reader17 (reader17) wrote,

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So confused what to do

I have read some books that have to post and the pile is about to fall of my table so over the next few days I will fit some time into writing them up.  This post is mainly just to write about what is happening at this moment.  So you don't have to read it, this is just one way of hoping to come up with a solution that I don't have an answer to and I think no matter which way I go I will be kicking myself with the results.

Anyone that has read my post over the last year off and on I have written about losing my job.  Well the time has finally come.  I can accept that.  But the issue has come up that I have to make a decision.  I have worked for this company for so many years and they appreciate me being a good employee so they are giving me the chance to stay instead of getting laid off.  I appreciate the thought and it would be great to stay on except it would no longer be in my department since it is going away.  It would no longer be in my field. I am in the I.T. field now and this would be an administration job.  When they told me about the job that is all they said nothing else.  So I don't know what it would entail what I would have to learn.  It would be a pay cut which I am going to have to do even if I am able to find a new job.  If the economy wasn't as bad as it is I think it would easy for me to make the decision to take the lay off and find another position.  I have been looking not as hard as I should be since I didn't know that date I would be done. But as soon as I see a position available I have sent in my resume (now maybe the position had been there a month I'm not sure) but I have only heard back from two companies that the position has been filled. The other 18 I sent resume's to I have heard nothing from.   I know not alot of resume sent out but there isn't a lot of job openings in my field that I have all of the qualifications for.  There are some things I am staying away from which could change like a temporary job for only a few months, or the hours are 2nd shift.   Eventually I know I will end up looking at these jobs as well. Also I was trying to work closer to home instead of an hour and half away.  Less then 45 is what I am aiming for but that might be out of the question.   I think I have strayed off of my orignal thought.  Funny how that happens when you have pro's and con's going through your head.  I will list them

Pro's for staying
a job
my vacation time and years of service
know the people I am working with

Con's for staying
lesser pay (which will most likely happen anyway)
still an hour and half drive
lose serverance
no longer work for my boss
a position not in my field (that I may not like)

Pro's for taking the lay off
no longer drive an hour and half (find a job closer to home)
find a job in my field that I enjoy

Con's for taking the lay off
economy is rough
may not find a job
lose years of service and what vacation time I have
pay most likely will be less
will I get benefits
will I like my new boss and the people I work with
will I like the new job

Everything doensn't come down to money.  Just it is a big factor in the choice I make.  The economy, and unemployment are also waying my choice.   But then I would be happy to get a job closer to home. I feel like I am being a brat for even thinking about not taking the job.  The other part is if I take a position there then someone else may have to be laid off since it was coming down to head count.  Yes I have been there many years and have done above and beyond what was asked of me, but I will feel really bad if I accept the position and then someone else is let go.  What a moral delima this is. 

Do I feel a little better now after typing this not really but it does help a little.  Sorry for the long post just trying to get things from going around in my head and go through them.

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