One thing I've been feeling as I've gone through this process of finding a job is a strong sense of self worth.
As I've gone through various interviews I've felt that there was much I could offer the companies that I was interviewing for. It was as if I was interviewing THEM, not them interviewing me. And as the process has continued I have come to this self-realization that I have a great deal to offer any prospective employer, and not just in printing. There are skill sets that I have learned from the print environment that could be used in many other professions. And so I often find myself these days thinking "I can do SO MUCH for you!" I don't think it's vanity or arrogance. I think it's a genuine valuation of my capabilities and what I can bring to any place I work in.
But I also find myself not wanting to take just anything: I want to find a place where my skills can be valued, where I'd be given a chance to grow and expand, to contribute, to enhance. It might be that one of these prospective employers might recognize that and hire me. It could also be that I may end up alienating those who've been there, who've set up their way of doing things. Often when you come into a company you are not taken seriously at first. You have to earn their respect and admiration. Yet I know what I bring to the table. And I'm not afraid to comment or bring forth new ideas or new approaches that they may not have thought of before.
And so I have a strong sense of self worth. I believe I'm more valuable than just a dollar figure, or a compensation package. And, yes, maybe it's a bit arrogant to say that I can do things for a company. But I think that it is also that self-confidence that says I'm of value, and I can make a difference. And maybe that's what will guide me to my final decision.