Tuesday, November 15, 2005

November 1st - 15th, 2005

I apologize for the huge gap in my blog. It's been a long tough road the last couple of weeks. Here's a recap to update everyone: I've...

Had interviews with the following:
Fire Protection Company 9
Career Agency E
Thermal Packaging Company S
Map Company N
Thermal Packaging Company S (2nd Interview)
Retail Broker D
Thermal Packaging Company S (3rd InterviewD)
Retail Broker D (2nd Interview)
Map Company N (2nd Interview)
Turned down the following:
Retail Broker D (This really was a GREAT company)
Learned I was turned down for the following:
Marketing Company R (2nd Interview)
Found out is not hiring a position anymore:
Insurance Company H
AND........drum roll................
Accepted a position with: Thermal Packaging Company S as their new Office Manager!

27 interviews total and I found what I was looking for. I was offerred the position on Friday November 11th and started officially yesterday. I can't tell you the number of things I learned during interviewing. Of those, I learned that:
1. Employees should be rewarded for hard work.
2. Micromanaging is for the birds.
3. I am an asset to any company I work for and put my mind to.
4. I can force myself to stop and let things fall in place and finally have the patience to keep myself from stressing out.
I received a number of rejection letters, but one will stand out as something I have strived to hear from my old employer of 4 years. It was a regular rejection letter from Map Company N, typed in a template, except for one thing. It had a handwritten note at the bottom from the controller. It said..."Michelle, It was a very tough decision for us. You are very talented and have a skill set beyond your years. I know you will be an asset to any company you work for. I plan on keeping your resume on file. Thanks and best of luck to you, M" I had asked for a salary at the high end of their pay scale, but I think that they understood what they were giving up in return. That letter showed me that it pays to work hard and it was just the boost I needed to pick me up. I am talented. I am skillful. I will find a position that fits me, my work ethic, and my need to run with scissors. I did. I found a position and I couldn't be more happy. They are paying me what I wanted. They are paying my cobra when it kicks in. They will implement a medical plan soon, along with bonus, 401K, and profit sharing. Best of all, in this position, I get to run with scissors. I'm finally healthy, I'm finally employed again in a position that screams my name, and I've FINALLY slept through the night more than two nights a week since June of this year. Look out world, because I'm not stopping now.