Today Sarah and I devote the bulk of the Best of Both Worlds podcast to my new book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities. We talk through how I came to write this book and her reaction to reading it. We talk through some of the major plot points (without giving too much away!) and how we can learn to “choose well” in our own lives. We hit on whether Riley is a quintessential Millennial, whether she’s an “obliger” (and that’s part of the problem…) and the obligation to push back against impossible expectations.
Then, in the question section, we handle a dilemma from a listener who is jumping back into the traditional workforce after a period of self-employment. She has two job offers (itself a very good thing!) One is her old company, which wanted her back on the same terms and seniority she left. It’s flexible, she has a lot of vacation days, etc. The other company is more unknown, and she’d be new in the ranks, but seems like it has a lot more potential for growth (and excitement). So…what should she do?
We note that job offers are seldom take-it-or-leave-it things. Her responsibility is now to negotiate with each of these organizations to make sure that either job she takes has all of what she wants. Is the unknown offering more money? Time to go back to her old job and mention that she’s going to need to be paid more than she was before. Is the old job offering more vacation? Time to go to the new company and say listen, you need to match this. You are never in a better position than when a company has made you an offer, so be sure to ask for whatever would make it hard for you to say no!
Please let us know what you’d tell our listener. And please do check out Juliet!