[SFPCN] Seeking Feedback on 2-page Editing Sample

From: Rauhmel Fox, CEO, W.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:37 AM
Dear Claudia:

I support individuals in gaining clarity about career and life direction; making self-discoveries; coping with the challenge of transition; and sustaining change.

Let's begin with common ground.

"Under the First Amendment there is no such thing as a false idea. However pernicious an opinion may seem, we depend for its correction not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas." Justice Lewis Powell.

This means responses to your concern may be based on logic and "common sense" or sentimental values primarily to avoid your reliance on advice rather than empirical evidence or a creative presentation of seminal knowledge.

The authors, Al Ries and Jack Trout, believe the strategy to be successful involves "finding a horse to ride," and speculate about the odds of achieving your dreams through employment. The odds aren't that great. Why?

One reason, in any employer-employee relationship, "it is necessary to restrain the individual somewhat, as the right of an individual, in any community, to do what he pleases, is incompatible with the interests of the whole." Preface, Robert's Rules of Order.

The amount of employment offer suggests to me you are not being recruited or sought after by a United States Employer for a specific set of bona fide job qualifications. This economy is not affecting people with significant holdings.  Forget a reality check. Hedge fund manager David Tepper's "ATM receipt" showing more than $99 million in a savings is proof of this. He suffered the indignity of paying a stiff $4 to withdraw $400 in cash from an ATM out of his network.

The tone of your communication and the singular focus on wages and salary reveals more about your economic situation and financial obligations than the relative merits about the occupation or the stability of the company.

Before you decline any position, evaluate if the opportunity aligns with your strategy then decide if you want to increase your withholding allowance pursuant to Title 26 CFR[masked](m)-1(a) to use the funds for legitimate activities. Buy a rental income property, start a company, create a 501(c)(3) organization, or hire others to work for you while do your job at at a 37% loss.

There is a necessary correction happening in the job market. People want to know where the jobs are?! They are gone. Butterflies don't ask where are the cocoons. They learn their new abilities and fly away. Jobs of tomorrow don't exist yet. The better question to ask is what are the new and emerging occupations? Maybe you are one of the thought leaders and can pole vault from behind to the front?

I read through the responses and no one has indicated their support structure, financials or their living environment meaning no two situations are alike.  If you have fluid assets, you can pick and choose the jobs you want.

As an employer, I reversed the processed. We don't offer traditional jobs. We offer access to investors (my executive staff) for top talent to pitch their ideas that will earn revenue.  Additionally, prospective hires get to name their occupational title and negotiate the percentage they want in remuneration.

If you don't have a strategy, I invite you to call me at[masked]-6767.







On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, kalpana <[address removed]> wrote:
> Rick,
> I like your advice, I struggle with the same issue, if you can refuse a low paying job then you should.  Sometime you can not afford to and in that case keep looking.  A decent employer will give a reasonable amount. 
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> Subject: Re: [SFPCN] Seeking Feedback on 2-page Editing Sample
> Date: Tue, 26 Jul[masked]:01:35 -0400
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> Hi Claudia,
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> That is a very tough question.  Some people will suggest that you take the job and keep looking.  I tend NOT to agree with that.  I mean, of course we all keep looking to some extent, but if you decide to take a job, you likely will only be happy if you truly plan to TAKE it and keep it.
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> So you have to look at the total compensation, not just the paycheck, but the non-financials.  How do you like the company?  How do you like the position?  How do you like the people?  How do you like the commute?  What are the prospects for advancement or more pay in the future?  And how happy will you be if you go back to work compared to how unhappy you will be going to work each day feeling taken advantage of?
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> This last one is the critical question for me.  The economy is poor, so lower salary offers are not unreasonable.  However, 37% is a big drop, and you have to decide whether or not they are being "reasonable".  If they are low balling you just because they can, then personally I would not accept it, because you will never be treated like you deserve.  On the other hand, if they are paying a low salary because the company legitimately has only so much money, or because the future potential pay off in equity is there, or because the job itself is simply below your previous level and they are graciously not penalizing you for being over qualified, then you need to consider this as legitimate.
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> The only other question is finances.  Can you live on the lower pay?  By the same token, can you continue to live without a paycheck as you keep looking.
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> My advice is determine whether they are being legitimate in the offer, and if so, decide if you like the company and position and people enough and can survive on the income, and if so, then take it.  If not, on either of the above questions, then politely turn them down.  By the way, I did just that.  I was offered a position at 65% cut with no legitimate rationale, and I politely told them this does not make sense in my plans and wished them luck.
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> Good luck,
> Rick
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> Claudia Thomas wrote:
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> Hello Everyone,
> What are your thoughts about a job offer that is 37% lower than what you made before.  I am very torn about taking this job.  It is 30K less.
> Thanks...Claudia
> On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM, Owen <[address removed]> wrote:
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> Greetings,
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> I'm seeking some advice on a 2-page editing sample I've done for a translation company. (I'm hoping I'll get an interview with the company next week.) I'd like to meet with someone tomorrow or Sat. in SF to go over my copy editing changes (the content is medical-related). If you have worked as a project manager/copy editor for a translation company or as a general copy editor, I'd love to meet with you Fri. or Sat. Thank you.
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