I got laid off in June. I've had GREAT freelancing so I'm not suffering financially yet. (Let's talk next tax season. Oof.)
I got offered a job yesterday. Not the job I applied for.
I'm going to take it because it's a job. But I'm not at all happy and I'm not the least bit excited about it anymore. It feels kinda stupid and kinda justified at the same time.
I applied for the "Director of Content and Communication." Today, I was told that "You and one other were the finalists, and we thought she was the better fit for DIRECTOR. So we juggled numbers and eliminated the office admin position we wanted to create job for you at the salary you asked for. But it's content marketing MANAGER."
They gave me the money I wanted at the director level. But not the prestige. AND they upended their budget to find the money I asked for and created a position for me. That's the same title I've had for the last 4 years. And clearly, manager is lower than director. BUT it feels like I'm not good enough. Why tell someone they're second place? "We really liked you and think you're talented so we created a whole new job just for you. BUT IT IS LESS THAN."
I think I should at least ask for a SENIOR title. I've never cared about titles. But taking a title cut HURT me this go-round. I went from director to manager for more money, less stress and a better commute. This is double the commute and less money than I was making (but given the pandemic, I knew a pay cut was inevitable and that's okay). But it feels insulting too. Am I insane?