Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well, It Finally Happened!

One of my goals of 2013 was to find a new job that was more in-line with my long term career goals.  I am a dedicated worker and want to make a difference in what I do for a company and I just didn't feel like I could do that at my current job.  I am so thankful to have had this job (thanks to a former co-worker), but it was a contract job that was up in January.  They renewed my contract, but never told me for how long or if it was ever going to be permanent.  If I wanted to take a day off I had to do it unpaid, never earning future days.  Thankfully we use Davids health insurance so that wasn't a big deal, but it's nice to be offered those.  I also had to fill out a time sheet and have it signed every week... not used to that (although they were very flexible with me).  

I have been looking for a new job aggressively since December/January, but honestly I have been looking for "the" job since May/June of last year.  I have done the unemployment thing, the waiting for weeks on end to see if I'll get a call back, the numerous rounds of interviews only to find out that "we've went with someone whose skills were more in line with the position," and not hearing back at all.  It can definitely take a toll on your confidence and your ego.  Although I have been a little picky as to location for the job (I didn't want to commute more than 30 mins) and the line of work. I probably applied to 2-3 jobs per week, every week that fit my criteria since I had a job I felt I could be a little more stringent. 
Well, my hard work and dedication has paid off! I finally heard the magic words, "We'd love for you to join our team as the marketing manager. You were the front runner and my top pick!"  As of April 2nd I will be a marketing manager for a real estate company's Atlanta offices. They have 8 offices and I will be in charge of implementing corporate marketing practices, training Realtors on marketing services we offer, helping Realtors one-on-one come up with tailored marketing plans to grow their business and much more.  There are over 100 plus agents that I will be working with.  I am looking forward to a new challenge and really making this position in to my own.  I am so thankful for my supportive family and husband who told me time and time again that I was good enough and I would find "the" job soon. 

Fun facts
- I have always loved houses/real estate and look every day at the market in my area, even before and after we sold and bought our current house. 
- I interviewed and did get offered a job as a real estate assistant back in August/September, but he offered me less than what I was getting paid at unemployment so I had to politely decline. 
- This new job and my other long term job I found via craigslist (don't worry I verified the listing on their corporate website).  
-It took my 5 months to find a job once I was laid off, and another 5 to find this one (which is the average time in this economy according to my HR friend). 
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8 comments:

Jen S said...

Congrats, Jen! That is awesome! Hope you love this job- it sounds great.

Chris said...

Congrats again! Can't wait to hear how it goes. Definitely sounds fun/interesting and glad it all worked out in the end! :o)

Mock family said...

WOOHOOOO!! i hope it's as fun as it sounds!!

leah said...

Oh that is SUCH exciting news, Jen. I'm so happy for you and know this is something you've been trying to find for a while. So so pumped for you, can't wait to hear how it goes once you start. Sounds like a perfect fit!!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you! You will be close so we can do lunch! Love G

Gigi said...

So proud of you - I knew you could do it! Sorry it took so long.

Jen said...

Fun! Congratulations on the new job!! It sounds great!

Sara said...

Awesome!! Congrats on the new job! I'm so happy for you! So impressed that you were patient and determined and got the job you wanted! Fantastic!

 
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