New Beginnings

Yesterday was my first day at my new job. And let me tell you it was fantastic! When I first got there I was introduced to the other employees in my department. And each one of them greeted me with a warm welcome. Some of them already knew about me starting and were excited I was finally there. I’ve never felt more welcome before.

After being furloughed from my last job, I really didn’t feel like I was appreciated at all. During the furlough I was told that I was free to seek other employment. (I don’t know about you, but that sure sounded like my employer hoping I wouldn’t come back.) So during that time I found a posting for a really great position and applied, not really expecting to hear back. (I told you my confidence was pretty low after what I had been dealing with at work.) I was called in for an interview and really felt like I nailed it. The next day I was called again and a second interview was scheduled. I couldn’t believe it. So I went to the second interview finally feeling good about myself again and I left feeling like I had really impressed the new company. A few days later I was called and informed that the position had been filled by an internal candidate, but that the director was so impressed by me that he thought I would be much better suited for another position that was opening up. I was bummed about not getting the job, but really happy that they liked me enough to tell me about a better position.

After being turned down for the job, I was called back by my company and told that the furlough was ending and I needed to report back to work. I was really sad to have to go back. How do you walk back into a place that just knocked all the wind out of your sails? But I sucked it up and went back, hoping and praying that the other position the new company mentioned would open up soon.

It had been a month since my interviews with the new company and I got an email from their HR department. The new position had just posted and they wanted me to get online and fill out the application. Before the end of that day I had successfully completed the application. The next day the new company called me and scheduled another interview! I went in for the interview feeling fairly confident. I wanted needed this new job. During the interview I was told by the director that he had really been hoping that I would still be interested in the job because he didn’t have a fall back plan if I didn’t. (Score one for me!) The rest of the interview went off without a hitch and I left that day really feeling like the job would be mine. They told me that they had a couple more people to interview and that they would wrap those up the following week and let me know.

The following week was Thanksgiving. Monday and Tuesday went by without a word. I figured that they had forgotten it was a holiday week and that they wouldn’t be calling me. The husband and I decided I should email them late Wednesday if I hadn’t heard anything. 12:40pm Wednesday, 20 minutes before I was to get off work from my current job…my phone rings…it’s the new company! It was the person from HR I had been dealing with throughout the whole process. She wanted to let me know that the director had just left for the holiday weekend but that he didn’t want to leave me hanging all weekend. They offered me the position! (Please imagine me doing a little dance outside my office building and hoping that no one came outside and noticed.) I immediately accepted the offer.

Fast forward two weeks and here we are. I had my first day at the new job and I couldn’t be happier! My new position has a lot of responsibilities and I am up for the challenge. I finally feel like I am going to be appreciated in my work again. And what is even more amazing is that it is about a 5 minute drive from my house to the new job. I’ve never worked so close to home before. This is going to be such an amazing change for our family. I no longer have a 35 minute drive to pick up the kids after work. They are just around the corner from my work and we are home in less than 15 minutes. During lunch I can come home, go visit the husband, have lunch with a friend, or go see the kids at school.

So this is the start of a much better life for my family! The future is sure looking bright!

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