I am mid-career transitioning from individual contributor to more of a leadership roles. It seems like more executive leaders are used to meeting over lunch. We recently finished a project with a major international consulting company and their head partner reached out to meet over lunch.
Does anyone have tips on what to expect?
I'm used to booking a meeting room and discussing scope or problems we want to solve. Having something so casual is very foreign to me.
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I don’t want to work in social services any longer.
I am burned out and losing myself. My workplace was extremely toxic. I don’t know what to do next. And I’m 37 years old. I need motivation and ideas. I feel only having “people skills” isn’t enough to transition to a new career.
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Is it ever a good idea to resign on principle?
I posted "A Coup D'Etat" here earlier. Short version, one of 2 founders of a nonprofit decided she was going to boot the other out of the org, using a series of underhanded tactics, with cronies who have committed illegal acts like wage theft.
I've been looking for work, got 3 interviews and was ghosted by all of them afterward. I've had a lot of one-step-from-rage-quitting moments at work, but this one took the cake.
I can't go into detail without outing myself (it's a very specialized area), so let's just say the 2 directors had opposite visions. I'm biased, but I'm going to say that the one who got kicked out would be like a hospital CEO that championed chemotherapy cancer treatments, while the one remaining is a big fan of essential oils. In other words, going with the new vision would not just be the opposite of what the hospital was known for; it would also be dangerous to the patients.
And after looking at our financials, I discovered our hard-earned fundraising monies are being funneled to an essential oils MLM.
The only reason I'm still there - and I mean the ONLY reason - is because I don't get unemployment payments if I quit. Is this the type of thing where it would be appropriate to write a resignation letter saying "I cannot in good faith support this new vision"?
I'm somewhat under a time limit in finding a new job, because they will probably just let me go anyway - after milking me for all the knowledge I've accumulated over my time here. These are people who are supposed to understand large computer processes, but can barely turn one on. I so desperately want to leave them hanging.
I have a fair amount of savings, but I wanted to use that for a down payment on a house, and it's already significantly smaller after a year-long period of unemployment some years ago.
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Why is it so hard for some to actually work?
It is too much to ask? To be reliable? To get things you earned and didn’t kiss up for? Sorry I had to vent…
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Do people respond to your thank you notes after an interview?
I’m in the middle of a job search, and send thank you notes after each interview to everyone I meet with. However, for the first time in my career, I have people responding back to my thank you notes, which is lovely but it makes me wonder is this now an uncommon practice and that’s why people are responding? Even if it is outdated, I’m pretty sure I’m going to continue doing so if only out of habit.
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Any advice to someone looking to get a job internationally in the next year or two years?
I've always wanted to live abroad and gain international experience. How do I find people to network with in other countries? For background, I have about 5.5 years of professional experience in engineering. Curious to hear about those of you who have done it!
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