I'm a healthcare support assistant, i.e. receptionist, and am currently working for an optometrist. I've been with this optometrist for nearly 8 months now. I get paid a decent wage $13/HR and my employer covers my medical insurance at 100%. (I pay for dental and receive vision dicounts.) I don't receive any other benefits such as PTO (paid time off) sick days, vacation time, and retirement (401K). I landed this job after I left coroporate dentistry and had been unemployed for 9 months so I was happy to be employed again. However, I crave more benefits and a more normal work schedule (I work Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM - 8 PM, Fridays from 10 AM - 6 PM, Saturdays from 9 AM - 4 PM and am off Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays). Not to mention, the optometrist I'm currently working for is experiencing some financial woes. If he's not breaking even, he's in the red. He hasn't taken a salary for quite some time. In fact, his son is about to join the practice and he's worrying about how he's going to pay his son. The fact he has a lot of financial woes doesn't sit well for me. It's the main reason why I want to bail for another job.
I've been aggressively looking for another job, but there just aren't any other jobs to apply to. I haven't been on an interview for about 2½ months now.
I'm quite frustrated at the fact jobs have dried up.
I've worked in the healthcare field as a receptionist for 9 years and have worked extremely hard to get to where I am. I started out part-time, minimum wage. I'm a very qualified person and have no doubts I can move on to something better provided the jobs were there.
Is anyone else out there wishing to make a career move and frustrated at the fact jobs have seemingly dried up? If so, how have you been coping with it?