I have had yet another interview for a job last week. I applied and very quickly received a call from the HR department arranging an interview within days. It all happened very quickly and I was told I would find out about the decision quickly too —- BUT —- I haven’t, it has gone quiet again.
Now, I think I answered the questions quite well. They told me lots about the workplace and the role and I actually felt sold on it. I had been a little unsure before I went for the interview as the job specification was not very detailed and so I wasn’t sure if it would suit me. Walking around the place and meeting the people helped to get a better view.
Now that it has gone quiet, I feel that this means that it is a ‘No’. Its disappointing as it seems that my ‘summer holiday’ is actually having a bit of a detrimental effect. Leaving my last job without having another one to go to seems to be being viewed in a bad light.
I haven’t been a sofa-surfer during this time, watching day-time TV until I could have this as my mastermind specialist subject. I haven’t been touring the world on a condensed gap year either! I am a hard working type and I have worked in an area that has meant working long hours and weekends. Why can’t I have a break and then re-enter feeling recharged and ready for the next challenge.
I was reading an article recently on a charity worker who was working long hours and was tired. They had a sense of pride in what they were doing – as I did in the roles I have had. I could agree with their comments on missing out on social meetings with friends due to workloads – or last minute crisis that meant you have had to be the person to go in (because others had said no).
What hit me was their comment — “I started to feel ill – nauseous with lots of headaches.”
That was ME! That was how I was feeling while working at my last place. Their doctor said these were due to burnout and stress. They were signed off by their doctor, off work for 2 months at least, they have returned to work now – it looks like they were able to return to their original job and now actively looks for a healthy work-life balance.
They have learnt to toughen up and say ‘no’. (You should be able to say ‘no’ and not lose your job!)
Something I need to do too, but first I need to find the right job. It is frustrating at the moment, job hunting is a full-time job itself and finding that “right one” is even harder when you are competing with at least 50 others for each application. I will keep plugging on and see what happens, I will ignore the stock market affects on my net worth and keep searching for a new job. I am just glad I have my FI pot to support me.