Logan writes in:
I acquired a name for a 1 week job at $165 for 12hrs. Then, two hours later, I acquired a name for $200/12 for three weeks or extra. WWTD? (WHAT WOULD TAPA DO) Can I “give up”, what’s etiquette, protocol?
When it rains, it pours, proper?
It is a excessive class downside that, if you happen to work onerous and construct your community, nearly everybody runs into sooner or later or one other.
If you happen to’ve accepted the job, you’ve accepted the job. You possibly can’t give up the primary gig for the second, simply because it’s larger pay. And lasts longer. And and and…
I ought to amend that. You can drop out of a job you’ve accepted, however on the identical time, you’ll completely harm your relationship with the one who supplied you the job. The subsequent time they want a PA, you gained’t be the primary individual they name. You’ve confirmed your self to be unreliable.
Keep in mind, crucial factor for a PA to do is be there. And if you happen to’re not there, you’re not a very good PA.
On a present I labored on a couple of years in the past, one of many workplace PA’s give up with one thing like two weeks left of the season. It wasn’t for higher pay or a promotion; it was simply engaged on a movie that will proceed capturing by the summer season (nicely previous the time when our present would have wrapped).
He was not requested again the next season.
Making it on this enterprise isn’t just about touchdown a gig. It’s about getting the subsequent gig, and the one after that. It’s about constructing relationships.
Inform the second job, “I’d like to work with you, however I’m sorry, I’ve already dedicated to this different present for [such-and-such]. If you happen to nonetheless want a PA after we wrap, I’d be comfortable to leap on board mid-shoot.”
That is the reverse of a burned bridge. You’ve demonstrated 1) you’re in demand and a pair of) you’re loyal. They know that, in the event that they’re fortunate sufficient to rent you on the following one, you’ll actually decide to the job.
Then you definitely’ll begin getting three calls in sooner or later, as a substitute of simply two.