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Jobs and birthdays

May 18th, 2016 at 08:31 am

Only two more shifts at the public library! I reminded the HR head last week that I am leaving and want to do an exit interview and she said she knew and would let me know this week. So far, nothing. I think they know what I am going to say and don't want to hear it. I'm torn between being honest and you know, not being honest. I think they need to hear what I want to say but also I may want to work there again some day.

In other job news, a position opened up at the University Library that I am SUPER JAZZED ABOUT. It's cataloging rare books, and while that isn't a MLS position, it is a supervisory one, and cataloging is a MLS position elsewhere (depending on the institution). I am 99% sure I am going to go for it because I think I would be really excited to do that work everyday. But here are my concerns

1. I have only been at my current position for 9 months. I don't want the rare books people to think I am a job hopper (I'm not, I spent 6.5 years at the public library)

2. One of the positions I currently work in is sans librarian right now. They're hiring for it, but until the contract is signed it's anyone's guess when they will be in place. Will it look bad on me if I leave before the new librarian starts? Truthfully, the position was empty for at least 6 months before I was hired, but there was a librarian there then.

I just don't want leaving soon to reflect badly on me. There is a culture of moving between positions here, though.

The kid turns 16 today and is super stoic about it. We're having our celebration with him tomorrow. I asked where he wanted to go out to eat and he said Indian which sounded great to me. But then somehow a local steakhouse got brought up and how the kid had never been to it. It took some prodding to get it out of him that he wanted to go. He will not ask for things he wants or needs. This drives me crazy. I get that you don't want your little kid pestering you every time you go to a store for something, but this kid sometimes legitimately NEEDS things (like pajamas) and doesn't ask for them and waits for us to notice. He's at the age now where he needs to start advocating for himself! But I am not his parent so what do I know. It only bothers me because I care about him.

Financially things are tight but that's in preparation for our trip this summer. Otherwise things are moving along.

6 Responses to “Jobs and birthdays”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I think if you present yourself as someone who is super-excited that this opportunity has come up, I don't think you would be discredited for wanting to leave your current position. It's the people who are restless and aimlessly moving around who raise a red flag, IMHO.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    Apply and see what happens. It is only an option when you apply otherwise it becomes a "what could have been..." situation.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Definitely apply and simply be honest as much as you can. Good luck!

  4. snafu Says:

    I'd be super careful about the words you choose in an exit interview. You might comment on the duties, responsibilities, job description and lines of authority if you know who wrote them. Phrases like 'it might be helpful to .......' or clients can benefit from.......' Compliments about specific staff but no negative words that can be linked back to a specific person are not in your interest. Who knows relationships between folks at public library, university library or school alumni.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    This is the first time I've ever heard of an exit interview, something that's definitely not done here.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'd be careful in how I worded what I said to anyone about my thoughts on the job. You never know who they may be connected to nor how that might affect you in the future.

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