That’s right, fold your tent, pack up your briefcase, and say “No deal”. If you’re not willing to do that, you’re pretty much at the mercy of the other party, you’ll end up taking whatever is offered, simply because, you’re not willing to walk away.
Why am I mentioning this?
Well today, the recruiter called me and asked if more money would change my mind. I thanked him for calling, but that no, money was not the issue. I reiterated that what had interested me in the project was the ability to work it remotely and to play a large role in the redesign.
That they were unwilling to commit to that, and as long as that was true, I was not willing to ‘get on board’.
So, since last Friday, when my rate was going to “leave him awfully thin” once he paid me, he’s offered a plane ticket home every two weeks, and now to pay me even more.
I’ve got to admit, I have re-thought my decision several times. Each time though, the potential downsides, have out weighed everything else.
At the end of our conversation he asked, what will you do if the current contract isn’t extended? What if that happens?
What if indeed… What if:
- I get on site and they decide they’re paying me too much?
- it ends up to be a “no end in site” maintenance gig?
- the working conditions really suck
- I hate living there
- Their idea of ‘casual’ is a two piece suit
- My wife becomes unhappy with me being gone 24 out of 28 days?
I’m much better at the ‘what if’ game I told him, I do ‘what if’ for a living!
I did counter his offer though. I offered to take on a piece of work, on spec, to be done remotely. That if I couldn’t deliver, they’d owe me nothing. If I do, they cover any and all travel expenses for any time they want/need me in CT. If I were a betting man, I’d bet he won’t even mention it to them.
I do want to say one thing here, this recruiter, has worked his butt off trying to make this deal come together, it’s not his fault the client can’t commit to a plan, and a process. I’d love it if he were able to place me as I can’t remember a recruiter who’s ever worked harder.
Also, I’d be a bit remiss if I didn’t mention Andrew McNeill he not only commented on my last couple of posts here, he also gave me a mention at his place and on Microsoft blogs Canada yesterday, and left a couple of links at JobSyntax as well. Thank you Andrew for all the kudos!!
One of the things I love about blogging, is I find that despite feeling like the ‘only one’ this stuff happens to, I’m not. That there are many, many folks out there dealing with these same kinds of decisions every single day. They may not all be contractors, but they have to make career decisions regardless.
I hope that something in all of this helps you the next time you’re struggling with a decision about a job change.
As always, thanks for stopping by… If anything strikes a cord, leave me a comment so I’ll know!
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