Things I’ve learned in my “retirement”/unemployment – part 2

So, about this job search…

Over the last seven months, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I want to do next. Yes, I think I was pretty good at all the jobs that have been a part of my career over the last 25+ years, but really…I think I’m ready to head in a different direction.

There are parts of my career that I’m still interested in…writing, technology, teamwork. But there other jobs that can feed those interests.

There are also some things I’m pretty sure I don’t want…a long commute, extensive amounts of overtime, demanding expectations, etc.

I went on an interview last week for a hot tech start-up. Actually, they’ve been in existence for a few years, but they’re really taking off now – high growth, high valuation, increasing their headcount exponentially. The role is a new one for the company, and its goal is to meet a critical and very visible need that they have. While only 40 miles from my house, the commute would take at least 1.5 hours each way with traffic. Parking is expensive in this part of town. AND the demands of the work could necessitate 50-60 hour weeks.

I’m glad I went on the interview, though, because I really learned something. I didn’t get warm fuzzy vibes from any of the people I talked to, including the person who would be my boss. And when I asked what they hoped I could accomplish in the first year, I realized that the expected results were a stretch for a staff of 2 or 3 people…how could I do the work alone?

I really don’t want that at this point in my life. I’m comfortable enough in my finances to not want to chase this high-power, high-paying job with the potential for a big equity cash-out in a few years. Yes, it is a bit of a stretch technically, but I like challenges. If the job were in my backyard, maybe?

I respectfully withdrew my candidacy, based on my gut feeling that this opportunity just didn’t align with my goals at this time. The recruiter was apparently not amused and hasn’t called me back, even to say, “Thanks for letting us know.”

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