I have decided that because of the voliatility of my current position that I would start searching just to see what’s out there. I posted my resume on monster.com and careerbuilder.com. I have had numerous emails, phone calls, and contacts in the past few days. I only have listed my resume on these two places, and most recently added it on careerbuilder.com, so I’m thinking that’s where the traffic is coming from. To say I am a little nervous/apprehensive/scared is an understatement. I’m frightened out of my mind. Why?
I’ve had this job for almost four years now. While that may not be a long time to some people, it is to me because I’m still young. This was my first “real” job, and it’s turned into a career. I’m really sad that it’s come to me leaving the company, but at this time I feel like I need to explore other options. Who knows, maybe there’s the perfect job out there that I’ve not even pondered yet. Time will tell.
It’s going to be a pain switching my 401k, health insurance, direct deposit, etc. I am really not looking forward to taking care of all of that. My 401k has taken such a huge hit and I’ve lost so much money that it makes me sick. What can I do about it? Nothing. I’ll have to make sure that my benefits are comparable or better as well, and that gives me a headache just thinking about it.
The comfort level I have with my ability to do my current position is very good. Having a new job means learning all new tasks, responsibilities, and roles. I’m sure I can learn very quickly and I will probably love doing something different, but it’s scary right now.
Now, focusing on the positives:
I’m going to be less stressed. I’ve made up my mind. I am sick and tired of being stressed with my life. I worry every day about so many things, and with my job being as stressful as it is, it’s going to shorten my life. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but I really think that stress has a major effect on your life (and life span!)
Having a change of pace. While I am a creature of habit, I also do enjoy change. I do enjoy it more when I am in control of it, as I’m sure most people do. At this point I truly feel this is the right decision for myself and my family. I know being so stressed takes a toll on Mr. Money (and even our dogs!). A change of pace will be good for us.
I have experience now, and that makes me worth more money. I’m hoping with this job change that I’ll gain a salary increase. Although, I have thought about it, and if I do take a pay cut and have less responsibilities, that will be worth it to me.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me!