on headhunting

It’s a fascinating thing, internet fame.

I’ve been doing the job of a library director for two years. I’m 35 years old. I fumble, a lot, and I succeed as much as I can. I’m learning as I go, and I’m lucky to work with people who ride out my mistakes and trust me when I ask them to take a leap of faith. The fact that they’re amazing people who are great at building a collaborative vision and putting it into action makes me look really, really good.

I also write on the internet.  Some people pay attention. Lots of people don’t. Most don’t seem to get how much of what I do is wrapped up in the team I work with. It’s not all me. Trust me on that one.

But, as a result of that attention, I’ve been formally or informally headhunted or wished for as a candidate in a Dean or Director position four times this month. Just this month!

And I wonder what those people would think if they actually worked with me. I am not all sunshine and roses, or Diet Coke and videogames, as the case may be.

But, regardless. If you think I’d be an awesome candidate for your job, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Be in Vermont, New Hampshire, northwestern Massachusetts, or New York’s North Country.
  2. Convince me that your job has something to offer that my really very satisfying current job does not.
  3. Ask me sometime after 2012, because the soonest I’d be willing to even consider leaving this position is 2013.
  4. Pay me considerably more than I make now.

The last one’s the easy one, honestly. And #2 makes all the difference.

So now you know.

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