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After Target (looking for insight)

Discussion in 'Happy Trails' started by PogDog, Dec 4, 2017.

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  1. HRLady

    HRLady Team Trainer

    PogDog, I can share my own experience with you: I almost left Target once. I landed an hourly front desk job (unrelated to HR) that paid a bit more, had some more benefits, and was full-time. I was balancing both jobs and planning to give my two weeks' notice if I ended up liking this new job more. I started this new job and hated it. I didn't enjoy what I was doing at all and time went by so slow. In addition, they employed seasonal minors who revealed to me that this business did not comply with the legally mandated breaks and meals all summer long. These kids worked 8-hour shifts without any sort of breaks whatsoever! :eek: I realized that although working at Target sucks sometimes (due to the immense workload for low pay and crappy guests), it could be so much worse like this place. I quit this shady gig asap and had a new appreciation for HR and Target. I love that HR makes sure that the store complies with the law. I also love that every TM can freely exercise their right to breaks and meals.

    With that said, I am not advising you not to leave since you clearly want to move on. The next job that you take could be very awesome unlike what I experienced. Just make sure that you leave on good terms with Target (two week's notice) so that you aren't prevented from returning if the new job is not what you expected.
     
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    PogDog

    PogDog Team Member

    That is a possible reality. Taking on a new job has its inherent risks and obvious differences from what I'm used to. That's why I've started this thread. I know my mental bias right now is based solely on how I focus for working at Target. I'm sure wherever I end up, I'll see things from a perspective that is completely Target-oriented. But, I still recall how I felt when I transitioned into my role at Target and saw how Target operated. At that time, I also thought Target did things differently (not better, just different) and I had to adapt to that difference.

    My current mental state at work is, how can I get out of here. I like a handful of my coworkers, but the overall feeling at work is complete misery. I don't enjoy what I do, nor feel challenged by it. I'm not appreciated by upper management, regardless of my seasoned experience. There have been and will be changes that I don't agree with or see the need for. I'm reading the writing on the wall... the changing of the guard is upon us and I'm not part of that change. I don't feel like I'm being forced out, but I also don't feel included in it either. I saw the writing on the wall months ago and ignored it... now I'm just trying to maintain until there is an opening to get out. I need to put forth the effort and that involves being mentally and emotionally prepared for what comes next. Whatever that may be.
     
  3. Yetive

    Yetive Servant of 2 Masters

    Sounds like you are taking a sensible approach, and not rushing into something after a bad day. I have seen too often people do just that--quit without notice and no plan. I cannot speak from personal experience, but I have seen a pretty wide variety of responses to leaving. One common theme is that there will be a period of adjustment no matter what. Several people have reported back that they are told to relax at their new jobs. They retain that feeling of "why are you just standing around?" or "I have so much to get done." Some come back, some don't. Be patient and persistent, and something good will come up.
     
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  4. Doglover89

    Doglover89 Team Trainer

    I have recently accepted a job offer and am ready to say goodbye to Spot. Your statement above sums up very well how I feel. I definitely don't feel challenged at work. I used to work in a variety of work centers and that helped a bit, but now I'm pretty much stuck with only one. I get bored doing the same thing every day. I also don't feel appreciated. My leadership wants to know what I think of the changes with E2E and honestly, some things HAVE changed for the better but others...yeah. I'm upset to leave Spot...I have made some amazing friends and I do like working with most of my leaders. But I know I need to move on for both personal and professional growth.
     
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    PogDog

    PogDog Team Member

    I wish you success and happiness in your future endeavors. Know that Target will survive without you, it's built into their system. I hope this next step is rewarding on several fronts that Target could never provide.
     
  6. Target definitely keeps you moving, which I love. That is the extent of it. It's retail, and if you aren't looking to move up and be a TL or an ETL, I think the job is best suited for teens, college students, the retired, supplemental income folks, or people who just really love retail. I was ok with retail in my teens and twenties, when pretty much everyone was my age and it was fun. I'm a bit old (younger than 35 but older than 25) to be a tm, imo. But that's only because I do not like working retail. My passion lies elsewhere, and I am pursuing that through school. Target worked well for me because of the hours.
    If working somewhere is draining you mentally, and something is telling you to leave, then try something new. Sometimes we stay unhappy in a place because it is not where we are supposed to be. Don't get stuck and stay miserable, spread your wings! You seem like a smart person, PogDog. As long as you leave on a good note, you can always go back if you really need to. Retail will always have positions.
     
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    PogDog

    PogDog Team Member

    Thanks! I agree with this assessment totally. I'm also trying! Appreciate the kind words too.