Monday, April 7, 2008

It's good to be wanted......right?

So.....the job I've had the last 6 months has been driving me well....crazy. It was a short drive believe me but still. There are some really good things about it but overall it is really stressful.

Last week a friend that I used to work called me up out of the blue and asked me how it was going. I told her and she said that there was a job where she worked that she thought would be perfect for me. Before I knew it, I had an interview today. I really didn't feel that it went that well but according to her I should be getting an offer in the next day or two. Go figure.

There are pros and cons to both jobs of course and so I'm torn. I know, I should wait until I have an offer in hand but I'm a worrier and instead of sleeping right now, I'm here trying to make sense of it all. I have never jumped around like this in my working life. I have always been with employers for years and years. Being loyal even to a fault. My hubby, being the wonderful man that he is *big shout of for you hubby* will be supportive either way.

So, let's go old school here and write out some pros and cons of both

Pros Current Job: Hour flexibility, no cost/little stress commuting, great people that I work with (for the most part), Working 4 10's so I have an extra day with my boys, good pay, casual dress code

Cons Current Job: Crazy busy, no upper level organization, fly by the seat of their pants good ol boys club, really buggy software, not feeling empowered to make changes, feeling defeated most days, feeling set up for failure (not on purpose). no retirement plan

Pros New job: Working for a much much larger company that is very established, Getting my foot in the door at said company and being able to move around to keep myself challenged, working for a non-profit company, competitive wages (I hope), excellent retirement plan, able to work early shift to be home by 230 pm ish each day, working with a couple of people that I used to work with and like very much, possibly being able to stay with this company until retirement, new type of work that will be challenging, working close to the temple and Deseret book.

Cons New Job: Having to commute by car again thus increasing our gas bill and wear and tear on the car, little flexibility to work from home or change my hours as needed, business casual dress code, Working 5 8's again, not having an as relaxed atmosphere as I'm used to now, back to cubicle land, back to corporate America.

I've got some thinking and praying to do and I'm sure I'll think of other things as I go along but hopefully it helped to get it all down here so it won't be swirling around in my head as I try to go to sleep pretty soon.


Anonymous said...

Oh wow . . . that's a toughing Tonya . . . I pray that you'll have the wisdom given you to make the right choice! *HUGS*

Melissa said...

I hate making choices! Just ask my hubby... I usually pray and fast and then if I still don't know what to do... I'll flip a coin. I know that sounds weird... but it really kind of helps. Because I can gauge my reaction to the flip... if it comes up heads and I find myself a little disappointed, well, maybe the other choice would be better.
See... you don't even have to drive me to crazy... I'm already there!

Carrie said...

That sounds like a tough decision. I'm sorry, I've got no advice for ya. Good luck, though. good luck with your decision. We'll be praying for you!

Kevin and Brandi said...

Tonya! Wow sounds like you have a tough decision. If you are not happy in your current position then there is no point in staying. I had to remind my husband of that before he switched jobs. There are always pros and cons to every job. I know that you'll make the right decision! *hugs*

Kimberly said...

That's so, so tricky! Do you choose the easy going life but the stresses and lack of long term stability that go with? Or do you go for the stability and job satisfaction the other offers? Oh hun, that's tough! Hope you find your answer soonly. ~Hugs~

Charlotte said...

The 4 10s and the flexibility are great perks, but no perk is worth feeling defeated most days, in my opinion.

If I were in your shoes, I would take a good honest look at whether I could get over that feeling defeated by changing something within myself, (attitude, etc.) or if it was probably something that was inherent in the working environment, pretty much regardless of what I did.

If I could get rid of the feeling defeated stuff, and find job satisfaction and happiness at the first place, I'd decide to stay there. If I couldn't, I'd decide to go with the second.

And once I'd made my decision, I'd fast and pray, and see if the Lord gave me a red light on my decision or not.

But, it isn't me, it's you. I guess it all depends on what pros and cons are the most appealing to you. It sounds like whatever you choose, you've got some good things to look forward to, and things that that will be a bit of a sacrifice as well. Kind of like life in general, huh? (Rats!)

Good luck! You'll work it out for the best, I just know it.

Yvonne said...

I know you'll know what to do. It's great that you have a list of pros and cons--that's the best place to start. Think and pray, and it will be what is best for you and your family.

Nancy Face said...

Such a tough decision it will be! I don't think I can add anything to the great advice you've already received from others, but I'm confident you'll make the right decision. :)

You sound a lot like me...I like to stay at the same place for a long time, long as I'm treated well! I've been at the same hair salon for 27 years, and I'm just another the hair dryers and the toilet! ;)

Sue said...

I vote for - keep looking. Seriously. Keep looking till you find the job that feels right. If neither one seems right - they probably aren't.

And don't feel bad about the lack of corporate loyalty. You need to do what is right for you and your family. The company would not hesitate to let you go if they felt it made financial sense. The new corporate reality, unfortunately. Good luck Tonya!

Chel said...

I'm sure you will make the right decision. It can seem so hard to make the first initial step, but I'm sure you'll make the right one.

P.S. I LOVE that YOU LOVE Grease and Footloose-- those are my two all time FAVORITE movies.