did something I never thought I would ever do…I discussed the possibility of a job back in Massachusetts with a head hunter – and I didn’t hyperventilate!
For those of you who know me, I am (and have been for > 18 years) soooo happy to be living in the South (or whatever Virginia is!). Having lived in New England/the Northeast US for my first 30 years, I was soooo excited to get out of the cold and 9 months of winter. Virginia has been heaven for me…for many reasons. The terrain is very similar to Massachusetts (rolling hills, urban areas, forests, etc.)…but there is 3 months of winter instead of 9 months. And let me tell you the other 9 months are gorgeous. Spring starts in February and March with flowers and green grass. Summer is hot but everything is air conditioned and everyone is happy. Fall is balmy but brisk with a breeze.
So, it takes a lot for me to even consider it. But… I miss my family. I miss that my kids can’t see their only Grandpa (a consequence of my singleness) except for 3-4 times a year. I want that for them.
On the other hand, I love my job. I have been at this place long enough to have a family of friends, to have (relative) job stability – which means alot for this economy, to have flexibility in my work and hours and to (essentially) have the ability to determine when and where I work and to be able to spend time with my kids, to go to their schools and to show them how special they are.
When this random email came a week ago, I responded to it on a whim. There was little information except that it was in Boston. Today I got a call from the head hunter who told me a “little” more about the position. I felt like I was bargaining from a position of strength so I just laid it on the line…and she didn’t even blink…this included a 50% raise in pay (which I would need if I lived in Boston!).
So…the next step is to wait and see if the company wants to meet with me after she tells them about me and sends my cv. I think this will be interesting few months.