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  1. I’m Not Moving Up at Work (And Why)

    March 10, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    Lately at work I seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock represents my desire to move up but the hard place represents the fact that I don’t want to move up in my department. The bottom line is – I’m not moving up at work and it’s (partially) my own fault.

    This has resulted in a laborious feeling of continue to try and do a good job yet feeling stuck at the same time. I’ve already expressed to my boss(es) that I don’t want to advance in the career track my role represents, but I don’t want to stay in my current position. I’ve been in this role about a year and a half now and I am not learning anything new nor am I taking on new responsibility. I’m restless and unhappy with what I do.

    What do I want to do instead, though?

    I want to work with social media, blogging, and writing. Tragically, social media jobs right now pay minimum wage (a sign of their value, I think). And the only well paying job that deals with this type of work has a title of “management” slapped to it with the requirement you need five to ten years experience or more (has social media been around ten years by the way?).

    I do look around, but I’m not finding anything. Plus, I’m left with this awful feeling of being disappointed I’m not getting recognized at work and yet hoping I can move on into a better suitable position, more than likely outside of this company.

    And yes, I have told them the areas I want to work in – and it wouldn’t be that far off the company would have work in those three areas – but they stare at me with a blank look like I’ve asked to lick their shoes clean. It obviously won’t happen and I’ve told them twice now the areas I want to move into and how I feel about this current job.

    so, I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I know I’m not alone and a lot of people are stuck these days – this blog is proof of that – but I just needed to vent about it.


  2. Standing Up For Myself at Work (& My True Passion)

    December 7, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    On Tuesday, I spoke with the lady I assist at work and she accused me of being a doormat. This is right after I had apologized to a company for emailing them too much (after she had just told me they had complained to her about me emailing them too much). There’s a lot of things I am, but being a doormat, is not one of them.

    This was the final straw. This was on top of crying at least twice a week and my whole Thanksgiving being ruined because she had reamed me out over a mistake I made. She has no understanding or patience and the expectation for perfection has made me want to tear my hair out.

    On December 4th (my birthday), I decided to stand up for myself. I spoke to my boss and told her I wasn’t interested in being an assistant anymore. She asked whether I felt this way in general about the job duties or whether or not I wanted to assist this one lady. I explained it was a mix of both. She asked what career path I would be interested in.

    That’s when I said it…

    I said my true passion is writing and if I could somehow find a position in the creative department, that would be more in line with what I want to do.

    So, long story short, I will no longer be working in a department I don’t have any feelings for and I won’t be assisting a woman that has made my work experience a living hell. (And I’m not the only one, she went through four assistants before me).

    I don’t know what will happen on Monday (I have worked from home Thursday and Friday because I was “sick.” Although mostly, because I wanted to avoid going in when they told her). But no matter what, I am proud of myself.