The devil I know, an unexpected clarification, and an idea about my next job
I was very surprised to find a e-mail from my old boss this morning letting me know he'd given my name to a recruiter for a similar, though higher-paying, position with a larger agency. Not surprised that he referred me, since I know he always thought pretty highly of my work, but that he told me about it, since I'm pretty sure he's done it before but hasn't wanted me to know it was him.
Ironically, I interviewed for a position with this agency a couple of years ago - back when this person was still my boss at my current job. I can only assume he is unaware of that. The recruiter has also interviewed me before, for a completely unrelated position, but when I spoke with her she didn't show any sign of recollection. I told her she could send me the job description anyway.
More money and a shorter commute are both very desirable, but I realize I really don't want to be doing the same old thing to get them. I don't want to be doing a bigger, more stressful version of the same job, and if I make a move within the social-services agency niche, that's probably what I'll get - still dealing with all the same hassles of providing government-authorized social services for people in "the system," paid for with county money. Jumping throigh the same hoops. Thanks, but in that case I think I'll stick with the devil I know.
I've been in the nonprofit sector for nearly all my career, and I'd like to stay there if I stay in accounting, but it includes so many different types of organizations. If and when I decide to leave my current job and it's not to make a career change (like writing!), I'd rather go back into a cultural or membership organization, one related to a cause that I support, or even a foundation, as opposed to another variation of where I work now.
So while I let both the recruiter and my old boss know that I'm not interested in this particular opening, I did mention the kind of position I would be interested in, and I passed along my resume. (I have to admit that I didn't think of that on my own, though...that smart networking idea came from my husband.)