Friday, June 13, 2008

Burnout

A more personal post today, since there's a lot going on in my job search.

My week has been filled with interviews, particularly phone follow ups and an in-person interview at Hoop Jumping Inc. They appear to be close to an offer, and I'm a little stressed that they're forcing my hand.

I have unsuccessfully tried to reach Corp Theatre (my top choice) to discuss this with them.

Charity House is still in the beginning of their search, so they have moved to third place on my list.

Each place has its own pros and cons: HJI is a start-up and I'd get to really make my mark on the place and build a great development program. On the other hand, it's a hectic work pace, and there would be a lot of new terrain to cover, without structure.

Corp Theatre is a place I'm intricately connected to in many ways (alumni connections, professional associations, personal connections...) and it's a place that I love the mission of and would really enjoy being a part of. I really clicked with the person that I would be reporting to. On the other hand, I've heard from some people that it can be a snake pit, and its Development Office has had a complete turnover in the past two years.

Charity House would involve the most writing and marketing, and it has a long-term group of staff and a very involved board. However, I don't know if they'll move quickly enough, and I know that their particular niche has some stiff local competition.

And so, we'll see where all of this goes. In the meanwhile, I'm a little tired of having to be so "on" all week (yes, I know, when you work a job, you have to be "on" all the time; it's just harder when you're doing so to please so many different people). My plans for the weekend include watching Michael Clayton, having dinner with my folks and in-laws at Smith and Wollensky, and taking Charlemagne to the vet for a rabies shot. Hopefully I'll be ready for Monday.

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