Sometimes, good news comes when you least expect it. But then you realize, maybe you should have expected it, because you kind of made it happen.
That’s one of the thoughts I had today when I benefited from doing the 12th item on my Single Girl’s Checklist:
#12 – Learn to stand up for yourself.
Or, as I’m learning to think of it: Don’t settle.
I’ve been at this job since the end of August, and while I was loving parts of it, others were not quite what I was looking to do. I was OK with that – not everything is going to be the way I want it. But I was just wishing I could do more of the tasks I enjoy, that I have a background in, and that I want to do in the future.
A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to take a full-time position in the company. Doing the side of the business I didn’t enjoy – the programs side versus the editorial side that I love. When I was asked whether it interested me, I answered honestly: no. It was not the side of the business I wanted to do, I wasn’t enjoying those tasks, and that’s not the direction I wanted to go in my career. I turned it down.
Sure, it could have been easier to just say yes, suck it up, and in the words of Tim Gunn, make it work. But I have settled before, and I didn’t want to do it again. So I said no, and told my supervisor what my career goals were and what I was hoping to see happen.
Today, that came to fruition. It had been a while since there’d been any mention of it all, so I was starting to lose hope. But this afternoon, our editor asked me to come into her office, and there she had an offer letter to bring me on in a full-time capacity as an editorial assistant.
Now, instead of working four days a week, I will be working five. I will be getting a slight pay raise. I will be eligible for “real” full-time status and benefits pending a performance review after 60 days. But that’s not the best part.
The best part is that I will be officially in the editorial department, reporting to the editor. I will be taking on more responsibility and doing the things that I love doing, like when I spent the entire day before Thanksgiving copy editing.
I guess I’ve learned that when you stand up for yourself, don’t settle for less than you deserve, and ask for what you want… well, sometimes you’ll actually get it. I suppose it also doesn’t hurt when you take on more tasks than you probably should to prove your worth.