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When is it Time to Look for New Employment?

July 2, 2014

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It's not a big secret that I'm not enjoying my job. My plan was to wait to find new employment until my debts were pretty much gone. But not anymore!It’s not a huge secret around here that I’m not really enjoying my full-time job. After all, I disclosed in my 5 year plan that I want to quit my job to pursue my passions and move to a different location.

My original plan was to wait to quit my job and accomplish the move until my debts were pretty much gone and I could afford to move straight into my dream tiny house. Well, these plans may be accelerated a bit.

When is it Time to Look for a New Job?

Back in March, my office announced that they would be hiring for additional people to basically do the same thing I’m doing with the option to move up within the company as experience is gained. At that point, I’d been here nearly 2 years, working in both industries that my office serves (lending and insurance).

I approached my supervisor to find out if I would be moving up when new people were hired or how my duties might be changing. I was told that my duties would not be changing and that the 2 newbies would be on my same level within the lending area and they were considering adding 1 person to the insurance staff as well.

Fast forward to May, the 2 new lending staff members have started. One of them came in with some experience, which I respect since I came into the office straight from college with no “real world” lending experience. The other is a classmate of mine from high school who took 5 years to finish her 4 year degree, compared to my 3 years to complete a 4 year degree. She, like me, started right after college graduation.

Since then, I’ve found out that these two new employees are receiving additional benefits above what I am, better job titles, and a higher pay grade. WHAT?! I can understand the one with experience being granted some of these privileges, but the one straight out of college? This is what upsets me!

Along with this situation, there are several ethical issues I’ve run into over the past two years of working here that don’t match with my morals. It makes it difficult to have respect for my supervisor, our president, the board of directors, and the institution. Because of the situation laid out above and the other ethical issues (which I won’t get into), I have started seeking a new job.

I am looking in my current location and the nearby, surrounding area so I wouldn’t have to move just yet, but career opportunities here are limited. I live in a small ag-centered community and not many jobs pay as well or provide benefits similar to my current employer. It is making things difficult. Thus, I have expanded my search to the location that I’d ideally like to move to in the next few years anyhow.

Another slight challenge, I haven’t told my family that I’m seeking different employment yet, nor have I told anyone other than my BFF. I certainly don’t want it to get back to my employer since it could cause my termination before I have something else lined up.

As I find out more and have news, I will be sure to update you all on what happens next!

What do you think about my situation? Would you be upset enough to seek new employment?

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17 responses to “When is it Time to Look for New Employment?

  1. Hi shoe,

    I’m in the same boat. Being unhappy in my current job and am taking a big leap of faith into my passion. It’s scary and nerves all around. I wish you luck.

    1. I don’t think I’m going to take the “opportunity” if there’s a pay cut because honestly I can’t afford a pay cut right now, especially if I were to take the one in a different location and move. The cost of living in the new location is quite a bit higher, so I seriously can’t take a pay cut!

  2. Hi Kayla, sorry to hear about that – how frustrating that the two ‘newbies’ are getting a better financial package than you. Have you spoke to your boss or is that supposed to be confidential as to how you found out? Either way I don’t blame you for looking elsewhere. If you’re not happy there anyway, then the sooner you can get out the better! Good luck and keep us posted.

    1. I haven’t spoken to my boss about it because, as you said, the financial package is supposed to be confidential. I only found out as my high school classmate divulged it to me and I as much as I’m mad, it’s not her fault that they showed favoritism toward her. But it does make me quite angry! I will certainly keep you all up to date with what happens next. 🙂

  3. I’m sorry, that’s terrible! Same thing happened to me once. I was promoted after three months (they fired someone else), got a little raise, and was fine. Then I found the Craigslist ad looking for my replacement (as receptionist), and it turns out they were offering a higher salary, so they would essentially start with the same pay as I was currently making in my new title. Ridiculous. Part of me thinks they were just desperate to fill the position, as I was handling both roles during that time, and it was pretty stressful. Way to show appreciation to your employees though. I don’t get it! Best of luck finding something!

    1. Thanks EM! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one to have gone through something like this. It is frustrating for sure!

  4. I’m sorry to hear that. I was in the same situation – but this employee didnt even have a college degree. Just knew someone from management… It was a bit frustrating at the time.

    But I really hope you get what you are looking for with better pay/benefits! =)

    1. Thanks Michelle! The girl from my HS class didn’t even offically apply for the position until after she was approached by management and offered the job (with better benefits and higher pay than me when I’ve been here 2 years now). It was really unfair of them to do that to those who actually sought out and applied for the job as well. I’d imagine it took place at a family function as her new husband is related to our president… Politics at it’s best!

  5. Things like that make my bold boil. I’d want to leave if I learned that new people with less experience than me were being paid more. WTH?! That’s not fair. Whenever I’d walk into the newbies I’d be reminded of that.

    You can either asked for a pay rise based on what the newbie earns or find something new. I’d probably want to leave because I’d be annoyed and I like fairness.

    1. I like fairness too and this is really just the cherry on top of a bad situation. I’m not enjoying the work and the ethics of my workplace’s policices and upper management are just apalling!

  6. That really stinks, and your frustration is completely understandable. Good luck with your search; I look forward to hearing the updates!

  7. Here’s what I’d do. Step up your game and show them you are worth more. In the meantime, look into other options outside the company. If something better comes along, then you’ve got options, and you can leave on good terms. If not, you will have positioned yourself for a possible raise. As frustrating as it is, don’t drink the bitter juice. It will only taint your work and could have a downward spiral impact or self fulfilling prophecy and you can’t afford that right now. Politics and stuff like this happens in every company. You can’t get away from it and you can’t control it. You can only control the work you do and the attitude you have. Now would you rather be seen as positive, eager and upbeat or bitter, jaded and frustrated? Your choice. 😉 I think this old horse has been around the corral a few times to know what she’s talking about.

    1. Great suggestions Debs! I’m not sure what’ll happen yet, but I’m planning on trying my best to keep a positive attitude.

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