Rage searching got me a better paying job in a week

  • I had been in the music department of a sportscasting company for two years when my supervisor quit.
  • When I wasn’t promoted, I applied to five new jobs, and was hired elsewhere within a week.
  • I work in a smaller office now, but I earn more as a manager.

This narrated essay is based on a conversation with 28-year-old Los Angeles-based music industry professional Jordan Smith. It has been edited for length and clarity. Music coordinators in Los Angeles have an estimated average salary of $58,000, according to Glassdoor.

I had been working at a sports broadcasting company for two years when my boss decided to go to another company. We specialized in organizing musical setups for entertainment programs, and it was a relatively new department that I helped build. Moving up in the music industry can be tough, so landing this position in August 2020 after losing my first postgraduate job earlier that year made me feel more established in my field.

When my supervisor quit, I thought the higher ups would at least let me interview for the now vacant position. I was his right-hand man for two years, but I was surprised when his replacement was announced before I could be considered for the more senior role.

My supervisor and I had shared a lot of responsibility. When he was too busy to do anything, I was the one to handle it. Naturally, I thought I would be next in line for promotion if he left, but that was not the case.

I immediately thought “I can’t do this anymore”.

It was time to move on

It was very upsetting. I could have cried because I had spent so much time building up the music department and even creating tutorials since we were a fairly new team. I was annoyed that they filled the position with someone else in the department without asking if any of the other music coordinators would be interested.

At that moment, I started looking through professional Facebook groups, LinkedIn and other job boards to see if anyone was looking for a music manager.

I didn’t see red, but I did see something when I applied for five new jobs. After two years as music coordinator for the company, I felt I had learned everything I could. And it was obviously not an opportunity for me to advance where I was.

Rage searching for a new job in 2022 landed me three interviews and multiple job offers less than a week after my boss overlooked me.

Redefining rage and realizing my worth

The Los Angeles music industry is fast-paced, so I wasn’t surprised to move on so quickly, but I was relieved that the timing worked out so well for me.

I applied for a music director job this weekend and I interviewed for it the following Tuesday. I was offered the position on Thursday. And all the time, other jobs were also offering me positions.

Now I work for a smaller music library, but I make more money than I did in my previous job and I have a more senior role.

Rage application helped me know my worth

The music industry can be difficult to navigate, but I think my rage helped me land new opportunities quickly. It made my mind clearer and I wasn’t nervous at all. I knew I couldn’t stay at my old company and I knew I couldn’t settle for less than what I’m worth.

Rage doesn’t have to mean anything negative—it helped me realize exactly what I deserve from an employer, and helped me not be afraid to ask for it.

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