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C-Note / May 1, 2007 2:40 PM

My job is tight, and I'm holdin' it down. The business is profitable, growing, no signs of slowing down, and I'm pretty indispensable. I got skills.

blah / May 1, 2007 2:49 PM

Yeah I'm just like C-Note, but times 10!!!!!! I'm so secure with my job position, it hurts! I will never get fired and I make a boatload of cash! Without me, the company falls apart. really!

daruma / May 1, 2007 2:52 PM

I've had the same job for 16 years! My only fear is that something would happen to my boss. Other than that, I'm golden.

ken / May 1, 2007 3:05 PM

My job sucks. I have been a freelance-to-hire for too long now. These people here rely on me like crutch, but keep hiring on losers while stringing me along -


I've got mad skills, so I believe I have landed a stellar position back down in Sunny Naples F***in Florida!!!!!!!!!!!
Just received the news today. I could not be happier.

Ok, my fingers are crossed anyway since it is only about 70% a sealed deal.

spook / May 1, 2007 3:10 PM

Long as I play the game, I should be good for three and a half years, give or take. But this is just a means to another end, son.

p / May 1, 2007 3:21 PM

1. Temporary
2. No
3. Yes

I have resumes and references ready for anyone currently interviewing...

I can and will provide any additional non-pertinent info you deem necessary as well, down to my affinity for home-made hot sauces and my ability to swim quickly.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Thank You,

absent-minded / May 1, 2007 3:36 PM

I'm a junior professor. If I publish a brilliant book in the next six years, I'll have job security for life; if I don't, I'll get fired. At least I know where I stand.

skafiend / May 1, 2007 3:44 PM

I'm a low man on the totem pole, so I can skirt under the wire. Long as Blago is holding on, there are no major changes on the horizon....

paul / May 1, 2007 3:49 PM

I'm freelance, so I worry more about going broke. Although I'm still eating after losing a couple of my biggest clients last year, so I'm not too worried.

I sometimes worry about how many freelance jobs are available when I see job postings requiring five or six additional scripting/programming lanaguages I'm not proficient in, even though they only want 2 years of experience. If you've learned every language there is in 2 years, you deserve to take my jobs away.

G.P. / May 1, 2007 3:54 PM

I could make better money if I worked for a big company downtown, but I've kept the same job for so long because I am afforded a ridiculous amount of autonomy.

I should be more ambitious and crave a higher income, but I'm addicted to my steam-bath-then-cappacino lunch every Friday. I'm not even the boss for God's sake.

laprof / May 1, 2007 5:22 PM

If I knew that I would always have the same number of classes every term, and they'd give me benefits, I'd be happy to continue in my current position(s), since I love what I do. But I'm trying to find a full-time job (that is, one job for one employer) since I just feel too insecure about this situation. But it is so hard to look for a job when you are already working full time, and are overworked.

Mo / May 1, 2007 5:45 PM

I'm at my job strictly for the tuition break for my grad program. My plan is to get out quick after I graduate. But since my degree in no way secures me a position ANYWHERE, I may still be in a lowly job. But it will not be here. BUT, the closer I get to graduating, the sassier I get with the bosses, so who knows. I may get fired before then. :(

Justin / May 1, 2007 8:20 PM


vit / May 1, 2007 10:06 PM

Pretty secure. Being that I'm the only one who seems to somehow be able to put up with the lunatic boss and she's losing staff (and wondering why), I think that I'm okay. Oh, and I was hired before the lunatic boss and am constantly telling her how things are done (but I don't have a PhD and 20+ years of experience, so I don't get to be the lunatic boss, perhaps someday though ;). I'll pass the 5 year mark there this year.

jennifer / May 1, 2007 11:11 PM

oh dear god...I'm a grad student working towards absent-minded's status. that's right, I'm busting my arse TAing, writing 'brillant' papers, and planning field work for this summer. all to see if I can get and hold onto a academic position.

really, not the train of thinking I need in my last three weeks of the semester.

Mikey / May 2, 2007 8:50 AM

Considering that two people in my small department were just fired over the last 48 hours for failing to pass an industry licensing exam (which I aced) by the company-mandated deadline, I'm sitting pretty for now. At least until I screw up...

sol / May 2, 2007 9:18 AM

I'm ok in my job since I'm overqualified and underpaid. Already looking for other stuff, though I'd like to stay at least a year to a) see if they actually do raise the staff base pay and b) make use of that awesome discount on night classes. I'll take French and move to France...and take advantage of their killer job market.

eep / May 2, 2007 9:51 AM

I think I'm okay. There are only 3 of us in my department. One has been here 16 years, another almost 10. I just passed two. So I'm hoping that their years of employment is a good sign for me. Plus, with only three of us they really can't afford to lose us. I hope.

Blagg the Axman / May 2, 2007 10:37 AM

As long as evil pervades this once-fair realm, my job is not finished.

Anne / May 2, 2007 10:52 AM

What a perfectly timed question! I just accepted an offer on Friday for my absolute dream job in Seattle and gave notice at my current job here in Chicago on Monday. I'll be leaving in a few weeks and don't remember when I've been this happy. My current job is good, just not fulfilling, so I'm more than ready to move on. Yeah!

Jill / May 2, 2007 11:19 AM

Even though my dept. is going through a reorganization, it's one of those where they'll probably end up hiring more people down the road, so I'm pretty safe. I get bored a lot though (even though there's a lot of work to do). I'd rather be a writer, so no real incentive to look for a new job--just have to bust my butt writing at night, submitting things, and hoping it pays off some day.

printdude / May 2, 2007 11:23 AM

As president of the Southside Croquet Club, I fear greatly for my job, as my board has brought to us any new members since 1998. While I enjoy the position greatly, I am forced to wonder if my time wouldn't be better spent searching for new employment opportunities.

not telling / May 2, 2007 11:36 AM

It feels a lot more secure these days than it did a few months ago when my boss' boss asked him if I was the right guy for the job. That sounded like knife-sharpening to me. My boss is completely behind me, though. Nonetheless, I took the feedback and re-worked my approach to my group a bit. In the meantime, we've been gaining clients and I've had some opportunities to get face time with them and our exec team. I'm in the clear, I think.
For the sake of my resume, I need to hang out for another year or two. But then...

carrie / May 2, 2007 12:28 PM

Funny you ask now because I'm ready to ponsch things at work. Our ad trafficker is leaving and I'm the only one learning how to do reporting and it seems like my boss has no faith in me. It makes me mad because the only things that I didn't get right yesterday were minor and had no impact on revenue. If he's so concerned, he should learn to do it himself. Someone not having faith in me makes me mad and not want to do it-- I'm not the kind of person who wants to prove them wrong. Have faith in me from the start and things will get done and get done right. That probably sounds bad but it really pisses me off that he's questioning my intelligence when he doesn't even know where to find the reports. The only reason he sees them is because they're emailed.

Draw your own conclusions...

Toni / May 2, 2007 6:26 PM

We just turned in the budget for next fiscal year and while we won't get merit raises, no one is losing their job. For now....(cue ominous music)

Toni / May 2, 2007 6:26 PM

We just turned in the budget for next fiscal year and while we won't get merit raises, no one is losing their job. For now....(cue ominous music)

Brandy / May 2, 2007 8:08 PM

I'm self-employed and my boss is an a-hole.

Nah, I'm 10 years in and comfortable with the waves of working for myself. I've now got my spiel down about my odd job (graphic facilitator). I keep spreading the good word.

Leelah / May 2, 2007 9:58 PM

I love my job.
Though sometimes the powers that be do silly things like ask us to go to Springfield for a rally, then put us on yellow school buses that get us there AFTER the rally is over. So, as it turned out, we drove 4 hours to have a picnic on the lawn of the capitol, then drove 4 hours back.

My students were so great about it all. How could I not love this job?

Having said that, our contract is up soon, and we'll probably get totally screwed.

Frank / May 3, 2007 7:28 AM

I've been doing the temp thing since I got laid off a year or so ago. I am finally in a place that said that they will hire me but that has been said before at other assignments. I still think it might fall apart but that might be just in my head.
All I want is a regular paycheck.

Victoria / July 6, 2007 9:03 AM

Raise your hand if you've been plagued with the proverbial micro-managing supervisor. (My hand's up) A bad manager can take a somewhat tolerable, yet completely mundane job and turn it into absolute torture. I want to buy my supervisor a serious self-help book and leave a nice little resignation written on a post-it note!! But I'm not.....I wrote my resignation on normal size paper taken from the office supply closet.

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