Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Window of Opportunity

I've mentioned before that Steve is unhappy with his current job. He's been looking for a new one for a couple years, but so far hasn't had much luck. Because he's the sole provider for our family, he can't take just any job. It has to pay enough to support us.

There aren't a lot of job opportunities in this area and with unemployment at nearly 10%, competition is pretty fierce for any that do become available. He's applied for any decent jobs that have come available. We've sent out tons of resumes. We've networked. We've prayed. Yesterday a window of opportunity finally opened.

We live in a small town. As anyone who has ever lived in one can tell you, who you know is just as important as what skills you have when it comes to finding a good job. A friend of mine and I once both applied for the same job. Even though I had the skills and experience and she had neither, she got the job because someone in her family worked there.

Anyway, Steve has been trying to get on with this one particular company for about a year  It pays good. They have good benefits (his current job has none). They provide assistance in getting industry certifications. They don't have many openings because their employees tend to stay with them.

He has applied every single time this company posted an opening, but hasn't been successful yet. Then a while back he met someone that works there through a mutual acquaintance and they became friends. He mentioned to the friend that he had been trying to get on at the company and said he'd appreciate it if he put a good word in for him if a position opened up.

It paid off. The friend is transferring to another location in the company to be closer to his family. When his supervisor asked if he knew anyone who could fill his spot, he recommended Steve as his replacement. The supervisor told him to have Steve call him Monday morning to schedule an interview.

There is a some downside to this job. One, he has to commute, which means we have the added expense of more gas. We can reduce the cost somewhat by swapping vehicles, him driving my car and me taking the truck, but it's still going to cost more. Thankfully school is almost out, which will cut down on the amount of driving I have to do.

Two, we're not going to have as much time together. He'll be up and gone to work a couple hours before I get up and going to bed about the same time our daughter does. He'll have the weekends off so we'll have that time, but it's going to be a big adjustment not having our alone time in the evenings and the occasional morning like we do now.

I'm trying to focus on the positives. It will enable Steve to get away from his current job, which he hates and is always stressed over. We will be able to pay off all our debt and buy a house. We'll all have health insurance instead of just out daughter. We'll be able to afford the extras like a family vacation. We haven't been on one in 5 years and that one was only a weekend getaway.

And the real selling point for me is that we'll finally be able to move back to my hometown, which is where we lived when we first got married. I didn't want to leave there, but a couple months after we got married, Steve got offered what appeared to be a great job here. The job turned out to be not as good as promised and we've been stuck here ever since because we couldn't afford to move back.

Since this company has another location in my hometown, Steve can request a transfer there after he's been with the company for a year. Or he can use the certifications the company will help him get as a springboard to a job with another company.

For us, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks so we're both praying that his interview goes well and he gets offered the job. We would appreciate any prayers or positive thoughts you have to offer as well.

16 comments:

  1. Definitely will be praying for you. It will be a hard year until he can transfer, but it might surprise you by not being all that bad. :) And all the benefits, are so great. :) Congrats! :)

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    1. Thanks Es May. The hardest part for me is going to be having less alone time. When we don't get much time together I start drifting and tend to get too independent for my own good, which isn't good for us as a couple.

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  2. Sending heaps of prayers your way :) I know how hard it is when your H hates his job and then finally gets a great one far from home. It happened to us in December.

    Good Luck :D

    Callie

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    1. Thanks Callie. Hopefully he'll land the job and we'll figure out a way to make this all work. I will be glad to see him get away from his current job though as it causes a lot of stress on both of us.

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  3. Praying for you! A job you enjoy is so important!

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  4. Hope it works out well. Keep us posted.
    Bea

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    1. Thanks Bea. As soon as we get some news, I'll be sure to share.

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  5. positive thoughts coming your way

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  6. Hi Dana, congratulations re: Steve's new job! I'm guessing that Steve now having a job that makes him happy will bring good changes for everyone. Benefits are good to have as well. Warm thoughts and prayers coming your way. Hugs!

    <3 Katie

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    1. Thanks Katie. The benefits are definitely a big plus.

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  7. Hi Dana, what wonderful news! It definitely sounds as though the positives will outweigh the negatives. It certainly is no fun being in a job, or with a company you dislike.

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for a good outcome.

    Hugs,
    Roz

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    1. Thanks Roz. Seeing Steve get ready for work in the mornings just kills me. You can tell just by looking at him that he's dreading it, yet he goes anyway because we need the money. We talked at one point about me going back to work, but it's important for us to have one stay at home parent. Plus when we figured in the added expenses of me working (childcare, more gas, etc), it just wasn't worth it.

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  8. I will be praying that God will bless you and your family with this job or if not that he will provide something even better. Love and Prayers, Belle L.

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  9. Aw good for you for trying to focus on the positives! I hope things turn out happy :)

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