Saturday, November 23, 2013

On job hunting in 2013

Dear person-with-whom-I-had-a-recent-telephone-interview,

I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me on the phone, since now-a-days, it seems that being invited for an actual in-person interview is as rare as an albino squirrel.

You mentioned that you've been interviewing for this position for quite a while but haven't found the right person yet. I have a few suggestions for you:
  1. One of the first things you said to me is that you'd been at work since 7 a.m. and that you would be in the office on the weekend. This is supposed to impress me? Instead it scares me. I don't want a job that requires me to be "on" 24/7. Ever heard of work-life balance?

  2. You mentioned that it's been hard to find a writer who wants a full-time, in-the-office, 40+ hour per week job. You said that the writer needs to be in the office all the time because there is lots of interaction, collaboration with other folks, yadda yadda yadda. Hello, is this 1990? Here in the 21st century, we know about flexible workplaces and flexible hours. If you want a creative person, you might need to be a little more creative yourself with your requirements.

  3. You proudly said that you have a small staff that does a big job, or a small staff that does the work of a big staff, or that you do a lot with a little, or something like that. This makes me wonder if you really have enough staff to do all the work (see work-life balance). Definitely gives me pause.

  4. Now that I am (ahem) older, I trust my gut. My gut says this job isn't going to work for me.  I have a kid I'm still raising, and a husband that I hope to see every now and then. I get the feeling that if I take this job, I might never see either of them again. Thank you for helping me clarify this.


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