Friday, May 18, 2007

This is what crossroads look like...

...and to tell you the truth, I'm not too impressed with any of them.

On the one hand, common sense dictates that I stick on in this job and hope that the situation improves. (Hah! Say that again, this time with a straight face.)

While on the other hand, logic dictates that the work you do only adds up to a decent total that helps you in the future. (As if.)

A third possibility is that this job can be used as a springboard for better opportunities in another newspaper.

And a fourth possibility says that, as always, I'm bored way too quickly and that I'm possibly being an ass all over again.

But how do I quell that small voice in me that says, time and time again, It's your life. Hang on tight and do with it what you will.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Wanted: One good job

Dear Sir/ Madam/ Whatever,
I wish to apply to your organisation in the capacity of News Correspondent. I am currently working in this god-awful organisation called Sakaal Papers that is extracting every inch of blood from me without paying me adequately for my troubles.

Be that as it may, however, I have decided to up my market rate not in terms of the salary I expect, but in terms of designation. I am positively appalled by the numerous ghouls and silly-billies who are strutting around as Senior Correspondents and Special Correspondents without doing a single thing to prove that they deserve the designation.

Hence, if they can be promoted to an exalted Senior status, I believe so can I. Not only have I been doing stories to prove that I have some modicum of brains, I have the attitude and airs that can match a hike in position. Think about it.

Besides, if you're looking for biting sarcasm, a decent ability to not mince words, a halfway-there news sense and the brains to spot a news story from a distance of 100 metres or more of it happening, I'm your man.

And oh yes, the salary. I am not willing to negotiate with you on this. What I ask is what I expect to get. Not that it matters to you much, but I have a million plans that are not being fulfilled with the money I'm making right now.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully and all that.

p.s.: No, you're not sitting on my application, as you are guys are wont to do. If you're reading this right now, call me the next minute.