Tuesday, March 06, 2007

120 Rule

In my last few posts I have discussed the series of interviews I have had recently with one company. My last interview for the position was today, as I met with their external CPA. From all indications, it sounds like I am their top candidate for the position. It appears they are ready to make a move and a job offer could be coming soon.

When I consider changing jobs, I have what I call my "120 Rule". The 120 Rule means that the new job needs to pay at least 120% of the current job in order for me to consider the move. In my career I have always had the fortune/misfortune of knowing the salaries of everyone in the Accounting/Finance area. This has usually been due to my job responsibilities (payroll, budgeting, etc.). I learned early on that salaries are more a function of when someone joins a company and how they negotiate salary when they join, as opposed to other factors.

Though the series of interviews have gone well, my speech has pretty much been lousy the past week. The worst was Friday afternoon as our department celebrated the filing of our 10-K by leaving work early and having a few drinks. I usually have more trouble with fluency in loud restaurants (I have trouble with the background noise), but this was the worse it had been in a while. I spent the weekend putting more focus and attention to my targets.


Kiri and Campbell's Dad said...

This rule is as good as the half+7 rule.

Rob said...

The 120 Rule gets me in less trouble than the half+7 rule did.

David said...

Hello Rob,

Love the title of this page – poetic and genuine.

120 Rule is a smart approach to jumping ship. Hope that all works out for you.

Let’s talk about the restaurant situation. I’m 31 years old I have an internalized stutter. However, it does escape sometimes, particularly in loud settings. I've had a number of years working in restaurants and bars, through college and a little afterwards. Overtime, I’ve combined different techniques, methods, what have you, to deal constructively and successfully in deafening places. What I tend to do, when I first step into a distracting and loud world full of cacophony, is step into the bathroom. Go into a stall and calm yourself down, with techniques you have acquired over the years - affirmations, mantras, etc. The idea here is to not fall victim to the high energy that comes with noise, but to keep your Zen, to keep composed (sounds weird maybe, but as a person who stutters you must be familiar with calming techniques and talking to yourself in your head.) Next, step back into your group with a calm and collected mind. When addressing the group, focus on one person, the target, while talking, and periodically pause and look at the group to show they are included, if they are included. Then look back at the target to finish up. Also, speak louder than usual. So you can really hear your voice. This is VERY important as a person who stutters, to really hear your voice. And don’t forget to ALWAYS focus on content, not delivery. Hope this helps a little. It’s a tried and true practice for me in loud spaces.

Good luck with your new job and the next step you take into a loud place!