I recently quit a job that I worked for about 8 months.
September 15,2022 at 8:34PM UTC
I really needed a job asap to pay my bills and I knew I could get it. Unfortunately, after taking the job, I slowly began to see what a toxic situation it was, mostly due to the bullying of the doctor (a solo practice) and the office manager who was unable to manage much of anything. The office clearly was not doing well as evidenced by the fact that they kept the help wanted sign up at the reception desk regardless of whether they were “fully staffed”. Evidently, they had a revolving door in terms of support staff.
The toxicity got worse.
The doctor had us triple booking every time slot, ensuring that he was chronically behind (which he blamed on us, his staff). He did not provide any breaks regardless of how many hours you worked in a day. Then, the office manager began deliberately sabotaging me by not including me in important updates, which she would then proceed to berate me for not knowing. Every morning I would walk in and say good morning to everyone, and she was the only one who would not respond. And I have no idea why.
I would have approached her about this, but it just wasn’t worth it as there were so many other problems stemming from her behavior. The final straw was a busy morning when the doctor yelled in my face, in front of his own patients, for doing something that I did not do and yelled at me yet again about 30 minutes later (he had a history of doing this from time to time with everyone who worked for him). Then, one of the patients started punching me (the patient had developmental and psychological issues). No one in the office batted an eye. No acknowledgement or concern from anyone. I really had it and I wasn’t going to put up with physical abuse on top of the psychological abuse, so I quit then and there.
So, I have a couple of things I’m dealing with in this aftermath. The first being the psychologically toxic residue. Being treated so poorly has taken it’s toll on me emotionally. The second being the fact that I know I am capable of doing a much higher level of work than I did while I was there. The office manager had a chronic paranoia about a co-worker trying to co-opt her job. This led her to dump the most tedious, boring, yet highly stressful tasks on her staff (she did this to almost everyone that worked under her).
I bring this up because it is hard to imagine how I am going to discuss this job during future interviews. I have no accomplishments (other than having survived the job) to discuss. Does anyone have advice as to how to handle discussing a job that was beneath your abilities in future interviews? Not just, “why did you leave your last position?”, but how to describe a job that mostly consisted of unbelievably high levels of stress as an accomplishment.
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