1.08.2008

job news

Good news: my weekend job was just made permanent.

This is the firm that offered me a raise and promotion, then withdrew the offer, then made another offer of more work for less money.

This week they offered me the same job (my current position) on the same terms, but as a permanent, rather than contract, employee.

In the practical sense, not much changes - I don't work enough hours to be eligible for benefits - but increased job security is a good thing. I've also been doing some legal transcription at home to fill in extra income, and the combination has been working out well.

Looking back through wmtc posts labeled "my working life," I'm reminded that I was hoping to get work as a private ESL tutor or editing university students' term papers. Neither of those things have happened.

The problem with those options is the lack of an accessible, steady stream of work to tap into. If I can't find a steady source - and if it's very time-consuming and competitive to get the work in the first place - the usefulness as a support for my writing life greatly diminishes. And after my adventure with the notetaking work - investing so much time and effort, only to abandon it - a steady, easy, predictable income-earning routine feels very important.

9 comments:

James said...

There's a lot to be said for job security!

My brother is in the Toronto movie business, and with the Canadian dollar so strong against the US -- combined with the WGA strike -- his job prospects dried up completely after he finished working on The Incredible Hulk.

Fortunately, his background is architecture, so he can always fall back on contract work in that field when he needs to.

Contract work where you have to spend a lot of unpaid time hunting down new contracts has to pay really well to be worthwhile.

L-girl said...

Contract work where you have to spend a lot of unpaid time hunting down new contracts has to pay really well to be worthwhile.

Absolutely. And since I already spend quite a lot of unpaid time trying to get writing assignments - querying magazines, writing book proposals and such - it's very dispiriting to do the same on the strictly income-earning side of my life.

And you're right, there is a lot to be said for job security. In these large firms, and with my skills, once I'm hired, I'm set until/unless I decide to leave. (The dissolution of the first Toronto firm I worked for was a rare exception, fortunately!)

s1c said...

Kudos for you!!!

L-girl said...

Thanks s1c! :)

TheIronist said...

Congrats on the full time position. I know how hard it can be getting full time positions up here. I worked contracts for the better part of my time up here (almost 6 years). Of course the work was with the NDP so I loved it, and the party kept me fairly busy with not too many hiatuses between contracts.

And now I work on Parliament Hill full time and all is well with the world, as it no doubt soon will be wih you.

L-girl said...

Thank you for the congrats!

It's not a full-time position. Fortunately I don't have to work at my day-job full time, so I have time for my writing career.

My partner and I have both been very lucky - we haven't had a hard time finding work at all. There are always jobs in our field.

I was looking for a very specific type of position, on weekends, and there tend to be very few of those, so that was a problem for a while. If I had wanted to work full time, Mon-Fri, 9-5, I would have had my pick of jobs.

L-girl said...

TheIronist, are you the same person as TheIronist3? Are there three of you?

TheIronist said...

Yes, L-Girl,

We're the same person. Didn't know that I had two accounts until you pointed it out to me. Interesting.

Amy said...

Good news, Laura. There certainly is a lot to say for job security (says the tenured professor!).