I’m Going To Pat Myself on the Back and Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day!

So, I was offered a job today, asked to start ASAP, with a salary that had me saying, yes yes yes! That’s good news.

Add that this is National Chocolate Cake Day and we have what’s looking like a winner of a Wednesday.

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Photo via Martha Stewart Instagram
After the offer I said to the hiring person that I’d like a day to review. I think they were surprised, especially given that I was called in to interview for a job that they feel is tailored specifically to my talents.

On the drive home, a good thirty minutes, I really thought and thought. I plan to say thanks but no thanks. It’s really flattering to be offered a job right out of the gate but in my heart of hearts I don’t think this job is the RIGHT job.

My thought process left Mr. EOS scratching his head – you know, he comes from the old bird in the hand adage, but I said that the first job offer gave me the confidence to go for a position that excites me about going to work every day. Where there’s a challenge. Where I might learn something new. Where I can grow with a company and stay for a while.

Applying for any job is a total crap shoot. Who reads the letters. How you are perceived in the first sentence can make or break whether your application gets shredded or in a pile for call backs. But what I do know is I saw strong women my whole life, so I know I’m not afraid to forge ahead.

Now, the real question: Do I need a fork to dive into the chocolate cake?? 🙂

I feel accomplished and excited. Tomorrow and Friday, NYC, so stand by for non-job related posts for a bit. Phew, right?

17 thoughts on “I’m Going To Pat Myself on the Back and Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day!

  1. Real question: use a spoon since chocolate cake goes well with vanilla ice cream and you can’t eat ice cream with a fork, or no utensils!

    I’m in the bird in hand camp. This economy is horrible and the fact that you got offered a job at your first try says to me you should take it. I hear what u r saying re liking the job and the commute, but there’s no way of knowing if anyone else will find your age a plus. You are gambling. Good luck.

    1. Is that you mom?? 😁😳
      Your points are well taken. I realize it’s frivolous of me to turn down a solid offer but I’m a happy person who likes to be around happy productive people all day. It’s not just about the money (although it is).

      I’m sure you’ll get the last laugh when no one else replies to my application or laughs at my age, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.

  2. Think for a moment about what would make the job you were offered the ‘right’ job. Sounds like they created one especially for you. Share your concerns while expressing genuine interest. In other words, don’t decline right away. Accommodations might be made. The person they hired for the other job may not work out and they’ll want you to step in, step up, whatever.

    if I were in your shoes, I’d take the job. You’ll always wonder what if, otherwise.

    Real money? Real benefits? Nothing to sneeze at.

  3. On second thought- there’s that Mt Kisco job possibility. Wow. I’m impressed. However you described your skill set ( cool term, by the way) it’s putting you at the top of the pile.

    Whatever you end up doing, you have an awful lot of readers who don’t want to be abandoned when you go off to the corporate world in your power suit carrying your Prada briefcase.

  4. Congratulations on your bone fide offer!
    Brings to mind a few mangled aphorisms for you to ruminate:

    Be careful what you wish for…
    Lightning doesn’t strike twice…
    A bird in the hand…(nod to Mr.E)

    I know about a dozen talented media professional careerists who lost their positions at Conde Nast, Time-Life, ICM, ABC, NBC, CNN and other cable outlets while in their 40’s and early 50’s.
    NONE of them, with the exception of the youngest, have been successful to secure comparable jobs ever again. After years of interviews some have wound up as woefully underpaid adjunct profs at NYU, Columbia or CCNY. One, an Oxford PhD, even became a Russian translator at the United Nations. They all thought unemployment would be a temporary situation…

    My free and worthless advice would be to take the offered job. Show up and try it out.
    Suck up the commute. You still get to take your winter trip to the Caribbean island, right?

    And, you might discover that you are up to the Monday-Friday gig grind, and meanwhile develop some new marketable skills and contacts.

    It is far more likely that you will be hired for your “dream job” ONLY after you already have demonstrated that you have been a viable workplace commodity in the current century.

    Go for it!

    Personally, I love working. You should try it out…ca$h flow+$pending+$aving!!!!

    1. If you know anything about me after reading my blog for five years it’s that I’m far from conventional. The job offered to me today was strictly office conventional. I’d be reporting to one man, responsible singularly to his tasks for me, and wouldn’t really be experiencing anything near to what I want for my first paycheck.

      I’m not looking for a dream job too – I had that when I worked for TV Guide. The Best. Job. Ever. But what I do want is a job where there is interaction with many employees, where there’s a team on which I can play, where I can offer my expertise and learn from others.

      The job I plan to turn down (yes, read it and weep) is isolating both in its locality and in its opportunity for working in a social environment (and by social I mean mentally social, not partying til dawn).

      Perhaps its dumb of me to not see all that you do in the merits of accepting today’s offer, but as the new kid to the world of paychecks, I am going to hold out for a less conventional working environment.

      1. Oh oh, I m so sorry the job is a conventional office type position. I hadn’t read that before I replied to Cos Cob’s comments. That job is a tad beneath your talents. A big tad. Had you known the nature of the position before you showed up today I think you would have declined the interview.

        Under these circumstances, saying no is the right answer.

  5. CC’s observation that your dream job will come only after you have a track record is spot on. You have to start somewhere. Might as well be with an outfit that really wants you.

    I hope you go for it.

  6. Never discount the time the commute will take out of your day. (Groan.) ESPECIALLY if you are as concerned about Dawg as I think you will be …. Your gut instinct to decline offer sounds right to me.

  7. Smart of you to request a day to think about it. Also smart of you to recognize that the job offered does not involve meaningful social interaction–a component that some people don’t realize they care about until it’s too late.

    Reading the mixed emotions in your posts these past few days, and assuming that you’re not suddenly dealing with financial desperation, I’d think you should probably decline this job.

    On the other hand, I will always remember a bumper sticker I saw that said “Why do you think they call it WORK.” Contrary to magazine myths, only a very few very lucky folks find deep fulfillment in their means of making a living.

    Getting an offer so quickly is genuinely impressive (I’m sincere here), but it has also served to jolt you into realizing the trade-offs involved. Bottom line, you’re now in the weird zone of needing to both trust your gut and reeducate your gut at the same time. No fun. But, still, trust your gut.

    1. The only part of work that I haven’t experienced is a paycheck. I’ve volunteered in so many high-responsibility positions it’s like running a small company. I’m fluent in delegating, managing, orchestrating, budgeting, planning etc etc. So, when it comes to selecting a paying job, I know where my strengths would fit and it’s not being isolated working for one CEO.
      No response yesterday from the Mount Kisco job application but I know my decision to say no to job one is right.
      Onward!

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