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Happy Phantom is doing 37 things including…

Become Executive Director of a non-profit

29 cheers


Happy Phantom has written 19 entries about this goal

Didn't get the job

Nice form letter. It was an honor just to be interviewed for a job that would have doubled my salary. Damn it. It’s a catch 22. I can’t get a job that requires me to supervise anyone because I don’t supervise anyone. Hello. Could someone give me a chance?

OMG I want this job

Had the interview today. It is PERFECT for me. I think the interview went really well. What strange questions. “So, what do you think is the most important characteristic of a good leader?” WTF? BLANK. It’s so hard when you’re put on the spot. But I still think it went well. But I do think they want me to have more supervisory experience. I just don’t get that opportunity in a small non-profit.

Hopefully I will know by next week. I WANT IT.

Job interview

So I sent my resume in for a Director position at an agency that works to increase Medicaid enrollment. I got an interview!!!!

And it would be a ginormous raise. Interview is on Wednesday. I feel honored just to get the interview. We’re talking a $30,000 raise. So it feels a bit out of my league. But I’m not going to undervalue myself. I know I can do it. It’s just whether another candidate can do it better.

Cros your fingers for me!


I am officially an “Associate Director” for 2008. What does that mean? Well, it doesn’t mean a raise, nor does it mean I actually supervise anyone. So why am I so excited?

Interview on July 3

I got a call from the Department of Health. Apparently, I sent them a resume for a position of Program Coordinator or something. I don’t remember at all. I can’t find a cover letter. What the heck though, right?

My mentor gave me advice that the best thing I can do to become an ED is to work from the inside for a little while. So we’ll see. This position might pay better and have state benefits which totally rock.

I’ll see if I can do some research on this position before I head into the interview.

Appointments Office

I am submitting my resume to the NYS Appointments Office. No sense hoping they know who I am already. I’ve just worked on it an printed. I’ll drop it off on the 2nd floor tomorrow.

For those of you unaware of the mystique of the “2nd floor,” it is the floor the Governor and his key staff occupy at the State Capitol. Strangely, for the past 12 years, it was inaccessible to the public. Today, you can go visit whenever you want. I figure if I walk it over, I’ll put my face to it.

If anyone from Governor Spitzer’s team reads 43Things…

I want this sooooooo badly.

I decided

not to pursue the position. I called and let him know. Ugh. I hope I don’t regret it.

My boss

is an awesome mentor. I went to her today to discuss the job opportunity. I was able to ask her, as my mentor, to give advice on this. She has been helping me gain the skills to become an executive director.

We discussed the job opportunity, some of the specifics and some of the experiences she believes I will need to become an ED.

She said that no matter what I decide, the organization would get by and I should go with her blessing if I choose.

In the end, I think I am strongly leaning toward declining the position and waiting for something better that will give me the experience I will need. Particularly, we discussed a position in government. Now THAT is something I could get excited about.

Still, I am going to sit on this and not make a decision until Sunday.

So tempting

The interview went extremely well. I mean, I was pretty much offered the job. And it could be quite a big raise. But it’s more complicated than that.

First note that I love my job and the people I work with. I have profound respect for it all. I just want to make more money.

Second, note that I have have made very large commitments in my job, through the end of March. Considering the first note, leaving on this note without fulfilling those commitments would lay heavy on my mind for a very long time.

Third, note that they want someone who can start right away. Two weeks notice.

This new job would be interesting, but it’s not EXACTLY what I want to be doing. I love the cause and I like the people I would be working with. It probably would not measure up to my current level of satisfaction and experience.

What I am going to do is talk to my boss tomorrow before I make a decision to continue the interview process. She already knows I am looking. So I might as well lay it out there for her and see what she thinks. OF course, she’s going to say things to try to get me to stay, but, she does know I am looking. It’s probably worth a listen. I trust her judgment.

THAT is going to be a tough conversation though. I just hope I don’t cry. I tend to do that.

Interview tomorrow

I have a scheduled interview. I have no idea how this is going to go. This my be a tough decision. I love my job so much and I love my co-workers. Unfortunately, I really need to be making more money in order to reach some of my personal life goals. I do not know if they can offer me a competitive salary. That’s the thing with non-profits, it’s all about resources. They can’t all offer good salaries and benefits. But, I am certain I will find out tomorrow!

Happy Phantom has gotten 29 cheers on this goal.


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