1. That’s how it should be

  2. Yes! I feel like when we first come out of school we pretty much scream “take me, take me!” to any employer.

    Then when we gain experience, we ought to step back and re-evaluate to see if we’re actually on the path that’s right for us.

    Vanessa
    modernflourish.com

  3. Emma says...

    Yup, those first few jobs: desperate, needing money and skill. After a few years, when you really learn a craft: you start interviewing THEM!

  4. Ahhh, I love this cartoon. It’s so simple but it really does have a big message behind it – It’s the same approach that I’ve been trying to take to my new job at the moment which has made a huge impact. It’s made me feel a lot more positive about it. I truly believe that if you go into a situation with a positive mind set and expect the absolute best to happen, it has higher chances of going well.

    Have a great weekend :)

  5. Maria says...

    ?????? that’s the way to think!

  6. Carolyn says...

    I can totally relate to this cartoon even though I’m only on my second job and have been in the workforce for a few years. When I first graduated from college, I just wanted to be employed. I applied to all sorts of jobs thinking I was qualified. Finally got a job and it wasn’t a good fit for me. I didn’t like the work or the people. Second time on the job hunt I was only going to take a job that fit certain criteria. I felt like I had a much better idea of what kind of workplace I needed to thrive. With that mindset, I found a job much better suited to what I wanted and I’m much happier.

  7. Brigid Harmon says...

    Feeling this SO HARD. My husband and I left NYC (my hometown) in March 2016 because the jobs we had/ cost of living/lack of opportunity didn’t work for our life anymore. We went to NM to stay with some family and I thought I would find a nice, fine job in some smaller city. After 25 + interviews in a year (a few processes that went on for 5+ months and included 3 or more interviews) I got a not great (financially) offer for a city that we were not keen on/ that would have been super expensive/ would have offered my husband very little opportunity. So I declined and we moved to LA, which in theory had a lot of opportunity for both of us (my husband builds/repairs guitars). It has been a very trying few months since we arrived. And now my perfect job seems to be open back in NYC. Life/work balance and professional satisfaction are so hard sometimes.

    • Oh I feel all of this. We’re looking to escape a very expensive city (SF) as well . It would be nice to be closer to family and friends but there aren’t a lot of opportunities in those places. We’re hoping to find a compromise but relocating is a daunting task!

  8. Diana McNeill says...

    This post (as is the case with most of your posts lately) hits close to home. Thank you for sharing. I love Mari’s illustrations.

  9. Laana says...

    Please never stop posting Mari’s illustrations. Love ’em all!

  10. Marni says...

    Great to remember. SOmetimes I try to sell myself so much, I forget that I can also choose if the job is a fit for me too.

  11. Mimi says...

    I love this. I am in the middle of a career crisis and this illustration is EXACTLY how I am feeling.

  12. Kristina says...

    Love this one – it’s so true!! I just started a job three months ago that looked great on paper but is not a good fit at all. Should have listened to my gut feeling after the interview instead of letting them talk me into it! Will start looking for something new very soon. :)

    • brianna says...

      This is so me right now.

  13. krn says...

    ….say people who actually have a choice in the matter….

    • Liz says...

      Agreed. Not everyone is privileged in this way. I wish COJ would address socioeconomic diversity more often.

    • My thoughts exactly. I mean, it *should* be like this, but as someone who has spent all of her career in the recession and its fallout…. yeah. Being able to think like that is a bit of a luxury I will not take for granted!

    • Mimi says...

      Very true. Thanks for the reminder to not take being able to have a choice (somewhat) for granted.

    • dana says...

      On a similar note– I’d be interested in reading more about people in different socioeconomic situations– people with differing amounts of education and income and other circumstances. How do they handle money? Debt? Student Loan Debt? Lifestyle? Career choices? Planning for the future? Etc.

      Similar to Refinery 29’s money diaries, but different in that it would be an opportunity to delve a little bit deeper.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, this is smart, thoughtful feedback. and dana, yes!!! awesome idea. we are actually putting together on a series about money, and we will be kicking it off in the fall — we’ll be interviewing different people in different situations. thank you again for your feedback and intelligence as always!

  14. Alice says...

    I have a job interview in an hour. This is a great reminder that it should be a two-way evaluation!

    • Good luck! Don’t forget you get to interview them too!

  15. brianna says...

    Yep.

  16. This is excellent. After many years of building my career I finally went from “I hope they hire me,” to “Do I want to work here?” We spend so much of our lives at work, we should all have a position that is a good fit for us. Sometimes we just need a job to make ends meet but when we can get to that next level of choosing a job that’s best for us, well, that is a good place to be.

  17. Johanna says...

    So true.