After a long, stressful, suspenseful week at work, I finally got a call late Thursday afternoon.
I GOT THE JOB!
I’m SO EXCITED!
^Very much what I looked like at my desk after I got the call.
I will be moving one step up the ladder! My new job will be taking care of the IT needs for the top executives in the company, their admin assistants, and the Public Affairs office which is about 100 people all told. My career timeline might be shorter than most, but it’s still a very good step for me.
I don’t know quite when I start my new position yet. My soon-to-be-former manager is out of the office on vacation this week, so I have to wait for his go ahead before I get to set a firm date. I have to start it by January 1st, as that’s when my current position ends. I have to start it by December 17th, as that’s when my lease ends. I’m aiming to start the new job December 5th, but that’s based on me finding a place to live, signing the papers, and getting my stuff moved. I don’t really care if all my stuff doesn’t get moved by the 5th. I can live out of a suitcase and sleep on an air mattress until the movers do their magic.
My new job will be like coming home. My very first position with the company was as an intern at the Headquarters building. I will be going back to the same manager, which just goes to show how very important networking and maintaining relationships in the company is to your career. I knew I wanted to come back to this career field, so I made it a point to stop in and say hi when I was in the area, sent Merry Christmas emails every year, and just generally stayed in touch. This paid off in spades! I was the first person to hear about new job openings on their team.
I got incredibly lucky with this job. MegaCorp is going through a bit of a tumultuous time – layoffs, reorgs, and voluntary separation packages. The only reason this job got posted immediately, instead of waiting until the rest of the jobs went up, is due to the critical nature of the team. It’s a 3 person team, and 2 of the spots would’ve been vacant.
This came at the perfect time for multiple reasons. My rent went up 60% when my lease ended and I went month to month (so ridiculous). My soon-to-be-former teammates are becoming toxic to be around. A few of them are ok, but the rest do NOT like me. I’m not quite sure why, as I’m always perfectly friendly and actually go out of my way not to irritate them. The depth of her dislike was revealed earlier in the week when another coworker clued me into some drama she was trying to start. I’ve known for quite some time she talks about me behind my back, but I didn’t really care until now. The only reason I cared is because she said I was a terrible worker that should be fired instead of given a raise and a new job. If she knew who I was interviewing with, she would’ve called them and told them not to hire me. I’m not a fan of people trying to sabotage my career. So, I reported her to HR and am letting them take care of it. Her threats are useless and baseless (and actually make her look super petty and bad), but if she’s willing to go to such lengths for me you can bet she’s doing the same to other people. Not a great environment to be in every day!
The other reason I’m excited is due to the timing. My new job goes into effect December 1st. Bonuses come out December 15th. Since I am now one step higher on the ladder, my bonus will be accordingly higher! I will delve more into the financial aspect of this in another post so I can go into more detail, but I’m pretty confident this will be a nice chunk of change to use as a down payment for a rental property. Who doesn’t love more money!?!
For the foreseeable future, my focus will be on finding a place to live, navigating the holiday season, finding my footing and trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible. After the first of the year I plan on starting the hunt for a new rental property. I am fortunate my new/old town has a lot of multifamily properties, unlike my current city. I will also have to utilize my down time better, as this new job will not be a strictly 9-5, 40 hours per week kind of deal. I am used to working on this blog at work during my down time and I know I will have much less of that (if any at all).
All in all, I am very much looking forward to this position as I’ll be surrounded by friends, closer to family, and doing work I love. What more could I ask for?