Posted by Dave on July 16, 2013
I read an interesting post on one of the many blogs I follow and would highly recommend for people who enjoy free-thinking, no BS opinions on anything from politics to diet and exercise. The blog post focuses on the writer’s current state of boredom and how he would like to work in a specific industry. The writer has been out of the workforce, working as an entrepreneur in the finance industry for the last decade or so, and would have difficulty with the common method of entering the workforce – especially when he did not want to engage in entry level work.
His method of attempting to get work was to send a letter to the company he wished to work for, explaining previous applicable experience and offering to work (on a trial basis) for 60-90 days in the position he feels he would fit best in.
While I enjoy the inventiveness of the method, I’m not sure how many employers would take the writer up on his offer. Most Human Resource departments which I have dealt with personally, or acquaintances have interacted with wouldn’t really accept this kind of arrangement, although these are generally for relatively large firms and entrenched with fixed hiring policies.
I found the message of the blog post interesting as someone who is interested in Early Retirement, as at some point after retiring, I might get bored or interested in a field of work that would make me want to rejoin the workforce.
Working on a trial basis would resolve a couple of issues that come up with jobs:
Does the job that I end up doing match what was actually advertised? I’ve had several positions that sounded really good on paper, but turn out to be completely different.
Do I really like to do the work? Even if the job matches what was advertised and the duties are the same as what was discussed during the interview, I may have second thoughts about it or decide it isn’t for me.
If I had attained financial independence, I would be able to afford to take the job for interest sake and try it out before I committed to a longer term contract. Ideally, this option would be available at all jobs. I think employees would be happier, because they have chosen the job they’re doing long-term and employers would be happy because there is a fixed “trial period” that is agreed on.
Realistically, in a wider scale, this kind of relationship would probably be exploited by employers, who would just turn employees over to get cheap labour. If done professionally and transparently though this kind of agreement would be ideal.
I don’t think I would have any interest in returning to the workforce once I leave, but making this kind of deal with an employer might be a good way to get a foot in the door with a “stale” resume.
Would you work for free if it was a job you thought you really wanted (and you could afford to)?