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trading boring for...boring?

January 16th, 2007 at 08:40 am

At what point is it a good idea to change jobs? If I had a potential opportunity that paid slightly more but offered less benefits, meant a longer commute, and was potentially just as boring as this job, is it worth taking? Just to get away? I had a terrible time getting out of bed this morning after a three-day weekend. All I could think about was how boring my job is, and how I wish I was doing something else. Trading boring for boring may not be the best choice, but it would be different, I guess.

I started up my car yesterday, and it sounded awful. I popped the hood, and voila! No antifreeze! None whatsoever! So I dumped some in, and now it's fine. You'd think those people I just paid $430 to would have noticed that there was no antifreeze. Grrr.

We spent $100 on spices this weekend. Yes - $100 on spices (half of it was for my mother) - at Penzeys Spices. We got some great curry powder, a cheese blend, the Bangkok Blend (sweet peppers, garlic, ginger, black pepper, galangal, hot peppers, lemon grass, basil, cilantro), shallot salt, Vietnamese cinnamon, etc. I adore that store.

We also spent too much at Target, but what else is new?

Coming up this week: maternity clothes shopping with my pregnant friend, a meetup.com event, and a friend's birthday dinner.

12 Responses to “trading boring for...boring?”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, you make this prospective sound so... exciting! Big Grin
    It may pay "slightly more", but you'll have to relearn a job with a longer commute that will cost more gas, wear & tear on your car, as well as time lost commuting. Traffic may also be an issue, but I don't know any details regarding your job.

    In any case, I'm personally not the type to move around unless it's something substantially better that can justify the move.

    On typical job applications, moving around a lot also doesn't reflect well, as some employers may think you're not someone who will stick around.

  2. nitajaye Says:

    I agree with BA, I wouldn't change just to change. Plus I would stay at a job that offered better benefits than a slightly higher salarey. Just my opinion.

  3. boomeyers Says:

    I hate commuting! Too much time out of your life!
    Careful on the shopping trips! And have fun at the meetup.com thing.

  4. kashi Says:

    What if it's significantly more? Like $6400 a year more?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Well, if it's significantly more, that's a different story. Big Grin
    Of course, only you know exactly what the pros and cons are, so only you can decide. However, $6400 would be incentive enough to get me to move. But again, it's up to you.

  6. mjrube94 Says:

    Can you get benefits through hubby's company, even though you're not married? (My company gives benefits to domestic partners). If so, that takes care of that.

    How much longer is the commute? The upside to changing is that you always have that "honeymoon period" where you like it just because it's new. Also, you already know that your current job is boring, maybe this one won't be that bad. Would you be learning any new skills?

    The downside is that you pretty recently took this job. If you take a new one and don't last long, it may look like you're a "job hopper". Wow, tough decision. Good luck!

  7. LuxLiving Says:

    $6400 more would intice me to not only move jobs but household as well.

    If you’re in the wrong job, sometimes you need motivation to move on and try something else! Boredom or even failure is an important part of figuring out what we do best.

    I've failed forward before as well as been bored forward.

    Seek the light little flower! Might as well get paid more if you're already going to be bored anyway. Is there no way at your current location to increase your interest?? Maybe get involved w/helping another department on a special project or cross-train as a fill-in for someone which will also increase your skillset???


  8. kashi Says:

    SO is currently on my health insurance plan (domestic partnership). He has no health insurance options at his current job, so if I got a new one without the domestic partnership possibility, he'd be out of luck. Considering he's diabetic, I don't feel too good about that. The commute would probably be by car instead of bus, and not toooo much longer, I guess. Not too many new skills, other than subject matter. I've been at this job 15 months.

    Good point Lux, if I'm going to be bored, might as well get paid more Wink Little flower! How sweet!

    We'll see if they are even interested in me after hearing my salary requirements. I've got a strong resume, so hopefully they'll bite.

  9. DivaJen Says:

    I'm all about making lists - pros and cons, costs and benefits, that sort of stuff. So that's what I would do, in this kind of situation.

    Good luck, whichever way you decide to proceed. Smile

  10. mjrube94 Says:

    Completely off topic...I saw this article on MSNBC. A total fluff piece, but I thought of you, because it's about how more women are choosing to remain unmarried, and you've mentioned in the past that most of your friends are the "can't wait to get married and have babies" types...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16659120/

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    Kashi--I thought they were making you miserable at your current job. That would weigh pretty heavily in favor of the other one, I think.

  12. baselle Says:

    I'm going to stay out of this. Just remember that with all the outsourcing and turnover around, that the "job hopping" argument is a bit thin. A lot of people look that way.

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