Posts tagged ‘job’

July 26, 2011

day #2

Let me just start by saying it is quite the adjustment going from having zero things one week, to a full time job the next!  But I have been managing (but really, it’s only been two days and I still have three to go before this week is over haha).  Getting up in the morning has been fine, even with that 4:30am wake up call – I don’t technically need to wake up this early but I like to be able to exercise in the morning and have plenty of time in case I get distracted, which happens quite often in the early hours of the day.  I did notice this morning that my eyes are more bloodshot – I’m guessing just from not being used to waking up by an alarm?

Work has been going very fast, which is somewhat a good and a bad thing!  My official hours are 8:30-4:30 (although sometimes longer if necessary) with a 30 minute lunch break.  It’s so nice having that extra hour of “cushion” around what I was used to last summer at my internship that was 8-5 + an hour drive time both there and back.  Oh, and I might have mentioned this before but my new job is only 5 miles away!  Definitely will be breaking out the bike at some point once I get some time in and the temp calms down a bit.

I was given a tentative schedule with a few meetings for my first week and I am already being given my own small projects to work on for an upcoming conference – pretty simple stuff but it’s nice to have my own thing to run with even if it is just copying templates from last year and putting in new info.  I am trying to catch on to the clients as fast as I can but there are so many different policies and procedures that it’s taking some time and therefore taking time away from the more general learning – but all in due course since I am hoping to stick around here for as long as I can ;).  I also have to get some sort of organizational system in place so I don’t get lost in what paper I do have around (although the office is as paperless as it can get, which is awesome!).

Other random things…

This is my desk chair!

I have 4 email addresses – don’t ask.

I can walk around barefoot if there aren’t any visitors in the office ;).

There’s almond milk stocked in the fridge.

Aaand I’m already headed on a business trip next week!  More about that once it gets closer.

Hopefully everything continues to go somewhat smoothly the rest of the week and I am able to get caught up with everything as soon as possible.

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July 21, 2011

i found the light

I still can’t believe it.  I am an employee!  Not just an intern, not a part-time worker, I am officially (well, once the offer letter gets here!) a full-time employee with a salary and benefits.  I never imagined how good it would feel to be offered a job like this – especially when I feel that everything ended up falling into place, whether or not it was following my own personal timeline.

I started my job search in February, which ended up being too early (in my opinion).  I had a couple of phone interviews where I feel that things would have (or could have) turned out differently if I did not have to wait until graduation in May to take those positions.  A few months waiting for an employee to start is too long for some companies, although there are always certain places who do like to hire early (but those were not where I applied apparently).  I had my first in-person interview at the end of April for a Marketing Coordinator position, and even with following up with them multiple times never heard a word from them again… Of course this gave me the feeling that I was not good enough, because even though I knew I had all of the requirements and skills for the position there was something they did not like about me.  I can speculate all I want and say, well they were waiting until they hired the position directly above the one I applied for (which they were), but that does not explain the zero contact I received after my interview.  I do not care if you do not want to hire me, no matter the reason, but TELL me and don’t make me hang on with some measure of a doubt as to the outcome of this position – I think it is rude and inconsiderate and personally has soured me to never being interested in doing business with this company again…

I had come to accept that the aforementioned position was not going to be mine by the time graduation came around (3ish weeks after hearing nothing).  I had applied to a couple of other positions as they came up, but was interested more in finishing classes/projects/school that not too many resumes were sent out.  The morning of graduation however, I saw a position that really caught my eye.  It was for a bakery company, looking for a Marketing & Administrative Assistant.  I wasn’t too keen on having over half of the responsibilities for the position be Administrative Assistant duties (plus the pay was less than at my first internship), but I did like the product I would be marketing and it was within 20 minutes from my house and would be able to carpool with Kinley (saving gas money!).  The  marketing duties really appealed to me however, it would have been the first marketing position the company ever had so I would have been responsible for everything… which I now realize would have been a whole lot of work and much of it would probably have been draining.  Well, as I wrote about in my post, there must be light at the end of the tunnel, I found out after 6 weeks (and 3 interviews, a project, etc.) that the position was no longer being hired for and I was back to square one.

Well, the day I found out that the position was no longer there, I noticed on LinkedIn that a professor of mine from a MBA course posted an entry-level position at her company.  I emailed my professor to see if she would be okay with me using her name on the cover letter and applying for the position.  I received back an email that said “Absolutely”.  So I got my cover letter and resume together and faxed (yes, faxed, and no, I didn’t technically do it – Kinley did haha) my information to the HR person who the company was going through.  This was on a Tuesday.  On Thursday afternoon, I got a call from the HR person who was going through all of the applications as somewhat of a pre-screening process.  She told me she would call me back on Friday if she wanted to meet with me and the meeting would be with her the following Tuesday (July 5th).  I waited and waited on Friday but no call ever came.  I really did not know what happened and why I didn’t hear anything, but I figured it was just not meant to be.

The whole next week I applied to countless other positions while still wondering why I never heard back.  Well, the next week (on July 11th) I got a call from the HR person who wanted me to meet with her the following Wednesday.  Of course I did because I still really wanted the position.  I met with her for only 15 minutes at a local Starbucks – just general questions and she had me take her through my portfolio.  She worked on a consultant basis (I believe) with the company and was meeting with my professor on Friday and would be talking with her about me and the position.  She said not to expect a phone call until the next Monday or Tuesday if she wanted to proceed with an interview.

That’s when things picked up.  On Friday afternoon I received a call that she wanted me to come in for an interview on Monday – and I didn’t even think I would have a phone call by that point!  On Monday, I went to the interview and it took 2 hours, I thought it went well and was very excited and nervous about finding out whether or not I got it.  I was told I would find out their decision within 24 hours.  The next day, this past Tuesday, I received a call a little before noon.  It was from my former professor/president of this company asking me if I would like to accept the job offer.

How could I say no?  The position sounds incredible, there will be some travel involved and they are going to pay me the top amount of my requested salary range.  Within 2 months and 1 week, I am happy and fortunate to be employed.  I am one of a small number of my classmates who are employed at this point and I still can’t believe it.  And I start on Monday!  Lots to do before I start my 40hour work weeks… and I am still going to keep up with my blog as much as I can, so no worries!

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July 20, 2011

what i ate wednesday #9

Today was a busy, busy What I Ate Wednesday!  It is also somewhat bittersweet because this is the last Wednesday I will spend unemployed.  Say what?!  Yes, I was offered a job yesterday and I will be starting this Monday!  It will be very nice to get into the “real world” finally, but I think I will somewhat miss my days of sitting at home.  However my credit card bills will like the paycheck.

Kinley decided to take off of work today to spend one of my final free days with me and it was nice to relax together on a non-weekend.  It also gave us time to shop since I have zero clothes for work.  It will be quite the experience to build up a nice wardrobe in a couple of days – but I am definitely up for the challenge!  I think I’ll write more in detail about my new position (and experiences throughout the process) tomorrow – it’s time to get to my eats!

 


Breakfast

Oat Bran + Rolled Oats, topped with a banana, nectarine, ground flax, hemp seeds, chia and sunbutter.

Lunch

Sandwich with Millet & Flax bread, avocado, hummus, cucumber and salt.  Veggie Straws (my favorite) and a combo of strawberries and blueberries on the side.

Afternoon Snack

Chocolate Banana Smoothie!  

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ~1t cocoa powder
  • ~1/2-1t agave nectar

Blend until smooth and delicious!

Dinner

Leftover pasta salad from last night.  I made Daily Garnish‘s Strawberry Pesto Pasta Salad and it was absolutely delicious.  I also added chickpeas to the mix for a protein boost and had it on a bed of arugula.

Nighttime Snack

Millet Puffs + Erin Baker’s PB Granola + Chocolate Covered Raisins + Unsweetened Almond Milk.  Awesome end to the day.

I ended up with a handful of shirts, a dress, a pair of shoes and some workout clothes (okay, those aren’t to wear for work but I have been meaning to buy some new stuff).  I still really need to find some more dress pants (my two pairs won’t take me too far), maybe a couple more dresses and I am really wanting to get a few skirts, but I cannot find any!  So I will be headed to the mall tomorrow/friday/this weekend to finish up my closet!

Question: What’s your favorite store for dress clothes, specifically skirts?