I won’t lie. This day has weighed a bit heavily on me. I thought I had a crack at some contract work today, and silly me, got my hopes up a bit. But as soon as the interested party found out I didn’t live in the Bay Area, I became a less desirable candidate. Of course, maybe down the road some remote work might happen, but he needed someone local to have face time with. That was a blow. I need work now.
It got me thinking. There are so many ways to contribute to the success of a business. Just how important should face time really be? In this age of inexpensive video conferencing, and real-time communication via social media like Twitter, shouldn’t location be more of a moot point? Shouldn’t other factors take precedence? What about life experience, professional expertise and good communications skills?
This is a new world we live in, and we all face new realities brought about by a foundering economy. We all can’t be right where the work is. But it shouldn’t mean we can’t do the work.
Should it? I’d be interested in your opinion.