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.


  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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