What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Friday Whine Set to Medium

You know, for a part-time job with flexible hours, this thing is taking up an awful lot of brain space and time. I don't think I've done a job search since Tuesday, and I'm way behind in rewrites and new work.

I'm sure after next week things will settle down, but I'm having my doubts. Also, I'm really not liking the feeling that if the good job calls for an interview on Monday they're going to say, "Sorry, can't meet you after hours, there's plenty of people we can interview during regular business hours." Yeah, I know, fear of something in the future which I can't control.

And I have the nagging feeling that my district is the "bad boy" of the bunch. I seem to be getting all the problem issues. Not saying that none of the other people aren't having their share, but if someone else has an issue, I have the same one. And I also have other issues that I don't think the other people are having. Maybe I'm just being whiny and need to vent. I don't know. But as Han said approaching the moon, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

Regrets, I have a few.


Anonymous said...

Part time jobs today are nothing more than full time jobs you have to complete in half the time. Employers are taking advantage of the bad job market, and using it as an excuse to ream employees more than ever. I wonder if the everyday Joe will ever get a break...

Steve Buchheit said...

I don't know if we ever will, Anon. It's been going this direction for the past decade and doesn't show any signs of easing (notice the new stories about employees taking pay cut and unions giving concessions). For my own experience, most of the jobs I'm applying for pay much less than what I was making. There's been a slight moderation of that lately, but those are the rare examples.

Also, this position is an up to 40 hour a week job (whatever we need to get it done). But, yeah, this doesn't pay well, and there are no benefits. It is a temporary position.

The majority of positions I see advertised (and on the "not so advertised" listings) the employer is looking for the moon and stars, IMHO. And the pay isn't all that great.

And then there are the freelance boards. I used to scan those for opportunities, but it quickly became clear that it's mostly people in other countries bidding on the work. The amounts bid are even below the "living in the parent's basement" prices.