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post #1 of 8 Old 03-25-2010, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Switch jobs?

Right now I work part-time at a store in a mall about 15 miles from my house. It's an ok job. It's retail which is never all that great but I wasn't really expecting anything good, given that I had no previous retail/customer service experience. Anyway, I make minimum wage and I've been working there since the beginning of the year. I was told that we are evaluated every 6 months, and can be given a raise at that point.

My previous job was working at my vet's office in the kennel. I took care of the animals bascially. I worked there for 3 years and I think I got one raise in that time (but I think they realized they hadn't given me one so it was more than a normal raise would have been. At the same time I think minimum wage had just gone up so I wasn't making much more than people who had just started working there...)

My mom told me the other day that the vet's office is looking for a receptionist. So, same employeer as my old job, but different position. She thinks they would pay me more than I am making now (when my sister worked there as a receptionist she made a LOT more than I am making now) and I would be closer to home.

At this point I am having trouble deciding if I should persue the receptionist job. I had been telling my sister I wanted a new job because I kind of tired of all the crazy selling stuff. She told me to wait a few more months because it looks bad if you quit so soon. I was thinking I would do that but if I can get this other job (which I probably could considering I used to work there) then I don't really see a point in waiting longer. More money would be good to as I seem to spend it faster than I make it (another issue entirely). And I end up spending a good part of my pay check in the store since the discount is just to good to pass up.

So to sum up this spazzy jumbled post: should I persue this new job possibility or just stick with the one I've got?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-25-2010, 03:35 AM
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I think I would go visit with the vet about the position. Find out exactly what they will be paying, if you will be getting raises at all, and any other things you might want to know. I don't know if they would have a health or retirement plan in a job like that but that is also something to think about. If you think you might like it, then fill out an application and go for it. Though, I'm sure you know, don't quit the job you have now until the new one is a sure thing.
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I would jump on it while the chance is there! How terrible would you feel if you didn't even try, and then in a few months when you really want a new job you can't find anything but retail? That's pretty much what's happened to me recently and it sucks! Definitely go talk to the Vet! Sure the store but be angry that you're leaving so soon, but do what is better for YOU.
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I agree with smrobs. It never hurts to look, and after all you do have a history there (hopefully a decent one) so they know what kind of work ethic you have other other new applicants.
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I agree with aboves. It never hurts to check the vet and you can make the decision then.

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Ok, I'm going to talk with them and see what they say. Every time I try and think about this I can't seem to organize my thoughts. So I will just wait and see what they say and then worry about going through the pros and cons of each job and if I should switch or not.
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should I persue this new job possibility or just stick with the one I've got?
Well what do you enjoy doing? Do you like working and dealing with people? or are you more of a hands on, organizing type person? what do you think you will enjoy doing more?

You will spend most of your life working. A lot of time you spend more time at work than at home, so my suggestion to you is to focus on what you will enjoy more, more so than the money.

For years I worked doing a job I absolutely loved but the pay cheque for what I had to do did not match up the amount of work I put into what I did(the greatness of healthcare...). I eventually left and now working a job that pays almost double what I used to make BUT I can honestly say I don't enjoy it as much as I did my old job. As the saying goes, money doesn't buy happiness.

Go take a look at this other position and see if it's something you would rather do. Make sure the difference in pay is good enough to make the jump(especially if it's not something you see yourself doing).

Good luck with your decision.

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Honestly, I think I would "enjoy" both jobs equally. That is to say, I'm not much of a fan of selling things to people (which is what I do now), and I'm not much of a fan of talking on the phone (which is what I would be doing at the other job). I don't think I'm really at a point in my life (experience wise) where I would be capable of looking for a job based on what I enjoy.

I like to shop and I like some of the people that I work with so I sort of enjoy my job right now. But the crap I have to put up with is not worth the little bit I get paid. For instense, last night I was supposed to get off at 10PM but ended up having to stay until 1AM because the manager decided she wanted to do something that doesn't need to be finished until Wednesday. I understand getting things done ahead of time but that was just stupid. And that is just the latest of many stupid things my manager does.

At the other job. I would be answering phones all day, making appointments for people, etc. Not much about that would be enjoyable, but having worked there before (in a different position) I know the people and I know what I will have to deal with. I was there for 3 years so I know they do stupid stuff too, but I guess I got used to it so it seems less ridiculous. Plus I would be making more money, which is always good lol.

At this point I guess it's just the lesser of two evils and the vet's office job is deffinatly it. Especially after last night. As soon as I got home I asked my mom when we could go to the vet's and see if they would hire me. We are planning on going tomorrow so hopefully I won't have to deal with this crap much longer.
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