The Update – Work Edition

2018-04-10 10.35.29

I was like so many people. Working extra hours, taking care of big tasks, and coming to work with shoes that worn through. Working nights, holidays, weekends.

There was always promise. The new GM would be better. The new position will lift me out of near poverty. It will happen!

I remember once writing a report showing ways that the resort could be improved in a cheap manner and I sent it to my General Manager. He never mentioned a thing about it. It laid on his desk under a pile of papers for over a year. I also found compliments from guests that no one told me about.

At some point, I was done. I realized something important. I was wasting my time.

After I left, I felt a huge weight come off of me. Then I decided to do something counter intuitive. I did not look for a job. I went to work on my me. My resume. My LinkedIn page. Glassdoor. And how to create an image of myself that showed who and what I was capable of doing.

After I began to apply for positions, I was offered a position by two organizations. One was in the hotel industry and the other was in local government. At one stage, I could not decide which one to take. Then when the hotel organization made some errors, it made me realize that I was returning back to where I came and I took the position with our local city.

As of today, it is the weekend. The weekend between Christmas and New Years Eve. If I was a manager in a hotel and it was the weekend between Christmas and New Years then I am sure I would be working and not writing. I would not have spent the day with my son. I will not even go into the pay.

But the issue is not working in the Hospitality Industry. It is about working in a place that does not care about you and your reaction being to feel that you can not do any better or find another job.

If in Mumbai, there is a call center that is taking calls from people overseas, then the answer is that yes, you can do something else. The only thing stopping it from happening is you.

This year, I formed a partnership with a local community center which helps people find employment. For the most part, even with poor resumes at times, the students of the class are given employment after interviewing. This is because you really get the feeling that they are not blaming the world for their situation; they decided to work on themselves. Instead of just doing the bottom line which is filling out applications, they enrolled in a course to lean how to answer interview questions and to create an improved persona. Then they take this attitude into the workplace and are grateful and not complacent when taking on a day of working.

So I am really looking forward to 2019!

Be on the look out for my next installment about what happened over 2018.


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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2 Responses to The Update – Work Edition

  1. I admire you doing this career change, it must be so hard when you have a family and regular bills to break out of a bad cycle and take a breather before you decide how to get back to doing what you enjoy doing. Being freelance has been a real challenge, I didn’t expect things to drop in my lap, my parents run a small business I get that you have to continually look for new streams of work but heavy rejection weeks are tough (all no sorry letters seem to arrive in the same few days after weeks of fingers crossed hoping). Like you say I’ve been using the time productively to learn new material, get my biog up to date, review my application letters, I’m doubly impressed you are helping other people out to do this Steve.

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

      I never knew your parents operate their own business. It is a tough go but knowing it is up to you can be scary but liberating. Maybe it is part of what made you so determined to want to improve?

      Well, I am hanging in there! It has been hectic…but good and improving! Working towards a goal is better than complacency.

      Have a great weekend, Charlotte!

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