So much so that, reports Lindsay Gellman in The Wall Street Journal, those graduating college have the courage to turn down a job they accepted to take a better offer. So confident are they in their marketability that they are taking on the risk of alienating the organization which made the first offer.
The same phenomenon is happening among Baby Boomers. At least those of us who believe in our professional selves.
We can "afford" to be picky in thr kind of work we select to do. Often the choice is not just based on compensation. There are also the other factors such as learning new skills which are transferable to pitching ourselves for other kinds of assignments. Another important consideration has been how the employer or client/customer treats us.
During a discussion at the Tamara Spiritual Center, Tucson, Arizona, pastor Karen Bock "gave me permission" to stick with clients I like. She understood the pain I had previously experienced from those whom I perceived as nasty. My hunch is that pragmatic Bock wouldn't have framed the situation in that manner had the job market not improved.
In the past two weeks, I have turned down two offers of long-term work.
For one, the compensation was too low.
For another, the chemistry was off-the-chart bad. The company founder explicitly mentioned my age on SKYPE. He observed, "You're older. You are probably my mother's age." SKYPE is a streaming service that does not retain the video content. Therefore, my only way of asserting my dignity was removing myself from consideration. There was no option for reporting this behavior to the EEOC. Where is the evidence, the powers that be would have asked.