@guenna77 Right on. If a manager actually tells you that “the marketplace is unfair” and maintains that a new hire with no experience is worth the same to the company as you are, you should get out with the quickness. Those are the words of a company that will never truly value or understand your contributions as much as they should. If you start applying to jobs, you very well may end up at another company with just as despicable a view of its people, but you’ll probably also be making 5-10% more from the start just by virtue of being a new hire over there. Walking away happy during your negotiation is important, but your happiness can dissipate rapidly when you get info like this.
I live in DC and haven't found this that annoying, simply because I rarely go to the places where I can't make reservations. In principle I hate it, but there are too many good reservation-friendly restaurants to get heartburn about this trend...so far. Alternately, I go to the places that don't take them during what I know are the okay times; e.g., if I want Daikaya, I know we need to get there before 6:15 Monday-Thursday, and that we should just go to Mandu instead if it's the weekend.
I still subscribe, quite happily. Live sports are one big reason, as many of the games that qualify as Must Watch for me land on the ESPN family of networks. HBO is another reason. They produce enough quality material year-round that I'm always glad to have it. The depth of quality on TV is the last reason. Yes, I could buy all the non-HBO shows I like individually, but there are enough tremendous ones out there now that I'd be spending a fair bit of the budget on those shows. And yeah, I could get all this stuff illegally with relative ease, but that's kind of a cop-out of a response.
Great piece--but Judah, don't pay for it all in cash! If you have a good job and good credit, you can probably get some of it financed at a great rate through a local credit union. Like, 3-4% interest, which over the life of, say, a $10,000/3-year auto loan, would would come out to about $700-800. It is totally worth that small amount of "good debt" to keep cash on hand in case of emergencies or Other Things. Of course, you've already sold the stock, so my next advice of "invest the rest somewhere!" seems a little late to the game. And if you have money saved up besides your 10k and stock sale, then you're not draining your reserves.
The internet (and personal, unmonitored smartphones in particular!) have also made the 9-5 office job quite different. Just look at the timestamps on this site, among others, to see when comment traffic is highest. In my experience, more and more people have adopted the freelancer's "however long it takes me" perspective, even on the 9-to-5 grind--if they can, of course. I'm reading a Billfold article at 3:35, and I don't really feel bad about it because I did what I had to do today, and my corporate masters are often terrible, and this site is educational, and whatever other justification I choose. This also speaks to something that's been touched on in a few pieces here: that the productivity multipliers of modern technology have made today's 40-hour office work week massively more efficient than, say, the 40-hour work week of 1980. That makes it extra-sad that real wages in many industries have dropped since then. Or maybe not, since it's 3:35 and I'm commenting on a Billfold article.
Legit LOL at the Takoma Park people. Only in Takoma Park. You guys hit the DC market at just the right time--as I'm sure you know, given the whole UrbanTurf thing (woo UrbanTurf!). I remember reading that article back when you published it, thinking "I could do this!" and then not doing it. Whoops.
@garli Writing proposals for government contracts. Do you like 70-hour weeks, occasional 24-hour shifts without sleep, and only having limited control over your success because another company can just underbid you and that's that? Have I got the field for you! Good money, but the frustrations weren't worth it.
@Carmen Aiken@facebook Gross. My wife and I have both looked for jobs recently, but they've all been relatively local and thus wouldn't have the relocation issue in the first place.
@garli I get 2-3 job offers on LinkedIn every months, because I have experience and skill and the right geographic location for a particular field in which I NEVER WANT TO WORK AGAIN. So I politely decline them all, and say "if you find yourself with any openings in this other thing, give me a call!" I have to keep it on my resume because it's half my experience, and it's good experience, but I do sometimes wonder about adding a disclaimer to my About Me to the effect of "DON'T CALL ME NO MORE BECAUSE THAT WAS SOULCRUSHING AND YOU KNOW IT."
Excellent piece, but I'm surprised New Job isn't offering you any relocation. World's Largest D-Bag Move firm! Or are we at a point now where jobs are so competitive that companies don't even bother offering that any more? Yuck.