Nancy
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It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:00 am

It might just be the acid indigestion talking, but I think that it's time for me and my current job to part ways. I've been miserable for months. It seems to be a complete no win situation. As a teacher I'm being directed to do things that won't work, when they don't work it's my fault and when I don't do them it's reported to my supervisor. I can't stand the constant barrage of criticism, stress and unmeetable goals that are being set for me. That said, I teach a self contained classroom for kids with autism. Not a job that is widely envied. I have been assaulted several times and I have heard more than once (from my boss) that I have very little work and I should have no problems rewriting 11 entire subject matters at 4-5 different levels, buying my own books and rewriting the text books while maintaining an out of contract teaching schedule. So tell me your stories of job searches, horrible and wonderful, good and bad advice (like how to keep my current employer from knowing that I am looking elsewhere) and prepare me to say "So long and thanks for all the fish" which no one there will get because they're a bunch of fools who never read "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!
 
skysurfer
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:39 am

Well, i really respect what you do, that's for sure. I think it takes alot to be a teacher, no matter if they're 'special' needs or not, so i congratulate you on that one. If you put of resumes/cv's etc, just mak sure that in your cover letter you ask them not to contact your employer until after your interview. There's no need to contact them before you have an interview.
I'm looking for a new job, actually i'm looking to go back to college to get certified in a trade, but it's the money factor that is stopping me. I still look for other jobs, but living by myself doesn't make it any easier, especially when it comes to paying the bills etc. But i think if you've had enough and you have a solution then go for it and don't look back. Right now i'm looking at scrapping my xmas holiday back to to England for the 1st time in 4.5 years and moving to Alberta instead!!!

Cheers and good luck
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TPASXM787
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:51 am

I'm not a teacher, but I was faced with a similar situation in Nov/Dec. I made the switch from my old job where I was constantly bitched at despite making numbers every month, and even when I did my job well I was bitched at for not doing it the right way. Every day I woke up, looked at the alarm clock, and said "fuck, again?" These were the first words out of my mouth every day for a year. I finally gave up and looked hard for a new job. I stayed there while I was looking, and believe me they were the longest months that I like.

I got a new job in Comsumer Lending at a credit union, and it was the best decision that I ever made. I even make a little less money right now, but that wasn't what was important. Not being miserable every day is. In a way I took a step back to take two steps forward.

So far, best decision that I ever made.

Hope this helps and good luck. I know how you feel
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jafa39
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:56 am

Quoting Nancy (Thread starter):
they're a bunch of fools who never read "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!

Comments like that may lead to the long dark tea-time of the soul, there is not a salmon of doubt that you assume too much about our literary tastes!!  

[Edited 2006-01-10 02:57:16]
We, the undersigned, do hereby consent.....
 
doug_or
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:09 am

There is no feeling like quitting a job you hate. I was miserable at my last job, and I kept convinceing myself I was going to quit. Picturing myself quitting would calm me down enough that owrk would be more bearable. Wash, rinse, repeat. The day I quit it was like a million pounds off my shoulders. I didn't have a job, I didn't have anywhere to go, and I didn't have any money.

I brough my towel, and things worked out. I'm many times happier and don't ever look back.

edit: don't worry about letting your employer know you're looking. I was shocked when my boss offered me the moon and stars. I didn't think I was very good at my job, and because of the structure, I didn't even think he could do something if he wanted to. Even if your job doesn't become what you want it to be, at least it might suck less while you're looking. You don't need to be shamful about looking for a job, you deserve better and you should be proud that your better than that.

[Edited 2006-01-10 03:15:38]
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CaptOveur
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting Nancy (Thread starter):
I've been miserable for months.

You mean that's not normal?

Quoting Nancy (Thread starter):
As a teacher I'm being directed to do things that won't work, when they don't work it's my fault and when I don't do them it's reported to my supervisor.

That is every job I have ever had, and probably will have

Quoting Nancy (Thread starter):
I can't stand the constant barrage of criticism, stress and unmeetable goals that are being set for me.

Ditto the above

Quoting Nancy (Thread starter):
Not a job that is widely envied.

Neither is living with LHMark, but yet you continue.



Seriously though.. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. If you hate what you are doing see what else you can do.
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melpax
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:41 pm

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 2):
I made the switch from my old job where I was constantly bitched at despite making numbers every month, and even when I did my job well I was bitched at for not doing it the right way. Every day I woke up, looked at the alarm clock, and said "fuck, again?"

I was in a similar situation myself a few years ago. I was a 2IC with a retail chain, where I was continually putting in 12-13 hour days & working up to 3 weeks straight without a day off (including weekends) for $26000 a year (salary, no overtime). I was continually getting greif from my area manager, even when sales were above budgets & I was close to breaking point. I found a postion with a government department where the stress levels are a lot less & I have a life again! My current bosses rolled their eyes when I told them about where I used to work. Getting out was the best thing I ever did.

Good Luck!
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ABfemme
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:04 pm

Hi Nancy

Seeing as I am having the exact same feelings about the job I am doing I can't help, only thing I can say is you are not alone in your quest to get out of the hole you are in. I too am looking for another job, but I don't care if my employers know, I'm past the point of caring (excuse the pun,check my profile!)

Keep looking, you have a respected Qualification and in time I'm pretty sure something else will come along. Til then, relish the fact that you have decided to do something positive.

Good luck

Claire  crossfingers 
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LHMark
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RE: It's Time To Change Jobs

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:26 am

Just don't change jobs the way we do.

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