Do low stress, fun jobs exist?

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flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/10/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've worked as a Church Receptionist for 10 years and recently lost my job due to the church splitting. So, I'm looking for a job that is fun and not very stressful, and I need some ideas. I have a degree in Marketing and worked in Public Relations before working as a Receptionist.

Thanks for any recommendations!

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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praying4healing
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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
wow cece i hate when churches split...what do u think about mayb renting ur services out part time? u kno organizing books, typing letters etc. or do u need the group insurance? u couls try admin assisting at a local school or colleger...sorry i wasnt of more help, i have yet 2 find a job thats fun and has no stress....but i find when i like my job it seems much less stressful
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summerstorm
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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
i never heard of a church splitting, i didn't even know that was something that happened.
Anyway, i also thought being a grocery store cahsier was fun. It doesn't pay much but slinging groceries is mindless and pretty easy. You just have to learn to ignore the crazy people

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/11/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies. The reason why I stayed at the church so long was because I really enjoyed working there. It was a fun and relatively low stress job, plus the benefits were great.
 
So, guess what I found on careerbuilder.com today? An opening for an Administrative Assistant at a church! I was so excited and faxed my resume over right away. I'll let you know if they call me next week for an interview.
 
:-)  Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


awesomeame
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   Posted 4/11/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
goodluck!!

--matt

p.s. i don't think low stress/fun jobs exist :-\
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Matt! If I don't get the job, I'll have to change my screen name to "R-U-Hiring?" tongue

GISGuy31
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   Posted 4/11/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Government jobs are somewhat stress free compared to the private sector...but are very hard to get. I work for the state. Based on your situation/background, where I work, we have several public relations departments and their duties are varied and your guaranteed never to be bored. You may have a few days that are somewhat stressful followed by several non-stressful days...you will have to work. You usually can generally dictate your career path. The only major stress you'll have to face is learning and accepting "the system" for what it is, and where I work, the PR office is somewhat political. It is almost impossible to get fired unless you do something really really stupid, make the news for something negative, or upset someone higher than your boss or their boss.

They generally have great benefits, start with 2 weeks vacation and goes up a week after every 5 years of service, 2 weeks of sick leave/per year (which you can bank and cash out at retirement or separation), 4 personal days/per year, 10 paid holidays. All union positions are paid overtime at 1.5x their rate. Working for free is illegal, unlike in the private sector, where somehow 40 hour weeks mean working 50 or 60 and getting paid for 40 hours. They generally have excellent healthcare and disability benefits. They don't pay a dime into social security, so retirement is almost guaranteed. They usually have their own independently funded retirement system and a 457 plan (similar to a 401K plan). Also, everyone knows what their co-workers are paid...no wage disparity for the same classification. You know your yearly raises (step/grade) increases and when it will be maxed out when your hired. You'll also know your annual cost of living increase usually every 3 years (based on the term of the union contracts).

It's also one of those rare occupations where you can work a full 30 years without fear of losing/changing your job. However, make sure ahead of time they are funded with tax money dictated by federal/state law and not based on grants or special "funds." Otherwise your job isn't that secure and you can be laid off during slow times or even let go after political party changes every 4 or 8 years. It's amazing how many different government careers are available and their available job postings/descriptions/salaries are posted on their respective websites by law. I'm sure you can find something that you'll enjoy if you look for them.

I've been at my job for almost 10 years and enjoy every day that I go there. Ironically, several other people there hate their job and treat it like a prison sentence (counting down their days to retirement)...so I guess attitude goes a long way also. Also, many of them never had to work in the private sector, so they don't know any better.

Hope this helps.
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justjenjen
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   Posted 4/12/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you find what you're looking for! I think it really comes down to who you work with and your feelings about what you're doing. I loved working in an office but I loved my coworkers and my bosses were pretty good, too. I dread going back to work b/c I fear I will not get that lucky again. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

Indabag
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   Posted 4/12/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cecilia:

I'm so sorry about your job. But, I'm a firm believer in when "God closes one door a window opens somewhere else". I worked in Government (the dreaded IRS) for 10 years and GISGuy31 brings up a lot of good points about working there.

I know with your brains, good heart and great looks you'll land on your feet!

Keep us posted.

Richard

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
GIS Guy, thanks for your recommendation. My husband has worked in the School System for 28 years and started there right out of college. I agree that it is a good career path to take.

Jen, I've been nervous about job hunting, too, because I really liked my co-workers at the church. I applied for another Church Admin Assistant job today. Those jobs don't come available very often, so I'm excited that there are two available right now.

Richard, thanks for your kind words. How are you doing having worked tax season this year? Hopefully, you're not too tired by now. I'm proud of you for going out there and doing it. :-)

Cecilia

Indabag
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   Posted 4/12/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Cecilia:

Thanks for asking. I'm working a lot harder than I thought I could (but not too hard!) and I am enjoying every minute of it. We have a very busy tax practice and we are working right up to the deadline. But, I've been doing this for 30 years, prior to getting sick, and, surprisingly, I find I really missed the insanity!

It's been great to take small breaks and check in on my ostomates!

Richard

P.S. I know it shouldn't matter in finding a job, but, I threw in the "good looks" part because it is true!

P.P.S. My wife said it was ok to say that!
Indabag
 
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As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 


ME!
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   Posted 4/12/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Cece,

I'm sorry to hear about the church split. I've gone thru those and they are emotionally and spiritually painful. And on top of that you lose your job. ((HUGS))

With your experience and great attitude I'm sure you'll get one of the other admin jobs at a church. I pray God blesses you with another great job.

((HUGS))
Kim
Control is an illusion. The only control we have is our response to people and situations. - Kim Martin


HisWill
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   Posted 4/13/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Last August, I found a fun, exciting and low stress job. I do interactive home cooking parties for Two Sisters Gourmet. I offer a host the choice of 4 different menus. I supply the Two Sisters products for the recipes and the host provides the fresh foods needed. She invites her friends and family and we have a great party! We split into 4 groups and we follow the very easy recipes which takes about 15 minutes or so for each recipe. The company offers delicious dipping sauces, marinades, dips, desserts, and many other awesome products. If you are interested in hearing more about the company, please let me know. Just an idea that I thought I would offer. I love meeting new people and enjoying cooking and learing new recipes. This may be something you are interested in too. Good luck with your job search! HisWill

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/18/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I promised you that I'd keep you posted on how my job search was going. I got a call on Wednesday from one of the churches, and we had a 20 minute phone interview. After that, she checked my references and called me back for a personal interview.

I had the interview yesterday, and it went very well. I was there for 3 hours! I met with the Office Manager first, and then with the woman whose job I applied for. She's retiring in a month and was happy to tell me all about the position. She even started training me on the spot! She kept saying that she can show me more later.

So, I feel very confident and will let you know if I get the job. It wouldn't start for a month, which is fine with me, since I'm only one month post-op. BTW, the job is on Sanibel Island, which is a beautiful, tropical place that my husband and I love to go to on the weekends. It would be really nice to be able to go there every day! :-)

Thanks for all of your well wishes and support.

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


justjenjen
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   Posted 4/18/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful!

Indabag
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   Posted 4/18/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Sanibel Island! I think I would work there for free! It sounds wonderful.

I am so glad for you.

Richard
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As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I GOT THE JOB!!!! yeah

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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations!!  a job on Sanibel Island, how cool.  I'd love my lunch hour!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/18/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, I'm so excited to be able to eat lunch at the beach. I was willing to take a pay cut to work out there, but they offered me more than what I was asking, plus a raise after 3 months! I was surprised and pleased, because gas is now up to $3.49!

justjenjen
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   Posted 4/18/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful!!!

HisWill
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   Posted 4/19/2008 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your new job! How exciting..Best of luck to you! Hope it all goes well and meets your expectations..HisWill

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   Posted 4/19/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, when I come down to visit you one day, I wanna go to Sanibel (and Captiva too!)!!!!
Peggy
      
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ME!
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   Posted 4/19/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Cece that's awesome!! Congratulations :) What a blessing to get to work in a nice environment.
Control is an illusion. The only control we have is our response to people and situations. - Kim Martin


flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks you guys! I feel very blessed to have gotten the job that I really wanted. It was the first resume that I sent out and the only interview I had. My last day at my other job was April 15th, and she called me on April 16 for an interview. The timing was amazing. I thought I would be job hunting for several months and end up with a crappy job, so this was a pleasant surprise! I love it when God blesses us beyond what we can even think or imagine. He blows me away every time! :-)


Indabag
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   Posted 4/20/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cecilia:

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and happy for your new employers (they hired a wonderful new employee!).

Richard
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