Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Managing Work/Life Balance

The job has gotten to be a bit more intense, and each day the client load continues to grow. With more and more non-profits laying off their own personell they are looking to their vendors to do things that their former employees used. One of these things is to create advertisements, this is an exciting challenge that I do embrace. However, it's hard to devote time to being creative when you're trying to accomdate the multitude of client requests.

Customers right now are hard to please in this economy. They have pressures of their own to generate revenue in the quickest and most efficient way, and the job board industry is one of the last ones to rebound.

Last night we went to dinner with good friends and some new friends. The conversation turned to one of the dinner attendees search for a job, and we discussed some strategies to determine what her best plan of attack would be. I told her that I could help her in her quest because of my new role, and our relationship with various non-profits within her industry.

It's nice to be able to offer assistance, and yet then I have conversations with other friends who are complaining about the lack of "raises." In this economy, for the last several years, many of the places that I have worked for are on hiring freezes, and have not given merit or cost of living raises. The cost of living continues to rise, and we continue to not be rewarded for the work that we are doing. It begs the question, how long can this go on?

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