Sunday, August 26, 2018

Goodbye letter to my job

As I step into the office of my team leader my heart sinks a little bit.
Part of me wants to stay. If only for the people I do my job for. But the time has come and I know it. I cannot possibly stay.
"I have really tried my very best for you. I gave it my all to be up to the work speed the company wants me to be. But when I do that, I lose in the quality of my conversations"
She sits there and nods. "You know what I'm good at. You know I give every customer my full attention and that I do my work thoughtfully"
She tells me there is nothing to be changed about the standards of the work speed. "So, it's  matter of delaying the execution, so to say?" I ask. And she agrees with me.
"You have the qualities we are looking for, although if you can't meet the quality versus speed standards..."
And I know where she is going with this.
"Maybe customer service is not for me then. And there is no other department here that could put those qualities to good use?"
She tells me there is not. It's a little bittersweet, but it's the right thing to leave.
"Well, I'd like to thank you for everything I learned. It's been educative"
I would finish this workweek and then we'd say our goodbyes.
Here is my goodbye to the job.

Dear job,

What a ride it has been!
A whole new world opened up to me about a topic that I thought I would never learn so much about. It was interesting and overwhelming at the same time. I am truly grateful for the opportunity of learning how to deal with difficult people and staying calm with them. It wasn't always easy, but in at least 8 out of 10 times I was able to solve the problems for customers.

In other cases I have been able to spread some kindness into people's days. I remember this elderly lady that told me that her husband was going to leave her after 50 years of being married. They had spend all those happily married until the sudden death of their daughter. I remember listening to her and showing my empathy. I even teared up a little. I asked her if there was something that I could do and she told me to change her last name into her maiden's name so she wouldn't be addressed by her husband's name the next time. I changed it, of course.

I advised many people into the right incontinence materials for them, so that they could get out of their social isolation. If that isn't serving a greater purpose, I don't know what could be.

Unfortunately I cannot stay. They don't want me to, but I don't want to either.
We could have given it some more time I suppose, but I prefer to be somewhere my qualities can flourish. Somewhere I don't have to feel guilty for giving my full attention to the people I do it for. Time pressure is not for me.

And so I'm waving you goodbye. It's time for my next adventure.



I may be without a job currently, but I am positive that I will find something that will be a better match. I have learned a lot in the last six months. I do not regret taking the job in the first place, and I feel no grudge for having to leave. I am excited to see what the future holds! 

Did you ever get fired? How did you feel and what things did you do to deal with it? 

Love and blessings,


  1. As one door closes, another one opens. I'm sure you'll find a new job soon, Rose. Big love and hugs <3

  2. This was such a sweet post to read. Closing a door is not always easy, but it's lovely to see people with such a positive mindset. I wish you happiness in your next job, which I am sure you'll find very soon!

    Alya |

  3. Aww, that story about you helping the elderly lady - I would have been tearing up too! It's lovely that you listened to her, showed her empathy and helped her how you could. That is really lovely of you. I wish you the best of luck finding a new job :)


  4. I wish you all the best in whatever adventure you embark on next. Customer facing roles can be really hard, especially when you have to disappoint them sometimes. It's okay for it not to be suited to you, I'm definitely not one for customer service roles and that's fine! Hoping you find something you really enjoy and can sink your teeth into!
    Alice Xx

  5. I wish you all the best. It’s tough being in a difficult job but feels even more difficult to acknowledge it’s not the best-suited position for you. I really admire your bravery. I know you’ll find something even better. XX

  6. I feel like the company you left is going to be the biggest loser in this situation, losing an employee that honestly wants to connect with customers and build strong relationships with them is far more devastating then gaining someone who might be faster but less caring. I am sure that wherever you end up they will benefit from your kind heart.

  7. Good luck for the future! Caring about people is never a bad thing, please never forget that! <3