Friday, October 01, 2010

Leaving the Part-Time Job...

I made the decision to leave my part-time job. I gave my two weeks notice yesterday and my last day will be October 16th. I am so excited!!!

Why you ask? Well, I had a very unfortunate incident at work on Thursday night that left me very uncomfortable and angry. Simply put, I will always be treated with dignity and respect at all times. No exceptions. It's time to go.

Dating can be expensive. My last relationship was very expensive but you do a lot of things when you are in love. He paid and I paid but over the last year...I paid more. Additionally, staying in the city with him and then taking on this part-time job increased my transportation expenses $150-$200/month with gas and parking. When I am able to use my monthly train pass each month which is $130/month and just buy gas for my normal running around, I can cut my transportation expenses down to about $250/month. In September alone, my transportation expense was $400 and that was without the extra I would of paid if I was still dating. The money I will save will offset the loss income a bit.

With a law firm position, I won't need the extra job. I hope to hear from them next week.


The Borrower said...

Based on how you thought this step out, compiled with the disrespect issue....Excellent decision (imo).

Now fingers crossed, toes crossed and dropping on knees for prayer to help with the legal position.

Sallie's Niece said...

Yes, don't let anyone disrespect you. I am so crossing my fingers for you with the new gig.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure that this is a six figure position? You know you need at least this amount to live on right? Have you sounded the firm out already about starting salary, because it seems kinda high in this economy for a NQ atty.

Chitown said...

@ Anon: Yes. According to the firm's published nalp form, first year associates start at $130k.

Anonymous said...


This should be further incentive to be financially free! My emergency fund is also my ability to quit my job if I feel that my values/ethics/person is/are being compromised. Thankfully this was your part-time job and not your full-time one.

Good luck with the interview. I am giving you good vibes.


Anonymous said...

Oops! Just realized you had your interview are still waiting.

Still wishing you good vibes. :)


Anonymous said...

I am glad you are no longer with Macy's now you have time to get organized and focused.

I really hope that you get this new job. If you don't it doesn't mean you can not move in the direction of your goals. Do the best you can with what you got.

Good luck

Anonymous said...

I hate to say this but if you dont like being disrespected dont become an atty. You needed the money, you should have sucked it up unless they were abusive etc, disrespected, blah.

Chitown said...

@ Anon: We have different views. It doesn't matter what I am in my profession, I don't have to tolerate disrespect from anyone.

Macys essentially profiled me and tried to accuse me of inappropriate behavior without any proof in their larger scheme of trying to root out someone else doing wrong. They got the wrong person on the right day. As soon as they found out I was indeed an attorney, the loss prevention person immediately backtracked and deemed the issue resolved. It is far from resolved. I will not be treated like a liar or a criminal under any circumstances.

They count on people to be weaker, powerless and uneducated in those sales associate positions when in fact, you have very educated individuals working in retail for a myriad of different reasons. The entire incident will be noted and reported in an official memo and exit interview.

Unknown said...

I'm really not sure about the "if you don't like to be disrespected don't become an attorney" comment. I'll be damned if someone disrespects me, whether that be a judge, client or opposing counsel. I treat others with the utmost respect, and I demand the same from them. Just my two cents.

Sallie's Niece said...

I disagree with anon as well. I'm an attorney and no way am I going to let someone disrepect me either. I'm sorry this happened to you, Chitown.

Anonymous said...

Aaren, get real it happens in a contentious forum, what are you gonna do the next time the judge is having a bad day and is chewing you,or the otherside is disrespecting you, you gonna vote with your feet?

Chitown said...

@ Anon: I think you're kinda missing the point just a little. Just because someone or a company disrespects you, you don't have to take it lying down. You have a choice in how you handle it. I agree that it can and will happen in some forums but you can decide how you handle it from then on out. Sometimes it's simply best to remove yourself from that "contentious" environment so that you don't continue to invite negative feelings/emotions into your experience.

I ran into a woman who used to work at the Origins counter temping at my Dentist office in mid September. I asked her if she was still working at Macys and she said she would never step foot in another Macys because they treat people like crap.

Since that wasn't my experience, I didn't know how to take that comment so I just wished her well. I wonder if my focus on her statement after the fact is what invited that experience into my own life. I just don't know how something like this could of happened to me.

I know I've been saying for some time now that I just want ONE job, and this was certainly a way to reduce back to the one I have.

I believe good things are on the horizon for me. Please choose to focus on that for me. Let's not focus on the loss of this job but on the gaining of a better one.

Thanks a lot. =)

Anonymous said...

Is the extra money not that important enough to look for another part time position? I also picked up a part time retail position, mostly for the discount as I would rather pay 1/2 for good clothes than the full retail price. The extra money helps offset the expense spent on clothes as well.

Only been doing this for a month and never worked retail prior, so I have times when I ask myself if it is really worth the effort. I'll hurry up to stuck up my wardrobe in case I quit soon:).

Chitown said...

@ Anon - Working that particular part-time job was not worth it to me. If I do take on a part-time job, it will have to require more flexibility than a retail position provides. For instance, I am working probably close to 50 hours this week at my regular job and there is no way that I would be able to balance both without flexibility. Actually, I will have to probably work those kind of hours all month since it's a quarterly reporting month.

While I worked my part-time retail position, I used a gift card but I didn't spend any money that I earned there at all on merchandise. I certainly applaud you for taking on a part-time job.