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QUIT BEFORE LANDING NEW JOB?

QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:

Something struck me in your PERSONALITY RADIO books - the part on when to look for a new job. One of the criteria you listed was when your job presents no further challenges. Well, that's where I feel I'm at even though I've only been here six months, but I can tell I'm not growing as an air talent. So I'm sending out resumes everyday and biding my time until something else comes along. Meanwhile I dread coming into this place everyday and I'm falling into debt because my pay is awful and the hours I work leave no time for a second job, not to mention a personal life. I knew that I'd have to pay my dues, but this seems ridiculous.

So, here's my question: Would it make sense to leave this station and take a job (even if it wasn't in radio) that would allow me to pay the bills plus allow me to save some money in case I get a bite on my resume? And on that note, I' d really love to work down South and have been targeting certain areas with my resume, but I've been told that I would be better off to actually move down there so I'm available to them when they need me. What are your thoughts on this?

DAN REPLIES:

Would it make sense to leave this station and take a job (even if it wasn't in radio) that would allow me to pay the bills plus allow me to save some money in case I get a bite on my resume?

No...not if your goal is to land a better radio job. An employed jock is far more attractive to a prospective employer than an unemployed jock.

>I'd really love to work down South and have been targeting
>certain areas with my resume, but I've been told that I would
>be better off to actually move down there so I'm available to
>them when they need me

Again, a bad idea...for the same reason. You'll be an unemployed jock who happens to live nearby. Of course, if you can afford to pick up and move and then wait for a radio job to make itself available to you, great. But you've indicated that's not your situation.

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