A Fresh Start

I’ve been keeping a secret from all of you. But there’s a back story I want to tell first.

Y’all know I worked at Half Price Books. Y’all also know I quit that job in search of something better. Y’all know I haven’t been quite as successful in my job search as I’d have liked. But y’all don’t know I accepted an offer a month ago.

In December I interviewed with a highly respected and very well known company. It’s a company I firmly believe shares my values and encourages inclusiveness and diversity at every level of the company. People say a lot of things about millennials, of which most are patently false. But I know this is one that’s widely true. Young people want to work for a company that shares their values, and I’m no different.

I spent a Friday afternoon taking various tests for the position I applied for. Then interviewed the following Friday. After months of interviews with different companies and law enforcement agencies, this interview was the longest and most conversational. I didn’t feel like I was being interrogated.

They said I’d get a response after about three weeks once all interviews were completed. I got the answer I was hoping for. My first day is today.

I know no two experiences are identical. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’m fortunate to have found a position within such a great company. But so often I see people essentially giving up. Sometimes they’ll blame the economy or they’ll blame politicians or they’ll blame themselves. I could have done ALL of those. I believe in December the unemployment rate among college graduates was less than 3%. Underemployment was slightly higher, but I wasn’t underemployed. I was unemployed. I could have lashed out. I could have let the months of not knowing really get to me.

But I didn’t. I kept applying. I kept reviewing my resumΓ© to make sure it was polished. I kept interviewing with companies from all kinds of industries. But most importantly I kept believing in myself. And that’s what I’d tell someone in a similar position. Believe in yourself. Be confident. Be open-minded. Be true to you.

Today I start what I hope will be a long journey with a company I’m proud to work for. And not everyone gets such an opportunity.

I’ve had plenty of encouragement from a number of people on here when I’ve written about my job search. It is ALWAYS appreciated.

Also, I’ve posted every day of 2017! Ayye!


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15 thoughts on “A Fresh Start

  1. Intrigued to know more about your new job – sounds very positive. Well done John and here’s to your continued success πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks! Today was a long day and all kinds of information was thrown at me. But I’m 100% positive I’m going to enjoy every minute of my time with the company. I’m not naming it because I’m incredibly outspoken on here and I don’t want people to mistakenly think I represent its views. Though I’m confident my views are in line with the company, my delivery probably isn’t the most subtle. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Congrats! And good luck on your first day!

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  3. Great news! Congratulations and Good Luck.
    I just started a new job this month too. I’m really happy about the change and I can completely relate to how you feel.

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  4. Cannot wait to hear more about the job! This sounds wonderful and very promising. I am so glad your efforts are paying off. Congrats!

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    • Thanks! Today was a LONG day. A little tired at this point. But today reinforced my decision to accept the position. I don’t think I could have found a better fit for me.

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      • That is thrilling! I know that since I found work with the right company, my life has changed. And now since my illness, they go above and beyond by setting me up to work from home. I hope this new job is all you want and more! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      • Today the new hires had lunch with different leaders and executives from within the office. Just a really cool first two days. Next week all the real fun begins. The first of seven weeks of training. It’ll be exciting.

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      • Wow! 7 weeks is an extensive training program, but that and being introduced to the “higher ups” is a very positive sign. I remember getting to sit with the president of our company after I was hired and feeling so good about the job decision because a lot of places do not give that time and attention. I know I said it already, but very excited for you πŸ™‚

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      • Yes. I’m sure it’ll be a ton of information throughout the 7 weeks, but I imagine I’ll be fully prepared once training is over. I’d rather have that than just being thrown into work to “learn on the job”.

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      • I know! I have been thrown in there.. it stinks. Who does that.. especially to a nurse haha. Oh well, on to better things huh πŸ˜‰

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