Thursday, March 12, 2009

On Starting Over

I got the job today, the one where my friend will be my boss. Ironically, THAT isn't what I'm having problems with. We're adults, and professional adults at that - I'm sure we'll be fine. It's the starting over thing. Going from having my own office and lots of flexibility to sharing an office with 10 people and having zero seniority. From being the one who answered questions to being the one asking them. And the pay cut - did I mention the pay cut? Yeah, to the tune of $16K. Ouch. To be fair, since my severance ran out a week and a half ago, technically I make nothing now, so maybe I should look at is as a BIG increase. And I'm trying to, I really am. I'm sooo trying to stay positive. My friend warned me before I went in there, he said, "The place is a dump." Sure, coming from where I was before, everything else looks like a dump. He said he was worried that I'd be unhappy with the pay, and I assured him I'd be okay. They called me half an hour after I left the interview to offer me the position. They said they knew I was looking for more money than that, and said they're willing to re-negotiate in a few months. I should be happy - so why do I feel like crying?

6 comments:

Midwest Mommy said...

I would cry too. That is so hard starting over. It is great you have a job but it is a slap in the face when you will work just as many hours as before but for way less.

Kendra Field-Bennett said...

Hang in there, give it a chance! It will all work out, it's the unknown that's scary.

Veronica Garcia said...

well this is definitely a POSITIVE. Congrats. It's better than lots of people out there. Some still don't have a job even after a year or so.

Chris said...

Chin up buttercup.
First of all congrats on the job. I do really hope it works out for you.
Hopefully in a few months they will renegotiate a better salary.
Starting over is not only hard it's scary. I don't handle change well.
You are a smart, great person and I just know everything will be just fine.
Good luck!

Dawn said...

So, wow. That's a huge pay cut. Not sure what to say. But negotiating later on sounds good! And change in any form is always scary.

Charmed said...

Working for a friend can be a positive. I work for my Aunt, best thing that ever happened. Hang in there, work you ass off and show em what you got. You will make it.