In the midst of this on again off again blizzard I have begun a serious job search. I was wavering on what to do for some time, I'm miserable at my current job, but it offers me the opportunity to take on responsibilities I may not get elsewhere and I don't know what our plans are for staying in the DC area or for how long... yada yada yada.
The bottom line is that I can no longer sustain this level of job stress. So much so in fact, that I inadvertently told our CEO that I would be looking for a new job. After that little incident I figured I better get on it.
You don't have to tell me that searching for a job in "this economy" is not the greatest timing, or that I should feel lucky to even have a job. I'm kind of tired of hearing that second one. Of course I know I am lucky in a multitude of ways, but I got an education for a reason, so I don't have to be stuck anywhere. Why should we 20somethings always "feel lucky" to have a job. It's not like we aren't working our asses off, doing our incompetent, overpaid bosses jobs and then getting the blame when things don't go well. It is one thing to work hard and work your way up when it is mildly appreciated, but when you are constantly berated for even being a member of the department you work for, or when your bosses inflated ego literally places blame on you for their inability to deliver on promises you never even knew they made.. it's time to go.
So, I've applied to almost 10 jobs in the past two snow days. Some federal, some nonprofit, most I am overqualified for in terms of education, but underqualified in work experience. Most of them could also be easily completed by a child. Every new job I apply for, I imagine what my life would be like as that person, someone who can leave work at work, not cry in the bathroom after my boss promises something to the CEO, doesn't deliver and then the CEO proceeds to yell at me in his office even though I was never told about the project in the first place. Someone who can take a personal day to volunteer without having to call in sick. Someone who doesn't think mean evil things about her boss at least seven times a day. Although, I am pretty sure no one will ever learn to pronounce or spell my name correctly.
Also, when I do move on to a new employer I've got enough crazy story material to write a novel. I just can't afford to get fired for it, which is why I have kept most of it off my blog.