A couple months ago, I was informed by my employer that the contract we had with the company we did work for was being given to someone else. That meant that at the end of the year, I’d be out of a job because that’s the only contract my employer had. After working there for almost 8 years, it was a kick in the gut. It wasn’t something I was expecting. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next.
They were going to give me a severance package that would have given me around 2 months worth of pay if I stuck it out with them until the end. Since most of the jobs available, for someone with my qualifications anyway, were of the seasonal variety, I was going to ride it out, collect the severance pay, and go from there. So, I put the thoughts of a new job on the back burner and went about my business as usual.
Then, right before Thanksgiving, a guy I used to work with posted about a job opening working for him. I would’ve ignored it, as part of my “waiting for the end” plan, but it was a decent jump in pay. A jump that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get if I waited. So, I applied for it, I had my interview on Black Friday, and was eventually offered the job. After waiting for my background check and drug test to come back, I had my orientation this afternoon.
The upside to this job, obviously, is the increase in pay. The downside is my schedule. I’m not really working the hours I want right now. I was told that, down the road, I’d be able to move to the hours I want when a position becomes available though, so I’m willing to go along with it for now. It also means that I’m back to working on weekends, something that I haven’t had to do since I worked for Walmart.
Hopefully, this job is worth the horrible hours. Hopefully, it’s a good job. Hopefully, this all works out.