It’s the one subject I haven’t covered yet….but now, it seems all too timely.
First, this is going to be my final guest post for Job Stalker – I have already e-mailed Brendan (did so two weeks ago). I wish I could say that I’ve found a steady gig, but I’ve been fortunate enough to keep busy freelancing (which has helped with this blog). In addition, I have my own Chicago Now blog which is focusing on my professional interests….
….But many people right now are attempting to make a major decision: do I quit this job I dislike despite a daunting job search environment, or do I stay unhappy with a steady paycheck?
In all honesty, I don’t have an answer: having been on both sides of that equation (with the third option of “being let go”), it’s not something with an easy, straightforward answer. No matter what, it’s the kind of decision that should never be made lightly, or without some preparation.
It’s kind of the reason why I’m leaving this particular blog – part of it is that I think I’ve said all that I can say about being unemployed, but part of me realizes that in order to be open for opportunities, there are some activities that I have to relinquish. Trust me, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to build my online presence, and thank Brendan for asking me to contribute on a regular basis.
Facing the search for meaningful work in a relatively moribund economy is one of the scariest, most intimidating experiences anyone can undergo. I hope that, in my blogging, I’ve been able to share the things I’ve learned, and thankfully, have learned several things.
Mostly, I’m glad for the experience….but as winter slowly creeps in, it’s time for me to focus on finding meaningful work, and transitioning into a much more productive space.
As always, thanks for reading…and for the experience.
For those who are still looking, good luck!