As anyone who follows this blog is all too aware of, I was laid off from my job of 13 ½ years Oct. 2, and I’ve chronicled my experiences of dealing with being unemployed, looking for a job and everything that goes along with it. I’ve done it more as therapy for myself, but if anything I’ve written helps anyone else, that’s a bonus.
Some of you may remember that I took on a part-time job in April. I’ve been working on the Web site for Sports Video Group. It’s fun work in a great atmosphere with great people, and I’d be ecstatic if it ever developed into a full-time gig, but this is 2009 and budgets rule everything, so all I can do is work hard and hope.
I’m obviously still looking for a full-time job, so I answered an ad last week and went on an interview that went exceptionally well. The good news: I’m writing for a well-known blog, WebNewser, owned by a very well-respected company known to anyone who’s ever worked five minutes in the media industry, mediabistro. The bad news: It’s another part-time position.
Is this a case of part-time plus part-time equals full-time? Well, in terms of hours, yes, but in terms of additions to the checking account, not so much a lot. One position pays by the hour, and the other pays by the post. According to my calculations, even a super-productive work week, such as the one I put in last week, will still bring in about one-half of what I was making at my old job.
But, as I said, this is 2009, and I have to deal with the reality of the situation. No promises were made, but there is the potential for either job to actually become a “real,” full-time job. And the WebNewser gig provides great experience and great exposure. So I’m not complaining at all: I’m actually quite happy with the situation.
It’s a lot of work, but it’s good, fun, quality, productive work. My two biggest adjustments have been getting used to shifting back and forth between the two jobs and reminding myself to take a break at times before my eyes fall out of my head. I had a couple of 3:30 lunches after getting caught up in work, but I’m getting a little better at time management.
So for the advice portion of this blog: If anyone else who’s out of work is fortunate enough to find opportunities such as the two I’ve found, jump on them. Yes, I want a full-time job, and yes, making one-half of what I was making isn’t ideal, but I’m working, I’m staying sharp, I’m getting exposure and experience and I’m doing something with my days besides playing Facebook Scrabble. It’s 2009: Thumbing your nose at a good part-time gig may not be the wisest move.