Adventures in Bargaining

Hello ‘Pressers. And now for a word from the job-hunt front:

I believe last you heard, I was preparing to take on a full-time position as a social media marketing/PR coordinator. An emerging brand of home and kitchen appliances brought me on to create and coordinate their online campaign, handle customer PR, and appear at trade show events with some integrated sales.

After the one-month trial run, I sat down with the owner to discuss permanent, full-time employment. Here’s the deal: they wanted a dedicated 40 hours a week for an “insultingly low” salary (as my friend put it) with no benefits or stock options at that time or in the foreseeable future. The owner would not budge on the rate or the hours, so I had to decline, but not after having my work ability questioned.

I shouldn’t have let it shake me as much as it did. It took way too much time to realize I was way too good for that – getting paid next-to-nothing to work for a company with a vague idea of what they’re selling and shoddy marketing strategy where I was the best English-speaker. Had I remained with the company, I would have had busted my ass to create a convincing image of quality and style with little to no recognition or compensation.

A wise man told me to never work for free. I had to re-evaluate my basic worth as an employee and I am no bargain-basement monkey-for-hire.

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