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.