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    Need advice/opinions

    Okay, so maybe I shouldn't even be thinking about this yet, because who knows if I'll even receive a job offer, but I just want to be ready to give a decision if I'm contacted.

    So, I've been unemployed since mid March. Covid related. I was in the restaurant industry for the bulk of my life, I started out waitressing, then bartending and eventually management. For various reasons, I am looking to leave the industry behind and follow a new path. The goal is to find a way to build a new career using whatever skills I possess from my time in restaurants. I need advice and opinions because I am already having mixed feelings about this doctor office position that I applied to.

    PROS: very competitive hourly wage
    definite room for growth and possible paid schooling if I have the drive
    >15 min away from where I live
    parking is easy and free.

    CONS:
    they acted a little strange when I asked why the position was available, saying it was "personal", "confidential", etc.
    after my interview I received a text at 8:30pm asking if I was available the next day to come in and shadow/observe..now, I feel this is somewhat unprofessional to contact someone so late
    the girls in the office literally laughed out loud when I told them doc said he might be hard to work for
    the person training me said she spent 10 hours there on her first unpaid day (similar to my shadow/observation) .. similarly, what I thought would be 3 hours turned into 6
    they also said that work days can go late sometimes, where you will be there until 7:30pm
    the girls described that communication is tough with the doc, like he needs a mind-reader
    i experienced this first hand, when the doc texted me about attire without any preceding messages. confused, i asked if he wanted me to come in a second time? i received a text back at 10pm on a sunday night that he had texted the wrong person..

    So, I guess I just want some opinions. Honestly..my internal voice is screaming to run for the hills, that this is going to be a stressful work environment. But, then I start to second guess myself that I should just suck it up because this could be a golden opportunity. Am I being a brat about it? Are these things deal breakers?

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    This is one of those situations that unfortunately, you really won't know until you are in it.
    I have worked in places where the boss is a jerk, the other staff are great. I have also had an excellent boss and employees who were mean back-stabbers.
    In my experience many workplaces have these dynamics.
    Who knows you could "jive" really well with the boss and the other staff. Personality clashes could be the situation.

    So, my advice is:
    you are unemployed right now, what have you got to lose? Might be worth a try.

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    How bad do you need a job? Hopefully you are still looking and sending out applications/resumes, setting up interviews, etc..

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    When I read this I come away thinking that you are very, very eager to find a reason not to take this job than to take it. Whether that's a gut read on the specifics of this environment, jitters about changing tracts, or a sly inner saboteur working her voodooŚwell, I can't quite say.

    In yours shoes, I'd try to see this in a less binary lightŚnot as a potential tsunami of stress or a "golden opportunity," but what it actually is: a job. You don't have one of those, you've written in past threads about the havoc that's created, and you're looking for one during a pretty tough time globally. Those girls at the office? Do remember that, along with their eyebrow-raising sighs and laughter, they walk out of there every day with more money in their pockets than when they walked in. Not nothing, that part.

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    Originally Posted by Betterwithout
    So, my advice is:
    you are unemployed right now, what have you got to lose? Might be worth a try.
    I agree with this.
    I also agree with, given the first impressions. . this may be rocky ride.
    At the same time this is a great opportunity to learn some skills that you can take with you in the event this doesn't work out.

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    Originally Posted by reinventmyself
    this may be rocky ride.
    At the same time this is a great opportunity to learn some skills that you can take with you in the event this doesn't work out.
    Very good point reninventmyself. When I quit toxic workplaces, I also learned something about myself, picked up new job skills, learned how to cope with difficult people (huge asset), and sometimes I found friendships with the good people at that workplace.

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    I would definitely give the doctor's office a try. You can always go back to the restaurant business if it doesn't work out. You may discover that your temperament and the doctor's are quite compatible.

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    They sound a bit disorganized and I too would be very wary. I think your gut feelings are correct about this place but you'll do worse if you go into it with a negative mindset.

    Give it your best shot, try it and at least you'll have some office experience to add to your resume. This may not be your forever-job or career. It's a stepping stone so if you can keep that in mind, it might help you not feel so nervous about the brevity of it all and accepting something that may turn out to be horrible. Think of the boost to your resume if you can hack this job.

    There's one thing I want to mention about what you said about the doc and what he told you (and then in turn what you mentioned to the other staff). Try not to do that. What happens in conversation between you and your boss - keep it confidential. Don't speak about your colleagues to other colleagues or about your boss to other colleagues. Stay as neutral as possible. You don't know them yet or what's going on behind the scenes. Stay on track with the work and keep it simple.

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    Working for a doctor is tough...just think how tough their job is seeing all these different patients everyday. Being a medical receptionist is for those that like being busy and challenged. It's definitely not a boring job. Doctors can be short with you when they are swamped....BUT they do depend on you to be on your game and think 10 steps ahead. If you are looking for an easy job, then this is not for you. But if you have the energy to take on numerous challenges, then it's a win. You will be helping people and that can be rewarding.

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    I would listen to my screaming gut. A little hesitation in a new field is reasonable. Screaming run, not reasonable.

    All the things you mentioned, sounds like work in a doctor's office. Its busy, fast, hevtic, challenging, important work that impacts a lot of people (patients). Doctors need people that keep up with them, hence the mind reader comment.

    The pay is probably good because its hard work.

    I would not have an answer ready, if you get an offer. I would have a list of questions ready. This is the last time you are in the driver's seat. Once you are their employee, they call the shots.

    I would want to know what their expectations are. It sounds like there isn't much consideration given to your work life balance...

    is it normal to work 12 hour days or longer, until 730 at night?

    does the doctor/office expect you to be available off hours (texting at 830 pm)?

    You really want to know what you're getting yourself into. If you're used to 40 hours a week and this is 52... when will you go to school? that is a great benefit if you get to use it...

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