Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gay Men Belong

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series ran from 1997 to 2003, and picks up again in comic book form in 2007. It continues to this day, and is currently on Season 9.

Before I go any further, let’s get one thing out of the way right now – yes, I’m a huge nerd.

OK, back on topic.

With the beautifully portrayed relationship between Willow and Tara, it’s no surprise that the show is popular with the LGBT community. The Logo TV station has been airing reruns since 2010.

What (pleasantly) surprised me was the blatant inclusion of gay men in Season 9 #14 and #15 with the introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer.

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The Most Thoughtful Salary Negotiation Response I’ve Ever Received

Negotiating salary is one of the toughest tasks of a job seeker – especially in an employers’ market.

A poker hand on a box that reads "Do Not Fold" “Your answer to question 7 belies the ‘poker hand’ nature of the employer/candidate relationship. I’m going to tilt my hand just a bit … in hopes you’ll show me yours.” – The first line of Brian Harris’ salary negotiation email.

I recently applied for the Digital Marketing Specialist position at SaaS company Bridgeline Digital. As a follow-up to the job application, they sent back a list of questions – one, of course, being my compensation requirements.

I responded with my typical pay scale inquiry: “What is the range you’re offering for the position?”

Usually, I receive the runaround reply: “I don’t have salary information since I’m not the hiring manager.” You know, the quick brushoff with the HR recruiter expecting you to just toss out a number. (It’s just one of the things companies do to annoy job applicants.)

In this economy of companies that expect job candidates to throw themselves at their feet for any pay, I was relieved to receive a thoughtful job compensation response from Bridgeline Digital‘s Digital Services Manager Brian Harris, who agreed to let me share it with you:

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