What You Deserve

6084397625_d4fd382960_nOne of my favorite twitter accounts to follow is @forexposure. Their purpose is to mock the idea that creative professionals should be expected to work for nothing but “exposure”. Considering this idea a mockery in and of itself, they simply repost actual lines from actual job ads without commentary, showing the ludicrous things that people think they can get for free.

Paid employment is a little different simply by virtue of being paid. But that doesn’t mean an employer won’t skimp on things that you as a talented professional deserve. For example: more money, a culture that rewards good ideas and discourages backstabbing, and processes that don’t get in the way of results.

As an employee or hopeful candidate, the idea of a job that suits all or most of your needs can seem like a pipe dream, something that other people like you – which is to say people who aren’t high enough up the food chain to really make a difference – would never be able to fight for. But that’s not true.

This article on Forbes, 10 Ways Companies Drive Away Talent, from Human Workplace’s Liz Ryan shows that a) there are people out there who are aware, and b) they’re not all stuck down in the trenches. It’s calling out the companies who are driving away talent, and it’s worth the read if you yourself are the talent that might be getting driven away.

What you should take away: that, while you want to be open to all opportunities and be careful not to overvalue yourself, you also need to stand up for what’s deserved. Whether that means to stay in a rough job and try and change it from the inside or to look for a better position is up to you. Just be careful not to fall for this idea of that having antagonistic feelings for your workplace is a necessary evil. Yes, there will be better days than others, but if you hate your work all the time, something’s wrong.

Anyway, read the article and be sure to let us know what you think!

(photo by Flickr user Glenn Batuyong used under a Creative Commons License.)

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