Cleaned out my desk today

I had the opportunity to clean out my desk of my personal things at work today. It finally occurred to me that I won’t be going there anymore. I’ve gone to the same office for the last 2 years, and it will be wierd not going there.

It made me think about what I should do with my 401k. I’m not sure the differences in the rollover options, but it’s about $1k that I’ve made for retirement in the last year. Not too bad for only contributing 3%. Maybe someone can chime in on the choices.

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I took the job!

I was formally offered the job on Thursday and told the manager that I needed overnight to make a decision. I agreed to start on July 30th. I am scared about the transition, and some shady things my employer has done in the past, but I’ll make it. In the end, I know that this is the right decision for me. I increased my salary by $2600/year, and my benefits have increased too. I’m glad that I decided to take it. Thanks for everyone’s advice the other day. You really helped me to make the right decision for me.

Need some advice

I am about to get a job offer. They want me to start on July 30th. August 1st is my anniversary for my current job, at which time I’ll get 3 weeks vacation. If I stay until the 1st, they have to pay me out for it. BUT, I may lose the offer if I can’t start on the 30th….

If you were me, what would you do?

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Some things to consider when changing jobs

I’ve been in the market to change jobs for a while now. I just feel under appreciated and it’s effecting my morale at work. Here are a few things to consider when changing jobs:

  • With my history of health issues, it’s important for me to consider any waiting periods for health insurance. Make sure that you are entitled to COBRA if you have a waiting period.
  • Ask about 401K options. I may have to roll over my 100% vested plan into a Roth IRA if I leave my current employer.
  • Make sure that you use non-work contact information, cell phone or home phone with voice mail will work best for potential employers contacting you for an interview.
  • Clean up your personal items from your desk. Don’t leave any personal files on your computer and delete all personal emails. If possible, make sure your friends who have you on their “joke list” know that’s not your email anymore.
  • Have references lined up from your current job and letters of recommendation if needed.
  • If you’ve quit, make sure you have a good reason for leaving your current position. Mine is going to be “To be honest, I wasn’t considering a move, but, I saw this job posting and was intrigued by the position and the company. It sounds like an exciting opportunity and an ideal match with my qualifications.”
  • If you’re worried about getting caught looking for a job, there are anonymous sites out there that let you apply anonymously if you’re applying online.
  • Remember to leave with a proper notice. You don’t want to burn any bridges at your current employer. You are not obligated to stay past the notice given or stated in your contract. In your resignation, don’t say any more than you have to. A simple “I’ve found another opportunity” should suffice. If your employer asks, keep in mind that it’s none of their business.
  • FINALLY, don’t forget to return any company property you may have. Keys, documents, computers, phones, and anything else that doesn’t belong to you.

Good Luck!

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Answering some Comments – 3

Kellie says:

So you got promoted to a supervisor without a pay increase? Yikes. Your old supervisor should have done a performance review before she left or at least wrote up a review of each of the employees and what was on the agenda. This is what happens at my company.

I would certainly plead your case to your new supervisor and explain that it is unreasonable for she/he to think you will remain in a position where your job responsibilities has increased but your pay has not. If he/she refuses to budge than I would go above them since he/she is your new supervisor. Can you step down and get your old job back?

My old supervisor was great. We saw each other Friday night for another of my co-worker’s going away party. She didn’t think that this would happen to me, and of course we got nothing in writing. Im not the only one who got the shaft, there are two other girls in the same position. One is having her review this week, after being in the new position for a year with no increase. She has alot more responsibility than me, she runs another office within our practice. I know for a fact that when she goes out on maternity leave in July, she will not be coming back. She has been with the company for over 5 years and is going to be looking for a new position while she’s out.

As far as getting my old job back, they filled the position before I moved to the new position. In my old department, they are looking for a part-time person, and I just can’t work part-time. I can’t even pay my bills now and in the handbook, the say we can’t moonlight. So, I’m theoretically stuck until I find a new position. My co-workers and I regularly have a discussion about how unappreciated we feel. I am not a person who needs told all the time that I do a good job, but an occasional “thank you” makes all the difference in the world.

Now, going beyond my new boss is impossible since she’s the top dog. Other than the doctors who own the practice, she’s the one. I have several resumes out and will be praying to whatever god I need to to find a new job.

*As a side note* This is the same supervisor who says that we can’t take time off without pay, and will put you in the hole then make you pay it back. The co-worker whose party I was at Friday night, they claimed she owed 44 1/2 hours of time that they made her take. So, seeing that they made her pay it back, when someone else didn’t have to, just goes to show you what kind of troll my new supervisor is. 😦

5/8/07

I think I need another vacation. Work is stressing me out, I feel like I’m a pauper, and I don’t like any of it. Overworked and underpaid is a statement I say frequently. Eight months ago I was promoted. When I took the position, I was told that after three months, I would have a performance review and my current salary (hourly) would be reviewed for an increase. Then, all of a sudden, my old supervisor who had made these statements, left the company. Now with the new administrator, I won’t get any kind of increase until my annual review, in August. It’s so discouraging because I went from someone with no responsibility to someone who is a supervisor, and I have WAY more responsibility for the same pay as when I had none. Every day I say to myself, why am I doing this? I mean, I could have had less stress for the same pay. My job has called me on Sunday for something that could have waited until Monday. They cut out all OT and now I can’t pay my bills. Yes, it’s my fault for basing my income on OT, but when I changed positions I was told my hours were 8 to 5 with a 30 minute lunch. So this means about 5 hours OT every pay period. It was like that for about 7 months, how could I NOT have based my income off that? It was consistently coming in. Anyways, I feel like I’m being taken advantage of, and it’s not cool. If anyone has any suggestions on what I can do to improve my situation short of telling my boss to F-off, please let me know.

I’m actively looking for another job, I’m in school to improve myself and get that 4-year degree. I just don’t know what to do.

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It’s a sad, sad day

Kevin Goich

Today I went to the funeral of an 18 year old boy who was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday. There were over 1000 people in attendance. His friend and him went four-wheeling after classes Monday, which turned out to be about 10am, and when they didn’t check in to their homes for dinner, the parents called police. There was a search and they were found in their upside down Toyota 4×4 in a rock quarry, 40 feet down. The one boy died at the scene, while the boy whose funeral was today died at the hospital on Tuesday. I work with the boy’s mother, who was on vacation in Europe at the time. I truly can’t imagine what she was feeling today. I never knew the boy, but after the memorial mass today, I’m sorry that I didn’t. He was a bright young man about to go to Syracuse University to study engineering in the honors program on full scholarships. He was not your typical teenager, he actually liked to spend time with his parents and his little brother. I didn’t when I was his age. Since I didn’t know him, I didn’t think that I would be emotional. I was wrong. I wept for the pain of my coworker who just lost her son too soon. I wept for the friends who lost someone so special, and I wept for the boy who was taken by his maker.

But today got me to thinking, would I have the turn out at my funeral that he did? Would anyone go? Would people remember me like they remembered him? I honestly don’t think that I would have 20 people at my funeral, and no one would say such beautiful things about me. I want to know what I can do to make myself a better person. Most importantly, I want to leave my family a legacy, and if I were to die right now, I couldn’t do that.

What do you do that ensures your family is well taken care of in the event of your death?