Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
The first case was a client, “Susan,” that was laid off in November of 2013. Fortunately, she was forward-thinking and had seen the writing on the wall, so when she reached out for negotiation help, she already had her next job lined up. But looking back at our timeline, it’s a little bit disturbing:
On March 7, things got REALLY interesting. She was in a crowded restaurant and overheard her name mentioned at a table nearby. She elbowed her husband to shush and listen in, and it ended up being someone in management at the company she was interviewing at. They were complaining that, because their company took so long to hire people, they always lost good candidates. It had become a topic of public conversation!
On March 10, she received a verbal offer. But we all know what that’s worth, right?
It wasn’t until March 22 – about FOUR MONTHS from her initial interviews – that she finally signed an official, written offer. Insane.