Monday, February 15, 2010
The Man Who Loves His Job...
Everything about this place was to my favor. Granted, I was only contracted to work there, so I didn't have a taste of all the benefits, but far and away it was the best job I've had in my life. They hired an HR company to look for freelance editors, and that company found me through my profile on Monster.com. That's what cracks me up: my getting this assignment broke all the rules of job searching. You're supposed to network, but I got the gig through someone finding me on Monster. No one's ever hired at the end of the year, but I interviewed just before Christmas and just before the New Year, landing the position and starting work near the end of January.
We dressed in casual clothes, there were pinball machines in the office and a Wii in the break area. The admin were conversational with the employees at every level, and there were several social events the employees ran with each other. I'm willing to accept that my experiences were somewhat limited and rose-tinted, but that's not bad. It's not bad at all that I had a fantastic year working with astonishingly talented and creative people, and that I was getting paid to correct typographical errors, tighten up technique and usage. That was one excellent year for me, and I realize it'll be highly unlikely I'll ever find anything that ideal again. I knew that when I was in the middle of it, and I'm grateful for having been involved at all.