Re: Jobs.... Benefits...

Subject: Re: Jobs.... Benefits...
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:38:12 -0400

You've received some great advice from others already. What do you do?
I can't answer what you should do, but here's what I'm doing:

I set myself with a higher base rate for contract work. As you know,
medical/dental coverage isn't cheap. I've had to turn away a LOT of
headhunters based on rates, but I haven't regretted it. Working the
numbers showed I would have needed two of these "lowball" contracts to
scrape by. If I'm going to work myself absolutely ragged, I'll do it
without putting my 17+ years of experience and 12+ years of total
career investment to work (perhaps as a landscaper or bartender). The
better paying work I find more than makes up for the ones I've not
pursued, and I still keep the FTE search going.

Best of luck to you!

On Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM, Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:
> I wanted to put out a question. I am getting job offers from the great head
> hunters of the world. I keep telling them I am looking for something local.
> And I sometimes get it.
>
> My real question is that I really am looking for a position with benefits. I
> need medical and dental. I am not used to contract work. And I am not used
> to working without having benefits. My last position was with a company that
> contracted to the company I was working for. And, their benefits were ok.
> But, since I left them, I am finding that it is difficult to find a position
> that will give me benefits. Either for a contractor or direct hire. So far,
> it has only been contract work.
>
> What does one do to find work, contract or perm, that will accommodate
> benefits? Either I increase my fees to cover the medical/dental or they
> offer them? I am getting really discouraged in this new business model. I
> have always been a direct hire and no contract. Now, the new model has me
> confused and upset.
>
> Thanks for any ideas.
>
> --
> Bobby
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