Saturday, June 16, 2007

You are better than second-best

Ms. Write's Guide to Freelance Life Lesson Three

Don't Settle for Second-Best

One time when I was hired, the city editor told me, "Well, our first choice turned us down, so now we're offering you the job." And I took it. It was a huge mistake.

The hiring editor's attitude never changed and I never felt like I got out from under that "second-best" label. If an editor or employer isn't gung-ho about having you on their team, it's not worth it. Only go somewhere that wants you and is willing to work a little to get you.

I know sometimes you need to make money, but you should never stay in a job that doesn't appreciate or honor you. People wanting you aboard versus tolerating your credentials is a whole different world. You don't have to make it harder on yourself. Don't talk yourself into it by thinking of the prestige or the pay. It will never be enough in the long run -- for them and for you.

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