Losing My Six Figure Job – 30 Days

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Hi….I am back again to give you an update about Losing My Six Figure Job.

I only have 30 days left and I am getting pretty excited.

It’s like waiting for your dream vacation. I’m so anxious to see what great things are coming my way in the future.

I have been working long hours and even some weekends to help get all of my work transitioned. It has been very challenging to say the least. My employer still will not allow me to tell my team that I am leaving. They are going to wait until the last 2 weeks to tell them, which I think is a horrible idea.

There is no way that I can transition 6 years worth of knowledge to my team in 2 weeks. I have decided to stop worrying about it and just do the best that I can. Is it an ideal situation? Nope! but sometimes we don’t get to choose what we think is right or wrong.

Anyway, back to the story.

The company continues to involve me in projects that will go past my end date and it just blows my mind. I keep asking to be taken off of the new projects so that I can focus on my transition plan but my requests seem to fall on deaf ears. I often wonder, how are they going to have a good grasp on things if they keep assigning new projects to me? Oh well, I guess that will be for them to figure out. I have ultimately determined that if they aren’t worried about it…..then neither should I.

I think they were really counting on being able to ask me stay as long as they needed me (past March 15) but I have decided that I would rather move on and move forward. I think that came as a surprise to them but at the end of the day, it is no longer about them. It is about what I want with my life and career. They made their choice and I respect that, but I am no longer interested in helping them past my designated exit date. It’s not personal, I just want to start the next chapter of my journey.

Luckily most of the drama has settled down and I don’t feel as uncomfortable as I did in the beginning. My leaving is still a pretty big secret and most of my colleagues will be shocked and confused. Who knows how I will handle those moments when they finally arrive as I am sure they will be somewhat awkward.

Let’s hope I will hold my head high and be proud of what I have accomplished. I will also be grateful for some of the wonderful relationships that I have built with many of my colleagues.

What’s next???

Most of you are not aware that I will be moving into a house at the end of February and I am getting very excited. It will add an additional 15-20 minutes onto my current commute, but hey……..I only have to make that drive for 2 more weeks after I move, so I can’t complain.

I haven’t really been pursuing other employment opportunities, as I have been focused on finishing up my transition plan with my current employer. Frankly, I am not in a big rush to find another job considering that I will be leaving with enough income to get by for almost a year before I have to find work again. This is obviously a huge relief for which I am very thankful.

However, I had a friend contact me and tell me about an opportunity with a very large company that recently relocated to the area that I am moving to in February. The position would be perfect for me and it would only be a 10 minute commute from my new place. So I took the plunge and applied for the position at the beginning of February.

I had my first phone interview with them on February 6th and I am expecting to hear back from them on February 17th.

So how did I explain my situation?

I thought about that exact question for hours. I thought, should I be vague and say I wanted to work closer to my new home or should I be transparent about my situation. Ultimately I chose to be transparent. After all, I would hate to get down the road in the interview process and for them to find out the details. Integrity is very important to me and I just didn’t want to deal with the issues that could arise from not being honest.

I found out yesterday that they decided to go with a different candidate because my “salary” was too high! WHAT??????

I will literally be unemployed in 30 days. For the love of God……make me an offer!

Oh well, I am a smidge disappointed….. but I have decided that I will not lose sleep over this. It just means that there are bigger and better things coming my way. As I always love to say “Things Happen For A Reason”

Stay tuned for my next update……coming soon.

Until next time my friends, Christie

 

 

2 comments

  1. Good for you on being transparent! You know…your blog kind of reminds me of the early days of Michelle Schroeder Gardner. She eventually evolved from journaling her life to her current blog, but those early days are what made her so endearing to her audience. I LOVE how your blog is beginning. DON’T STOP! I am in the process of starting yet another brand new blog from scratch (I think), and I’m excited to see where it takes me this time. I’ve got too many blogs.

    I’m a freelance copywriter, so writing is totally my thing. lol

    Anyway…I love reading your blog. Keep us updated, please! 🙂

    1. Hi Christi – Great name by the way 😉 Thank you for your honest feedback. I will have to check Michelle out to see how things have turned out for her. Your kind words are very encouraging as I am new to blogging. I have always written in a journal to track important things in my life (and to stay organized) but nothing like a blog. I am getting ready the launch a redesign of the website in the next few months and I am super excited about that. I am learning new things every day and meeting some really great people (like yourself). I hope that my blog can evolve into something that is helpful to others.

      Congrats on starting your new blog. Please be sure to share it with us in the comments section. I hope it takes off and allows you the freedom to keep doing something you love!
      Thanks again…..Christie 🙂

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