Places I Want to Work

I have received a number of hits on this site from .jp domains. It is always fun to see who visits any of my sites. I suppose I am like many site owners and am somewhat obsessed with referrer logs.

But seeing the .jp got me thinking about where I want to work.

Right now I live in Illinois. I believe that living here is affecting my ability to get hired on the West Coast, or anywhere beside Illinois for that matter. I don’t think the economy is good enough to the point where a company can’t just step outside its doors, hire the fourth person that walks by, and get a decent employee.

However, given that I know there are companies out there who want the right person and are willing to work for it, I thought I should list some of the places I would like to live. Just in case someone who lives in one of the places listed below has an opening for someone as cute as me. Okay, but I do have other qualities that are good.

Here, in almost no particular order, is the list of places I would love to live and work.

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sevilla, Spain
  • Anywhere, Japan
  • Anchorage, Alaska (but only if I got paid enough to easily afford leaving twice a year at least)

Huh. That’s it? Well, this is just the list of places I would prefer to live and work. It’s always a balance between what the job is, how much it pays, where it’s located, and if the location has good coffee.

I’ve lived in all these places except Japan, so I know my way around. Less so for Lisbon & Sevilla since I spent only a little time there.

3 replies on “Places I Want to Work”

  1. Matt,

    If it’s any consolation, I moved down here to AZ for a job. The looked outward. They wanted me. Now I did have to pay for most of my moving costs, but they got me down here.

    The not good ending to that story is I left there – but then I found a much better job here in the desert.

    I don’t know enough about the … whatever I call it that you do… job market, but it seems EXTREMELY competitive. More so than journalism even.

    I also admire your willingness to talk freely about interview experiences, but I would caution against it. Yep, it would be cool to find an employer who reads this site and goes, yeah, that’s what I want – someone who challenges but does not undermine authority.

    But in doing so you are limiting your potential employer range. When I was hiring for reporters – I googled their ass. I’m the kind of freak who WOULD have been interested and slightly impressed by outspokenness (within reason – no politics for a reporter position).

    But I am not typical. People who hire have to be cautious, have to not not take too many risks. Have to look for competency over firebrand.

    my two cents. – temple

  2. You make a very good point, Temple.

    I always err (if it is an err) on the side of honesty. Much like when people ask me how it is going. I tell them. I don’t say, “Fine. You?” I think I make the mistake of thinking they really want to know, but most people don’t. So I have changed that habit.

    Right now I am in a position that limiting my employer range is okay. I don’t like that this openness does limit me, but I think you are right about hiring managers needing to be cautious. I actually have a pretty good job right now. I just don’t like the location or the domain.

    As I have said in other posts, I am just not good at spinning. Maybe I need to take a class? :) Well, spinning isn’t the right word. I don’t think of what I do as extraordinary, even though the people I work with are always impressed with what I do.

    This is part experiment. I want to see how it goes. But I definitely appreciate your feedback. I’ve been thinking about it most of yesterday and today (yes I did other things, too:).

  3. Pingback: oldfrapp are

Comments are closed.