Thursday, October 5, 2006

Some Big Changes

Effective today, some big changes are taking place in my life.

I have been employed for 8 years and 2 months at my current place of employment. I have spent approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of my waking life there since I started in 1998. My youngest son, who will be 9 in November, does not remember me working anywhere else. This has been my home away from home. I have lived in 4 different residences since I started working there.

As of roughly 1 an hour ago, I am actively looking for another job. I've felt this coming for a while, but I've been trying to fool myself and bury my head in the sand. I have had so much change in my life over the last few years, I was hoping that I would not have to make my job yet another change.

I will only be posting either in the early mornings or in the late evenings for awhile. I am going to be very busy at work for now. One of my coworkers that started just 3 months after me in the fall of 1998 has been laid off. I will be expected to pick up many of his responsibilities while he is off.

Any of my Ohio friends...ones who know me personally: please keep your eyes and ears open for job openings. For all my praying blogger friends: please pray for the right doors to open. I may need an ear now and then, and maybe even some advice.

Prior to this job, I was a waitress. Since I have been working in this office, I have done accounting, payroll, payroll taxes, billing, office correspondence; I opened mail, answered phones, provided customer service, worked with human resource issues, safety issues, etc., etc. I have been told many times by various friends that I was underpaid compared to others in comparable jobs. I have kept on working where I am out of convenience, comfort and perhaps a need for security. No more. I know now that I have to do what I need to do for ME.

I have always liked my job. However, I have given far too much of myself in an attempt to please my boss. I have worked sick, when I desperately needed time off, when my kids really needed me. I cancelled vacation days to come in because no one else could. I put off medical care and even surgery in order to make sure my job was covered. I was a devoted and faithful employee. Now it's time to be loyal to me, and put my needs ahead of the company. I have given too much already.

Off I go to search the internet for job postings! Here goes nothing!


Elliemarie said...

Good for you! It is a scary, big step leaving the comfort zone of where you've worked all these years, but you have to do what is best for you. It's different if you are compensated well for what you do, but nobody likes being taken advantage of by their employers. Best of luck with the job search!

PJ said...

Kristi it sounds like you have a TON of office experience and are organized and really good at administration, so you could easily be an office manager.

I don't know if you need benefits or not but there is always temp work, which at least where I am pays pretty well. Also try local churches in the area who might need a secretary or even your local school systems/colleges, etc. which may have a website with job postings available.

I don't know if this helps or not but I'm praying!!

neicybelle said...

i wish you all the best and will definitely be praying...i do bet you are being underpaid...most of all, be patient...the job for you is out there...