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I was in such an interview where the concern of being flighty came out. I'd
already decided that I probably didn't want the job anyway, so I answered
him this way.
I'm not flighty, my clients are. I have only left two jobs early, the rest I
stayed until the client's work was finished or they ran out of money on the
One that I left was after a year, was boring, didn't pay that well, and was
in a very expensive place to live, so I left like 20 people before me had.
In the second job that I left, the boss was the company's hatchet man, there
to chop any that prevented catching back up with a schedule that was 6
months behind before they started, failed to have direction, and was
impossible to achieve due to a contract with their client that allowed
infinite changes without any money. The boss bullied the women, threatened
the men, and was just an ass to everyone.
So which is this job? One that will be finished, run out of money before
completion, boring to tears, or have an ass for a boss?
I didn't get it.
But a year later, he found out I was available and he requested me. Nine
months later, it proved to be the last three conditions.
I had a boss very long ago scream in frustration at me that I was the most
independent SOB he had ever had work for him. I told him, you made me that
way, Ed. You sent me 7000 miles away with a kiss and a promise, and when I
called in for help later, you didn't even know my name.
Contracting has been a good match for me. If the job is good, I stay. If
not, I leave. I have that confidence since Ed made me independent and I know
jobs are like city buses. If you miss one, there will be another before very
long. And they never stop coming. You just might have to move off the block
you are on to catch one.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2015 8:24 PM
Subject: Re: Resume styles
1. Many TWs have done a succession of short-duration contracts
The underlying concern might be that you'll leave them in the lurch
after a few months if a better job comes up, because you're so, you
know, flighty and unstable. You could say that you enjoyed the variety
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