Friday, September 24, 2010

A Sigh Of Relief or A Cringe In Fear

As most, if not all of you know, I applied for a different job within the same company.  I'm not totally convinced it's a step in the right direction, and my boss is not at all pleased.  Of course, I work very hard for my boss, and this company, and I know my boss does not want to lose a valuable employee.  I often handle a lot of different jobs that are not necessarily my job to do, and I try to have issues resolved by the time he gets word.  I currently have a nice, cushy office job with my own office, a plant in the window, a large U-shaped desk, my own coffee pot....I share the fax, laser printer, and ticket printer, but they are in my office as well.  And the pay really is quite fair, in my own personal opinion. 

Now, this job that I have applied for is NOT in an air conditioned office, with a one hour lunch shared with co-workers in the break room.  It is a field job, and involves more hours, most of which will be spent driving a truck all over eastern North Carolina.  Most of my lunches will probably be spent in the truck or at the closest fast food joint.  I will have to deal with hot summers and cold winters.  And I will be on-call most evenings and every other weekend.  It will not be an 8-5 job.  HOWEVER, the pay increase is nothing to sneeze at.  (I know, I ended the sentence with a preposition...get over it) 

I was at a point where I was considering taking on a second job.  I have done that in the past, and I thoroughly hated it.  I worked (supposed-to-be) part time at a convenience store.  I was getting home at 1 a.m. only to have to get right back up at 6 a.m. to get ready for work again.  Plus, while I was working there, one of the employees on the 3rd shift was robbed and shot in the back of the head.  He survived, but who wants to take that chance?!  This new position eliminates the necessity for a second job. 

Well, my interview was last Friday.  Before the interview I felt confident about my chances.  I applied for the same position two and a half years ago and was passed up.  I knew they regreted it, as the person they chose over me had the job for one week and quit.  Shortly after that I moved out of the warehouse into my current position.  I got a call mid-week saying that there were two more interviews scheduled for Thursday, but I was certainly favored and would most likely get offered the position today.  I got the call first thing this morning and e-mailed information the get the transfer started.  I got the job.  I accepted the job.  If they could offer me the same to stay here, I would in a heart be....and I made that clear.  But there has been no counter offer as of yet.  So, it looks like I will be starting a new job in a couple of weeks.  Ho hum, Y'all!!

20 comments:

Tracey said...

I really hope they offfer you more money to stay on Randy, if not, good luck! xxxxxxxxxxxx

Jim said...

If you come over as far as Hillsborough, let me know. I'll take you out to eat. Breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Jim

Christine H. said...

I also hope you get a counter offer. I have my fingers crossed.

Sheila said...

Congratulations! And pack a lunch, don't eat fast food!

LindaG said...

Whatever happens, I hope it works out for you. Good luck!

Not many jobs in this area of the state. My son is still looking.

You all have a great weekend, too! :)

Gary said...

Randy,
I really admire your "Get'er done" spirit and willingness to make sacrifices. I hope that can keep the office with better pay. But I can also see where you "Tales From The Open Road" would make entertaining posts :) All joking aside I hope all works out for the best. - G

Edith Hope said...

Dear Randy, Change is never easy to come to terms with and I can fully appreciate that you are in two minds about the new job. In some ways it may be just as well if there is no counter offer since then you can make a completely new start.

However, whatever happens, I wish you all the best for the future. You clearly work hard and I am sure that any employer will be pleased to welcome you to their team. As Gary remarked, I too think that you will have many tales to tell from the 'Highway' and I shall look forward to reading them.

Odette said...

we work hard for the money, and that's just fair. but hey, stay healthy or all this mean nothing if you can't even relax,ok?
xoxoxo

bad penny said...

I'm here hoping things work out for you too xx

Nekkid Chicken said...

Randy,

There are reasons we do not know why we are given opportunities. Then again same with unanswered prayers. Stick to your guns and follow your heart(gut).

All things will come in time,
Mal

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

congratulations and best wishes

ga.farmwoman said...

Congratulations! When you get started on the field job, it may be something your really really like.
Either way, I know you will do your best at either position.
Good workers are always an asset and there is probably a lot of talk over who gets you!

Good luck.
Pam

houndini said...

HI Randy

I want to say congratulations - but deep down I'm hoping that something else will come up for you - and quickly! The coffee pot and desk sound great!!! But alas, who can survive without money?

You'll do well in whatever you do - so the best of luck matey - AL

LemonyRenee' said...

Congrats, Randy! Change is good for the soul -- it will all work out great. :)

Becca's Dirt said...

Hope it all works out for you Randy. good luck.

Callie said...

Well, congratulations on the new job and more money, but, I hope you get a counter offer of more money to stay in your current job. Maybe your boss was waiting to see if you got the job before offering a bigger pay check?

Donna said...

Oh my....well...just make SURE you carry a warm blanket & supplies with you in that truck!!
Hurray for the extra monies though?!!
hughugs

Nick said...

We used to raise chickens. We soon learned that dogs and chickens don't mix. Well, ours developed a taste for poultry.

amberlife said...

Congrats on the job even if it does mean a massive change. I have gone for it too, given up my three / four jobs and got a well paid single job. Oh the relief!

Odette said...

we had rain last week yet, but until now many areas are still under water...
xoxoxo