I haven’t blogged for awhile now, but after a reader asked what ever happened in my job search I decided to write again.
I worked part time at Best Buy for almost exactly one year. Although I enjoyed the opportunity to do some freelance work to supplement my regular pay, it wasn’t steady enough nor was it lucrative enough for me to continue doing that long term. The affinity marketing work I had done from July through February also dried up for a period of time, and the work I was doing my last few months there wasn’t in line with my career goals.
In July of 2012 I started a new contract at U.S. Bank as a content strategist. This was full time with a much higher hourly rate, and I fit in really well with the content strategy team and with the online banking team I was a part of. Effective January 24 I became a full time employee of U.S. Bank in a lead content strategist role. It’s nice to have health benefits (I could write a lengthy blog about my health insurance experience once COBRA ran out) and I like being paid for holidays and days off. It’s a relief to be an employee, but I am very grateful for the opportunity to do the contract work that saw me through a two year long transition.
I think that older workers need to be willing to do contract work. Many companies are hesitant to hire older workers without having them come on as contractors first. Once they see that you’re a good worker and a good fit with the company some of the concerns don’t seem to important. It’s also a good chance for you to check them out.