think this is a sign of my deeply embedded optimism. (Which is why, for now, I’m putting my chips on Writing Roads.)
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