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Old 07-09-2014, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finding a new job.

So I'll be 29 this year and I have to say I honestly think I am going through a "mid-life" crisis. I've worked at Lowe's Home Improvement for the past 6 years. The last 2 years as a Sales Specialist for the company and I can tell you i'm so burnt out from working retail for soo long. I get paid well but nowadays I honestly just show up, go through the motions, and then go home. The amount of incompetence from management and other employees is absurd. On top of having to deal with vendors that can't competently do their job. (currently working on a $2,000 vanity order for a customer that has taken the vendor 9 months now just to send the right color vanity) As well as having to deal with some customers who are...well to put it bluntly...idiots.

I'm contemplating leaving my job and finding something new. Do you guys think it's a good idea in todays economy to leave a job that i'm established in with benefits to try and find something different? Anyone have any success or luck in doing this?

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Old 07-09-2014, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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have you thought about going college. or find job related to department you worked in. not sure if you worked in lumber area of any other specialty area. other then that find something you love to do.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd look before you quite.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would say yes sometime it a good idea to change BUT try to find what you wanna do elsewhere and then take the plunge for the new job. Unless you can survive without a job for several months it not always a good idea to quit first then search.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'd also recommend finding something new before you quit.
I might also suggest taking some kind of test that will connect your skills and passions to specific careers. I know that you can find them online... You basically answer a lot of questions about yourself and what you like and don't like, and based on your answers they say, "you might want to look into this kind of work". Could be a good tool if you aren't sure what you want to do next.
At the end of the day, we all want do something that we are passionate about or that makes a difference. I think that if you can narrow that down, it may be a good move. And for as much of our lives as we spend at work, I say that you at least enjoy it. Every day isn't going to be paradise, but it shouldn't suck the life out of you either. Life is too short.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have changed jobs several times in the last few years and have never had to look for more than a couple of months to find another. there are plenty of jobs out there if you are willing to do what it takes to get a job. This last time I had 3 offers for roughly the same money at the same time.
The key point is being willing to do what it takes to land a new job. The closest offer to my home was 300 miles away. The last two jobs were 2 and 4 hours from our home and I drove home on the weekends. This time we sold our home and moved 400 miles. I am also much happier at this job and have the benefit of having the family with me this time.
You also need to remember that at every job the troubles will be " the same song but a different verse". If you take another retail job you will find the same problems waiting but with only a slight twist. Maybe the change of location will be all you need to revitalize your outlook. Maybe not. Maybe you can find a job working sales for a factory of some kind. You will still find that the customers know very little and the factory can't get the product correct and on time. But maybe new coworkers and a different challenge will be all you need.
It could be that all you need is to change your out look on life. Join a bible study, take yoga, take some online classes, read some positive mental health books, find a new circle of friends,start a new hobby (mine is collecting paintball guns I could never afford). A new outlook on life may change how you see the people at work and make work more interesting.

If you decide to leave the job you have before finding another be sure you have 3-4 months of cash built up. Get your resume updated and have a professional critique it. That will more than pay for itself. Honestly evaluate your skills and what turns your crank, You may find that a complete career change works best, but if so you may take a pay hit for a while. Join a couple of job related social networking sites, I like Linkedin but it may not be right for your work field. Head hunters have found my last 3 jobs for me and they all so found me from my resume on the job sites. Again make sure it is professional and professionally done.

In the end only you can decide if changing jobs is right for you, but if you do there work out there, if you really want it.
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Brando made a good point. Most job services have a vocational aptitude service that will help you find what jobs fit your skills and desires best. Sometimes the results will surprise you.
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Right now is the wrong time unless you have something solid lined up. I know the retail blues, going on 3 years at my current job; good pay, reasonable benefits. I just can't dealing with incompetent nutsacks. Wait until the economy improves before jumping ship but its always a good idea to keep an ear low to the ground. Best of luck man!
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys! It helps a lot.

I try to bring up these issues with management but I just get told to "quit being so negative." Management seems to be so disconnected from everything lately. I mean I got a lecture from one manager in front of the customer about wasting the customers time because I didn't fill out the stores address on their installed sales contract and he had to do it; but hey apparently the 20 minute wait for said manager to come to my desk to sign the contract wasn't a waste of the customers time.

I tried for advancement in the company by applying for a Department manager position. For a department that I had actually been in at one time. I was one of 3 people they interviewed. After the interview I was told that I did incredibly well at the interview, so well in fact they thought I had been coached. (maybe I knew what the hell I was doing and talking about!) but they gave the position to someone who has not been with the company as long as me and literally had no experience whatsoever in that department....so my ambitions for advancement is pretty much gone at this point.

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Old 07-10-2014, 03:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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ya i hear ya im in the same boat. i stock shelves for probably 9 years now and its the same old. if its not one thing its the other. cranky manager, under staffed, customers dont really bother me anymore but i notice im not as friendly and i should be. if i do look some were els im thinking can i get at least $15 (is what im at now ) but i might have to lose some to gain otheres like a town that has stuff to do. right now i can walk to work (so far haven't been jumped ) and my apartment is some what quiet so i get sleep what i really need to be more happy in the day. life is sort just have a plan you sould alwes better your self even if you love your job who nos maybe that paintball passion will open up dream job haha
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