Man, I am sour. I can still put on a happy face during an interview--I'm still an eternal optimist--but I can tell you right now, any further "assessments" prospective employers want to give me had better be limited to a half hour of required labor. I'm not putting hours worth of work on something that may or may not ever be returned with common courtesy.
Mike is convinced that employers are farming out real work to job applicants to see how much they can get done for free. I'm not that cynical, but I'm starting to wonder if he has a point. How many candidates did free instructional design work for CenturyLink? If they had five people create a 45-minute session on how to sell an iPad, chances are they can walk away with a curriculum developed pretty much for free.
But wait! There's more...
Is it me, or are wages these days not what they used to be? I have yet to come across an opportunity that pays anywhere near what I made back in 2000. And lately the figure that's being thrown around is the same I was making when I got out of grad school in 1991.
I was bitching about this to my mother, and she reminded me that every one of my siblings has had to take some kind of mandatory furlough. So is anyone making more than they did in the past, or are employers leveraging their upper hand by squeezing a little more work out of their workers for a little less pay?
What's been your experience?
Changing subjects... For the first time since I started this blog in July 2008, I've decided to change my posting schedule--I'll now be posting on Mondays and Thursdays. I hate to cut the schedule from three posts a week to two, but I've begun to write my next book and really need to devote as much time to that as I can. Plus, I'm working more seriously on my comedy.
It's important to me that I maintain a regular schedule that people can count on, and for more than four years, I've been pretty damn reliable. Posting two days a week will help me maintain that reliability. And I'll throw up bonus posts now and then--I just feel better committing to two days rather than three.
Wow. I forgot to tell you I did a set at the Hilton last week. Great stage, and they said they'll have me back for sure. Yay!
Sending Carmel's hug your way...