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Applied for a New Job

July 11th, 2020 at 02:27 am

Well, I applied for a job this week. It pays less than the job I have now. Why would I do this, one might wonder. The job is for the local water district, and their office is 10 minutes from my home. Right now, I spend a minimum of 45 minutes commuting each way. That's in good weather and with no road construction projects. Currently, I am taking a longer route due to 3 (!) construction projects on my usual route. It is just under an hour each way.

I'm not entirely certain if I hope that I get this job or hope that I don't. I really have some great co-workers and I don't have a desire to work as many hours while making less money. But, getting an extra 1.5 hours of free time daily is VERY appealing. Also, I would save a bit on gas and car maintenance.

The opening came up, I happened to see it, and just felt I had to give it a try. We'll see.

11 Responses to “Applied for a New Job”

  1. Wink Says:

    I used to have a very long commute, over an hour each way. My quality of life really improved when a change in location brought it down to 8 minutes. What a difference it made. Good luck!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I also used to have a very long commute. It's tough. I think the new job might be a very good thing.

  3. terri77 Says:

    What work do you do?

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    Terri - I currently work as a "fiscal technician" for my county, doing accounts payable. This opening for the local water district is for an "administrative aide" which from the job description, can be assigned either accounts payable or accounts receivable. I have done both.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Nothing ventured...maybe there is a reason you were to apply for the job. Years and years ago I drove over an hour each way for a job. When I could get a job closer it seemed to help with money because that much of a commute took a toll on my finances. Anyway, hope it works out for you whichever way is best.

  6. RaquelF Says:

    My commute is about 30-45 minutes right now, but I love my job. Plus I live in the country so I would really have a commute no matter where I worked. Hope it works out for the best for you.

  7. LifeBalance Says:

    Good luck!

  8. Fern Says:

    If you applied for that job, I guess your gut is telling you quality of life is more important than money. I know that's always how it was to me, and I can definitely relate to your wanting more time back in your life. I hope you get the job.

  9. Amber Says:

    I understand fully, when it comes to the commute, I travel a hour each way on a good day. Since COVID, I have saved a ton on gas
    Wishing you the best

  10. Xesed Says:

    I think you have made the right decision. You can devote the time you spend on the road to yourself or your family. It seems to me that this is much more important than a higher salary. Moreover, over time you can move up the career ladder.

  11. Petunia 100 Says:

    Hi Xesed,

    I did not get that job. I would still like to have a job closer to home.

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