Thursday, July 07, 2005

How do I know

Every time I think of this phrase I hear little Whitney in my head......"How do I know..." then put my own words into the following chorus and verses'. Fun I know.. Well know I'm asking myself "how do I know what to do next." Here's the story....I have been temping at this place for some time now. I think that I've been here since the middle of may and now it's almost the middle of July. Go figure....anywho. Now, the place that I'm temping at wants me to work here full time. And, of course I don't know what to do. It's not like I do anything super hard here. I do admin stuff, which is actually pretty nice. My boss is great. Never really on my back about stuff, plus I kind of get things done when I want. There are two things wrong with the job though; 1. It's not very hard, the work that is. 2. It's not really what I want to do. But as soon as I list reason #2 I think to myself, what else am I going to do. I've been unemployed for damn near 5 months and I'm so tired of it. I want benefits, a place that I can call work, instead of picking up my checks every week in a different place. I hate it. But, I don't know if it's the right thing to do. I'm still looking for a job in recruiting, but to no avail I've found nothing. All the places that I've interviewed with are like, you just don't have enough experience. So I'm like, maybe I should get back into buying. I know that I can do it, it just has to be at the right place. So I've still been interviewing for a couple of buying jobs, but nothing there either. So I guess the question is, do I go for the for sure thing, by the way nothing is for sure or do I keep climbing a hill that doesn't seem to have an end to it and keep looking for a job in something that I want??? For right now, it's going to remain a question......

1 comment:

TOS said...

OK darling here's the easy answer and take it from someone who has had tons of jobs (in Marketing you have to switch or else you get stale) - take the full-time job at the place where you are at. Benefits are key and it will ease your mind - which will help immensely. My big thing is that when I am getting shit thrown at me in all directions I can't get anything done, let alone make life decisions with philosophical implications.

This may not be your dream job but you need stability and bene's. BUT don't stop looking, you should keep pursuing whatever leads you want. If you find that one, you will quit - even if it is a day after you become "real" at your temp job. Unless you sign a contract with a time length attached you have NO reason to not quit. Most people are too nice to their employer. They feel "bad" if they were to up and quit for something else. Typically they give too much notice or turn things down for fear of how their boss will act (doesn't matter whether it is guilt, sadness or rage). I learned long ago you have to do what is right for YOU.

This is purely practical advice (though my newfound socialism approves ;) case in point. People here just got laid-off that had been here for YEARS. They got no notice, no preparation and yeah a tiny severance but the implications of the layoff will really hamper their lives for a long time. One lady was even allowed back into the office to get her extra sneakers, they shipped them to her - and she went quietly and without problems. Leadership claimed "it wasn't personal, it was just a business decision. There was not enough work to keep them on."

You must adopt the same attitude. Being nice in the work world gets you the big middle finger. Think of it this way, it's very easy for you to be nice to them but when push comes to shove and it's numbers time, they won't be nice, they'll hide behind the "just business" saying.

So now that I am done writing war and peace - take the job, ease your mind and keep looking. Most likely it's going to take some time anyhow! HUGS - TOS (I know how you feel - I can't wait to find a new job and move on!)