Hi team! Guess what side gig I’ve been doing the past three weeks. I’ve worked just over 100 hours on it so far, I still have maybe 20 hours to go if I’m lucky, and if I’m successful I’ll nab an extra $30,000 (oh my lord) per year.
Hunting. Job hunting. (Say hunting a few more times in your head. That word starts to sound weird real quick.)
It’s definitely shaping up to be the most lucrative side gig ever.
Like I said, I think I’ve spent just over 100 hours on the hunt thus far. In 3 weeks. On 2 prospective jobs. That sounds ridiculous to me, but I hear that’s the norm for some technical interview processes. I’m a data analyst and in the data career world, a lot of places ask you to show off some chops to prove you can handle the job you’re applying for.
I’ve done a programming test, a take home data project, several normal behavioral interviews, and soon I’ll have business case interviews. I also had a really fun phone interview where they asked me questions like
A bag contains 90 red and blue marbles. The ratio of red to blue marbles is 2:7. How many blue marbles are there?
Connie buys cheap sugar for $2 a pound and expensive sugar for $5 a pound. How many pounds of expensive sugar should she mix with one pound of cheap sugar to make a mixture of sugar that’s worth $4 a pound?
Wait, actually, that was only fun in hindsight. While I was on the phone trying to figure these out I sweat so much that right after I hung up and calmed down enough to sniff myself I had to get in the shower.
The take home data project was less fun. It felt a lot like homework. In fact,
it brought me right back to my college days of late night coffee (check out the four mugs I used in a single day in the top photo) and being up past 11 pm. I only wish I had that beautiful, silent college library to do my work in now!
But, I did well enough on all of those preliminary rounds that I just received an email saying they want me back for the FINAL INTERVIEW.
I don’t know what my chances are of being hired after this interview, but I’d say I have a higher than 50% chance. A 50% chance at a $30,000 raise is incredible!
Even if I don’t get this job, a few more interviews with those odds would land me the raise and up my savings rate tremendously in the future. With Mr. Chedda out of work at the moment, that salary bump would get our combined income in line with what it was last year.
In the future, that higher income would be enough for me to support our household of two on my own. I love having that security!
Also, if we have a lil baby cheese and Mr. Chedda stays home to take care of it, I could make that happen with this higher income. It’s a real possibility that wasn’t really open to us before.
The new job would also have more free food, be very accessible by public transportation, and wouldn’t require a dress code any different than what I wear now. It doesn’t sound like I’d have any additional expenses working there instead of at my current office.
In short, the payoff would be significant. Fingers crossed I get the job!
Yeah—should you be job hunting as your side gig?
I was obliviously coasting through my current job without even putting out feelers to see what other jobs and salaries were out there. I thought I was being fairly compensated. And, like most people (especially many women), I felt that I was an impostor just squeaking by in my industry, hoping no one would notice how under-qualified I am to be working in adultworld.
Of course, if you’re interested in personal finance or financial independence you’re probably already a critical thinker who’s pretty good at what you do! You (and I) probably have bigger and better opportunities open to us, but we have to go seeking them!
I started “seeking” by accident. I mentioned to a friend and ex-coworker that I wasn’t in love with my current job and I was thinking about only staying there for a little while longer. This friend now works at the company I’m in the final interview round for, so he referred me. Boom! I was in! It was the easiest “job application” I’ve ever done.
That inspired me to send out a few more resumes, and I got another bite quickly from a government agency. Of course, at this point there’s a federal hiring freeze in place and that interview process has been suspended…
Anyway. It was easier than I thought to put myself out there! It might be easier than you think, too!
The time commitment required to update your resume and find job postings always seemed daunting, but what if you think about it as a side gig?
If working 100 hours would pay you thousands or even tens of thousands more per year, most of us would take that gig. Approaching the job application process as work means that I expect that it won’t be particularly fun and I have to make myself work at it.
Hopefully my side gig pays out!!
Could you be searching for a new job? Why aren’t you? I’m genuinely curious! I think that I wasn’t job hunting out of a sense of complacency and an aversion to change and conflict.