Tuesday, November 25, 2014

when you realize the job isn't for you

friday, november 28th...

that's the day.  the last day of being a newspaper sales rep.  some of you may be wondering "what? when did you become a newspaper sales rep?" um about 3 months ago, which makes this job the shortest career i've ever had.

let me tell you how this all got started...

i previously worked as a customer relations manager at our local chevy dealership, and i loved it!  i loved the people i worked with, and my boss was amazing.  but the money wasn't the best.  so i decided to start looking elsewhere.  a friend of mine was a sales rep for a local newspaper and was in the process of moving.  so after a couple glasses of wine, and a plate of nachos later, her job sounded like the best thing since sliced bread.  "the freedom, oh the freedom" she said.  and the money didn't sound half bad either.  so i decided that i would talk to the publisher.

a few weeks later i was driving to my very first day as a newspaper sales rep.  to say that i was nervous was an understatement.  i hadn't sold a damn thing in my entire life, and now i was going to be selling newspaper ads.  something that most people don't want to buy.  what was i thinking?  i wasn't.

fast forward to a few months down the road...

so everything that i did to make myself look decent on a daily basis all went out the window.  i just didn't have time.  shaving my legs was not at the top of my priority list, and to this day i still have the same polish on my toes that i did before i went to mexico (that was 2 months ago).

so needless to say, i was stressed to the max.  i slept all the time, and when i was awake i wobbled around like a character on the walking dead.  i was also starting to despise my car.  being in your car all day every day gets to be a bit much.  i had to do something and quick.

for those of you that don't know, i'm not a quitter.  i hate quitting anything.  i feel lousy!  and the feeling of letting people down just sucks!  i kept thinking to myself, "just hang in there" but it just kept getting worse.  so i decided to do the unthinkable.  i quit...

i pulled my boss upstairs to the conference room and started bawling.  i'm talking big, BIG tears!  i was a complete mess.  he knew right away how unhappy i was.

i gave him 3 weeks.  and as soon as i walked out of the office, i felt like the weight of the world had been lifted.

never in my life did i ever think that i would be so unhappy at a job.  but in hindsight i'm glad i tried it out for that short period.  i learned quite a bit.  i now have a whole new respect for newspapers. i've met some pretty amazing people along the way, and i think i can say that i've toughened up a little ;)

so all in all, this definitely was a life changing experience.  i will be taking a week off next week, and then i start my new position as a receptionist on december 8th.  i will be working at an ear nose and throat doctor.  it will be less hours, which will leave time to assist my husband in his business when needed.

so a little word of advice for anyone who feels like their in limbo land with their job situation.  it's way more important to be happy, than it is to make money.

2 comments:

  1. Definitely more important to be happy! I was in advertising sales at a newspaper after college and worked there for 4 years. I learned SO much and definitely loved the people and the fast pace, but the stress and the sales goals were outrageous for me. I had to step away and find something that didn't stress me out so much. Good for you for taking care of yourself! Best of luck!

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  2. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

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