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Thread: Job Interview

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    Junior Member mochasue's Avatar
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    Good morning all. I have been at the same job for 16 years now. It is in construction and I am the office manager. Well, it is very slow and very boring. So....I have been looking for a new job. I just got a job interview at a nursing home as an office manager. First of all, my current job has gone to part time (20 hrs). I only work 3 days a week, but the pay is very good. This new job will be 40 hours a week but only $13 per hour. I'm sure there will be raises and such, but the biggest problem is that when I walked into the facility it smelled so bad. Kind of like bleach and cabbage. Will I get used to that? The other problem is that I will only be making about $100 more a week and working 20 more hours. Is that really worth it? I am just so bored at my current job. My boss is fabulous and l love them like my family. I doubt I will ever gain my hours back. Big bonus at current job is that I get to quilt on my days off. Sat-Tue. What do you think. Is it worth leaving and getting into another career?

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    If you are financially able to stay were you are, I would. I am retired and the the time at home/not working is priceless. Of course, you are young and it may be necessary for you to make more money than you are. I thank God for the people that work in a nursing home and those that truly make a difference. I couldn't do it. I have a caring heart and I would be sad all the time. BUT, I would want someone there to keep an eye on the employees that are mean, dishonest and plain hateful.

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    I think I would stay where I am. Look around your work area as if this is your first day on a new job. Saying "self(not out loud) what can I do make this into a nice work area. I know I am going to love this job."

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    I don't know about the time and the money part...hard decision!! But, I want to chime in and say that I work in a hospital and have for years, but my first month was pretty rough due to odors. Not a problem now, truly. And I think if I can overcome smells, anyone can!! I hope I'm not wrong about that for you!

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    I hard to say this but you may find your clothes smelling like the nurseing home. Even if the job you have is slow right now.
    It could pick back up depending on what type building the boss is in.
    Also when its slow maybe the boss will let you do hand work while your waiting for the phone to ring. I have a hard time of just sitting and not haveing thing to keep me busy at a job so I read. the boss didn't like me doing that so he found me more to do. So it worked out for the better.

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    Hmmmm. My current job (where I am at the moment) I am only working 19 hours a week. 3 days. But this is my choice. We don't need the income from my working more. I could work 30 hours if I wanted to, they certainly would love it if I did. I do work more during tax season because this is an accounting firm. I make $21 an hour plus some benefits. I personally don't want to work more hours, so I would say stay and enjoy your time off.
    However, 99% of the time I am not bored. I have the phones and people and numbers that need working with. Occasionally I have days like today where the boss is out of the office and there is not much work for me to do but they need me here in case someone calls or comes by.
    Is there something else you can do at your work so you won't be so bored? Are you allowed to bring in some hand work to do?
    I wish I could quit and quilt and volunteer some more but I have a daughter getting married in October and I have to be able to pay for this wedding somehow (400 guests!!)

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    Sounds like you have quite the decision to make. After 16 years of service you really are family and that is special. I would visit the Nursing home again and hopefully the bleach and cabbage smell was not a permanent smell. Whatever you decide, it will be the best decision for yourself.

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    Its hard to find people you "like" to work for sounds like you have a hard call to make.

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    Well, the other reason I even considered this job is that my mother is in a nursing home with Alzhiemers that is owned by this company and I now have a new passion for these people. My mother is only 69. I'm afraid that I'm going to get Alz. if I don't keep my mind busy.

    The money isn't the biggest issue because we are not talking a significant amount. I really just don't like being bored at work. I feel like I'm wasting my time just sitting at my desk waiting for the phone to ring or for somebody to walk in. Construction is very slow right now and I don't see it picking up. I love having 4 days off, that time is priceless!

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    Junior Member mochasue's Avatar
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    It is a hard decision to make. I love the people I work for. As far as the nursing home goes...it always smells the same. I'm just wondering if I would get used to it. I visit my mom about 3 times per week at the other location and it smells the same. It's probably their cleaning agent and the food.

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