Am I the only one who feels like searching for a job is a never-ending process? It seems like I’ve been continually searching for a new job since the day I graduated from college! Not always actively looking, mind you. But at least keeping my eyes open for better opportunities.
Way back in February I wrote about the issue I’m having with my job. Long story short: My boyfriend and I work for the same company. My boss has a HUGE issue with our relationship. We aren’t breaking any company policies. We don’t work in the same department, and neither of us is over the other. I’ve even talked to the President of the company, who assures me it isn’t an issue. It’s the non-issue that is continually made into a big issue.
And yet, here I am, 5 months later, still working at the same job. Why?
I’ll be honest, part of the reason I’m still here is valid, but part of it is sheer laziness. I don’t want to jump from one job that makes me miserable into another miserable job. So, I’m taking my time, and really considering what I do and don’t want in my next position. There aren’t a ton of opportunities out there, but I’m still trying to be selective about what I apply for. And the reality is, as much as my boss may hate my relationship, she can’t force me out of my job because of it. I have a job with adequate pay, great benefits, and lots of flexibility. I want a new job, but I don’t need to settle for just anything. As long as I can keep my cool about the situation, I can wait until I find the right opportunity. And the lazy part of me doesn’t want to commit a lot of my free time to job searching this summer. I want to enjoy the sunshine!
So I’ve been looking, and networking, and interviewing. And then, a few weeks back, something unexpected happened: My boss started helping me look. Awkward! It all started when she found out that our parent company was planning to post a new position. She approached me with the news of the position, and then let me know that she felt I was ready to take the next step in my career. Of course, there aren’t any promotional opportunities within our small company. And our parent company (and its parent company) usually have their promotions planned out long before the position even becomes available. So she started using her network to find open positions with other companies, and forwarding those on to me.
Let’s face it, who you know (and the connections they have) can be just as important in job searching as what you know. Sometimes more so. Granted, the person I know happens to be the boss who wants me gone. But she openly admits that I’m a great employee. I’m good at what I do. She just isn’t comfortable with who I’m dating.
Even with the extra help, the job search is still going slow. There haven’t been a lot of opportunities, and I’ve been very selective about which ones I’ve applied for. I landed an interview two weeks ago for a position I was super excited about. I was told I was one of the top candidates after the interview. I didn’t get the job. Shortly after that, two positions were posted within our family of companies. I interviewed for one position, and it went very well. I lost the job to someone with a CPA. But sometimes when a door closes, a window opens; The hiring manager called to tell me they were very impressed with me, and looking for other opportunities within the company. He didn’t give me a lot of details, but I’m hopeful he’ll get back to me soon. The second position was filled through an internal promotion; I don’t think they even ended up doing any other interviews. But the person who they promoted held a very unique position in the company, and I’ve already been contacted for an interview for that position.
Job searching is never easy. There are a ton of setbacks and frustrations along the way. Right now, nothing has changed. But at the same time, things are looking hopeful. I’m hoping sometime in the future to have some good news on the job front. In the mean time, I’m keeping my eyes open and considering other possibilities. And enjoying some margaritas on the patio, of course!
– Cindy W.