I hate my job and I want out. How?
November 11, 2009 4:15 PM Subscribe
I’ve worked for the same company for fifteen years and I recently started realizing I need to get out if I’m to maintain sanity. Problem is, I have no idea where to start, I feel like I’m trapped and my skills have atrophied to the point where it seems this is the only job I could possibly get. This is a multi-part question.
posted by anonymous to work & money (16 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Picture the most insane Dilbert cartoon, multiply it by Office Space, add a dose of David Brent and you might get an idea of what I’m dealing with.
I have no idea where to start: Fifteen years ago there was no monster.com and most people didn’t have email addresses. My resume was done in Amipro and still says I have experience with Lotus 123. Due to some fortunate circumstances I got this job and the one before it without really trying. I was “good with computers” which, at the time, was pretty much all they needed to hear. I’ve never gone to a recruiter or a headhunter. I’ve never had a really tough interview. Last time I actually looked for a job I circled ads in the newspaper.
Question 1: Where do I start? What’s the best format to put a resume in? What websites are the best for looking for jobs? Should I just call a headhunter, tell him my skills and wait for something?
I feel like I’m trapped: Fifteen years is sort of an investment. I get quite a bit of vacation time, it would be hard to go back to only having a week. I get paid pretty well for the work I do, considering over the years my skills have deteriorated to the point where I feel like this is the only job I’m qualified for. I’ve always been a jack of all trades, master of none. I’m in healthcare I.T. but I’m not a server guy, I’m not a DBA, I’m not a network guy, etc. I support departmental applications of all shapes and sizes, most of which nobody outside of the industry has heard of. How do I work that into a resume?
I don’t think I want to stay in healthcare. I think my ideal job (besides “astronaut”) would be working in a small IT group for a medium-sized company. Honestly, I’d probably be happiest not working in IT at all but it’s really the only thing I’m good at and probably the only thing I could do where I could get paid well and have insurance.
Question 2: How do you start over? I’m 40, I have a family, I need to have health insurance. My wife cannot get health insurance for the family. I want some vacation time to spend with them. We have some savings, so I could handle a pay cut if I had to.
Question 3: Is this even a good idea right now? I have a job that I’m well paid for and if there are any jobs at all there are a million people, people with better skills, applying for them. Should I suck it up and stick it out for another couple of years? Should I just consider myself a lifer? The devil you do know, etc.
Sorry for the ranty-ness of this post. I’ve been mulling this over for years, putting it off, and now I’m worried it’s just too late. I honestly have no clue how to get started with all this.
I know I'm lucky to have a job, I know it's my own fault that I let my skills and resume lapse. Still though, I gotta get out of here. I'm in the Boston area, if that matters.