I'm going through job ads, I'm applying, I'm interviewing, I'm trying to gauge the damage I'm doing to my feet each restaurant shift I work. I'm trying to decide if I should give my two weeks notice when I find a new job or when my feet reach a certain level of pain. It might have to be the pain. It is not worth it to me to develop a chronic condition just to keep working for another couple of months. I can always temp.
I've worked in six industries now and it seems to me that people in the restaurant industry work the hardest, and not for much money at all. It's really amazing. It's great if you're a nightowl/people person who wants a more flexible schedule and has no nerve endings in your lower body. I'm just about done. By the absolute latest, even if I haven't found another job and my feet are doing fine, I'm leaving the restaurant by February. I will NOT work another Chinese New Year. It was a nightmare last year and I'll quit before I'll do it again.
I'm looking for:
1. Office job (I want to SIT DOWN).
2. Part of a team of people.
3. 25-30 hours a week.
4. On the northside of Chicago or in Evanston (no more 75-minute commutes for me)
5. Non-profit organization or at least a company with a goal that feels meaningful to me.
I really hope it doesn't take more than a few months to find this.