I am at a crossroads career wise and need to make a decision on what’s next.
December 1,2023 at 1:02PM UTC
I worked for a large firm that is part of a public company with many different subsidiaries. I was hired into a leadership position 2.5 years ago and year 1.5 were great in terms of my performance and what I delivered but it burned me out working 70 and even sometimes 80 hour weeks. I took a medical leave for 2 months and when I returned they gave my role to someone else so I only returned part-time. In September I was part of a firm-wide layoff (along with anyone who could legit do the work based on skill that I previously used to lead). Leading up to this, the person who was given my job would gaslight me but need me to do almost all the work as they did not have the skill set-taking credit for all my successes and laying blame on me for poor business outcomes resulting from their decisions not my actions or direction. The lay off was a relief so I could have a severance package, take some time and figure out what’s next. I had just begun looking at new roles to apply for when a colleague from a sister company in the former corporation reached out for some freelance support this felt like a good tip toe back into working, well while wrapping up final steps HR said a senior executive wanted to speak with me about my planned hours (struck me as odd as folks at that level don’t usually spend time on a freelancer). But I hopped on the phone with said leader and they asked if I would want to join in a similar role I had been originally hired for in my last company. I played it as let’s keep talking and see if we’re the right fit for each other but am trying to decide of I should just say yes and take the full time job? After my last role, I had written off this industry and hadn’t planned to rejoin this sector let alone the same corporate parent but it is a good salary, I wouldn’t have to job hunt, and I could continue to work remotely and travel as needed-all things that are proving more challenging as I have started browsing new roles. My fear is it will turn out like my last experience and leave me unfulfilled, burned out and feeling defeated. Do I go for the full time job or look elsewhere while doing a little work for them while they find someone else?
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Done With Temp Agencies
I tried to update my availability with a local temp agency.
They pressed me for references. I had questions about the positions they were offering. I was told that they can't help me because the last 4 years of my experience was remote.
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Their little computer bot kept requesting that I send references. I asked my references to disregard their email and we've all blocked them! (Too many "other" choices....NEXT!)
Has anyone else experienced this?
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Any illness keeping you from work is a disability.
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I'm a software developer from China, my plan for this year is to try to find remote jobs on foreign sites, can anyone give me some advice?
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Does this sound strange to you?
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Not Related to My Work
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