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Posted: April 19, 2016, 8:15 PM Post
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Hey that sounds like you made the right decision. I think it sounds like you are in a solid situation and there is room for you to grow there. Enjoying your job and the people around you is more important than a little extra money. That is always nice but it wears off after a short time and then you are left with day to day frustration (if you take a job just for more money). Some day an opportunity might come a long that is worth the risk, but doesn't seem like this one was. Good luck.


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Posted: April 20, 2016, 11:43 AM Post
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I was thinking how much easier it would be to work with a boss who already trusts you and would probably be more flexible in giving you time off work to help with the baby, as opposed to being stressed and sleep-deprived at home with a baby, and then going to work and having to prove yourself all over again there.


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Posted: April 20, 2016, 1:33 PM Post
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I was thinking how much easier it would be to work with a boss who already trusts you and would probably be more flexible in giving you time off work to help with the baby, as opposed to being stressed and sleep-deprived at home with a baby, and then going to work and having to prove yourself all over again there.


Not to mention possibly having to switch insurance providers and all that fun jazz.


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Posted: April 24, 2016, 4:10 PM Post
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Thanks to all for the advice and kind words.

No doubt, the goodwill that I've built up over the past few years factored into my decision to stay put. I have a great relationship with my manager and colleagues and they will likely be a little more understanding of my limited availability this Fall than any potential new team.


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Posted: August 20, 2016, 10:43 AM Post
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A job opened up near Boone, NC, the best city in the state. I've always wanted to move to that area. I'd have the job if I applied for it, but it doesn't come with housing. Rent wouldn't allow me to save very much per month. Through benefits, I'll retire with about my current salary+, but that's only getting by. So anything I can save up now represents vacations, buying cars outright, going out, and generally not worrying about money.


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Posted: November 02, 2016, 9:55 PM Post
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Has anyone taken a job out of the country? I have been contemplating trying to get a job out of the country in the next couple of years. Anyone have any advice on where to start on this?

I am not sure where I want to go either.


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Posted: November 03, 2016, 12:45 AM Post
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My only experiences with it are through a main Parks and Recreation website/job board which was advertising a two-year stint running a pool in the Marshall Islands. They offered to interview via Skype. Not out of the country, but there was a similar one for Assistant Recreation Director in Nome.


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Posted: March 31, 2017, 8:39 AM Post
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Been thinking more about transferring to a different park. There's things I like here, though. But I don't appear too popular (work-wise, not personality wise) and I'm a little tired of everyone quickly getting really quiet when I walk into the office.

There's a couple places I've wanted to go to, though they don't have openings often and transferring is based on seniority (and I don't have terribly much). But others open up fairly often and of course they come with their plusses and minuses.


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Posted: June 01, 2017, 10:35 AM Post
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Had an interview in order to transfer to a different park. It's actually a demotion but with no pay change. I think my chances are pretty decent, but of course it's not up to me and I don't know a thing about any other applicants.

Every other police department has what's called a Field Training program--you get sworn as an officer, but you assist an experienced officer for a long time to learn the ropes and how to do things. My agency doesn't have that and it's hurt my professional growth. The demotion gives me more immediate supervision, which I believe I will benefit from. Right now I'm in a more independent position, so if I make a mistake it's not noticed and rectified until the proverbial fan gets dirty. And when it's other people having to step in and make the corrections, it's a good time to reassess.

Yesterday, hearing "We tried to tell you to do X, Y and Z, but it didn't get done" cements that a move is a good idea. I don't ignore suggestions, but they either weren't done appropriately or completely (not necessarily related to law enforcement actions), and more immediate supervision should help resolve that.


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Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:14 AM Post
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I am entering my 9th year as a teacher, and I saw a job posting at the high school in the city I live in that I would like to apply to. The application requires me to submit three letters of recommendation from supervisors/administrators. How do I go about asking for these letters? I have only worked at one school, but I know a couple of administrators that moved to other districts. Do I ask them for letters? I don't have a lot of options available.


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Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:37 AM Post
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NeedMoreFans - Yes, a lot of letters of recommendation come from people you no longer work with. A lot of scenarios, it's tough to ask for a recommendation letter from your current employer. I would imagine, in your scenario, a current administrator would likely be happy to help you though.


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Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:05 PM Post
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I got my transfer. Looks like I'll be moving. This is actually a demotion, but I believe having an additional supervisor will help me in the long run, at least professionally. This park is heavier on search and rescue than law enforcement, such as looking for lost hikers until 2am. More maintenance work, which I like, though more teaching classes, which I won't like.

But a lot of hiking trails around me, which suits me. Currently the best trails are 45 minutes away.

And I'm now 3 hours away from a good friend of mine, as opposed to 6 hours, which should hopefully mean a lot more visits.

Pretty happy. I think this is a good move for me.


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Posted: July 26, 2017, 9:57 PM Post
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Congrats GAME05. I took a step back 6 months ago. I got there and proved myself. A manager left and now I'm back up to where I was at my previous job. You never know what might happen when you work hard.


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Posted: August 21, 2017, 10:00 AM Post
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I have an interview this week at a place I've interviewed 3 times prior for 3 different jobs over the past 5 years. The position I'm interviewing for I actually interviewed for and got a few years ago. Even after the position ended they've asked me back a couple times to work when the person who has the position was out for a while. Now, I'm not expecting them to just give me the job but what exactly do they expect to learn from an interview? Based on who I've spoken with over the phone, the HR people are different, but I'm also interviewing with the department I worked in and it's the same people I've worked with multiple times before.


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Posted: August 21, 2017, 10:21 AM Post
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GAME05 said:
I got my transfer. Looks like I'll be moving. This is actually a demotion, but I believe having an additional supervisor will help me in the long run, at least professionally. This park is heavier on search and rescue than law enforcement, such as looking for lost hikers until 2am. More maintenance work, which I like, though more teaching classes, which I won't like.

But a lot of hiking trails around me, which suits me. Currently the best trails are 45 minutes away.

And I'm now 3 hours away from a good friend of mine, as opposed to 6 hours, which should hopefully mean a lot more visits.

Pretty happy. I think this is a good move for me.


Can I ask where you're off to? Best of luck [smile]

I was someone who used to hate teaching classes (I coach software development teams) and slowly fell in love with it. Being in front of a group became more comfortable and learning to get the group engaged through powerful questions was truly helpful.

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Posted: August 24, 2017, 10:30 AM Post
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I don't want to say exactly since I'm in a law enforcement position, but I'm in the Southeast, moving from a flat park to a mountain park.

There's some things I miss about my old job already. It sounds lazy because it is, but you were either 100 mph or 0, and the 0 meant long lunch breaks when it's slow, parking it at home if it was raining, or four-hour "lunch breaks" in the off-season. Not too much law enforcement here, which means everyone gets busy with projects year-round and is pretty hard-core about it. I no longer have the option of leaving late because I neglected to make coffee.

There can be a lot of good to no real supervision or training, or anyone looking over your shoulder. But that does make professional growth a lot slower, which is ultimately why I moved.


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Posted: November 11, 2017, 4:18 PM Post
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Ok Job advice needed: Got an offer the other day for a lateral move at a similar employer but for more money. I'm struggling over the decision and have gone back and forth on this. I stress about this stuff way too hard so i figured I would open it up and see what everyone else thought. I have been at my job for about 4 years. I really like the location where I work and the people I work with making coming to work fun. My supervisors are good too. I applied for this job because it seemed interesting and the pay was better, essentially I applied to learn more about it. I didn't really know what to think after the 1st interview. They asked for a second, but I thought it went poorly and I had kinda cooled on the job so I let it slip from my mind because I was very sure it wasn't going to get offered to me. Well lo and behold they offered. Now I learned some things after the offer that I have concerns about. My current employer pays for me to maintain a certain license and lets me use work time to those take classes because they believe it benefits them in my work. Even though my job would be similar, this new place will not pay for them and I likely can't use work time for most of the classes so I would have to burn several days of vacation time a year to do this. These are expensive and it's a big issue for me. Additionally, a portion of my raise will be eaten by parking costs because it is in downtown area. Now this new place has its benefits. It probably has more room for advancement and the job content is slightly more interesting that what i do now. However, I really don't see myself at either place long term so I don't know if I should completely switch everything up for more money. I also don't want to burn any bridges should I turn this down. Thoughts?


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Posted: November 11, 2017, 6:12 PM Post
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The new job really doesn't pay anymore money with your added expenses,so pay can be taken out of the equation. What is the difference in health insurance and 401k benefits?


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Posted: November 11, 2017, 8:28 PM Post
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burnzy24 said:
making coming to work fun.


That comment really stuck out to me. I don't know how many people could really say that about their job.

When you talked about your current job you went right into what you like about it and didn't really mention any negatives. When you started talking about the new job the first things you listed were the negatives.

I get it if the pay raise represents a significant boost to your lifestyle, but if it's not enough to make for any real change, I doubt you'll be factoring that into your "Did I make the right choice" decision later on.

You mentioned neither job is in your long-term future. Do the new and additional duties of the new job make you more marketable for your future career? SuperCollector makes a good point about the money, which would make the decision come down to additional job responsibilities and how much those are worth vs. a job you already enjoy. And if neither company is permanent, how much can those new duties really be worth?

The other option, though not always wise to do, is if you really start to lean toward the new position, present the option to your current boss and use it as leverage to get another benefit. Maybe it's a slight raise, or maybe you can ask them for more tuition help to cover (in some part) classes which would benefit you in your next career.


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Posted: November 11, 2017, 9:41 PM Post
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Ok Job advice needed: Got an offer the other day for a lateral move at a similar employer but for more money. I'm struggling over the decision and have gone back and forth on this. I stress about this stuff way too hard so i figured I would open it up and see what everyone else thought. I have been at my job for about 4 years. I really like the location where I work and the people I work with making coming to work fun. My supervisors are good too. I applied for this job because it seemed interesting and the pay was better, essentially I applied to learn more about it. I didn't really know what to think after the 1st interview. They asked for a second, but I thought it went poorly and I had kinda cooled on the job so I let it slip from my mind because I was very sure it wasn't going to get offered to me. Well lo and behold they offered. Now I learned some things after the offer that I have concerns about. My current employer pays for me to maintain a certain license and lets me use work time to those take classes because they believe it benefits them in my work. Even though my job would be similar, this new place will not pay for them and I likely can't use work time for most of the classes so I would have to burn several days of vacation time a year to do this. These are expensive and it's a big issue for me. Additionally, a portion of my raise will be eaten by parking costs because it is in downtown area. Now this new place has its benefits. It probably has more room for advancement and the job content is slightly more interesting that what i do now. However, I really don't see myself at either place long term so I don't know if I should completely switch everything up for more money. I also don't want to burn any bridges should I turn this down. Thoughts?

I think you've answered the question for yourself. You've given a bunch of reasons NOT to take the new job. You seem to have a good situation - and the new one isn't your dream gig.

Embrace what you have - at least for now.

Ultimately, I would say, what do you want to do in the future? Don't go down a path on a job just because it is there. Find what you want to do - and plot out that path. Maybe it doesn't work out. Maybe you make some mistakes. Maybe it's a fool's errand. So be it - at least you tried to do what you wanted.

The last thing I will say is if the new job truly is better for you - don't be afraid. I know this contradicts much of what I just said. But too many times in life we find reasons NOT to do something. There are so many adventures ahead - we just have to embrace them. But don't take the gig just for a few more dollars - unless that really means a ton to you. You said you don't really see yourself in either place long term - so I'd say stick with where you are at - and instead plot out the future you really want.

My 2 cents.


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