Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Almost two weeks in

I'm almost two weeks into my new job, and I must say that I'm loving every moment of it! My department is comprised of many recruiters and directors and managers and such. As for me, both myself and my colleague (we are both coordinators and do the same job) report to one manager; we are his only direct reports.

This is definitely a change. I'm learning...I'm doing new things, and I'm feeling like my work is actually making a difference. Everyone is really nice. My priorities now are to try and remember everyone's name and to become comfortable with all of the processes and procedures in place. If anyone has a question about ANYTHING, be it a request for highlighters, the replacement of a broken headset, ordering business cards, responding to emails from potential job candidates, getting a new hire ready and set up with all the system access they'll need for when they arrive...or deleting all of their access after they've left...all of this falls on our shoulders. My partner has been here for 8 months and she's an absolute wiz. She's definitely a wealth of knowledge and definitely a Jill of all trades, so I look forward to continuing to work with and learn from her so that I too can be a "Jill of all trades". Tomorrow I have a business lunch scheduled. Me! A business lunch! So excited/exciting.

I've only been in this department for a short time...but in that time I've learned something very huge. What I've learned is that I NEVER want to do what I was doing before ever again. I never thought I could work full time, but I was wrong. I just couldn't work full time in the environment that I was previously in...and I hope to NEVER return. Hopefully after this temporary role is up, I'll either be able to stay in the same role, or, even better, apply to and be accepted into a greater role.

But for far, so good. :-)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm so happy!!

I hadn't realized that it had been so long since I blogged...!

Everything had essentially been the same for a while, so I had nothing new to report. I was still working part time for the bank, I was still loving my boyfriend. 

Something changed, though. I got a new job! I finally finally FINALLY landed an HR role with the bank. I can't tell you how ecstatic I was. 

Everything happened very fast-I had gone through two separate interviews and received the job offer in the span of about a 7-10 days from beginning to end. 

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am. If you have read my blog in the past, then you've read about my frustration. In spite of what I thought were my best efforts,I still seemed to be unable to get my foot in the door. I was doing the same thing for months...years even...and it just wasn't working. I had to do something different. 

I started to align myself with other people in the bank in order to build relationships and to network. I asked for help. I asked my senior director to help me, as he is also an HR professional. He helped me quite a bit with my resume. After that, I landed my first interview a few months later. All it took was that one interview...and my career dreams came true!

So I'm going to be working in an HR coordinator capacity, so I'll be supporting the recruitment team. It's exactly where I want to be, as there is no better place to be if you want to be a recruiter than working with recruiters! I mentioned my desire to continue to progress  in the field of recruitment during my interview when the HR Partner and the hiring manager asked about my career goals. They told me that this is an environment that encourages the continuous improvement and career development of everyone it. I was so happy to hear that...I was absolutely screammming inside of my head "pick me! Please please pick me!"

I met the director of the department a couple of days later. If I didn't already know that I wanted to work on this team (which, honestly, I already knew), I definitely knew after speaking to him. It was such an easy going and stress free conversation. We talked about cooking, my current job, my goals, etc. I don't know if I've ever felt more comfortable and at ease in an interview as I did when I met the director. 

I waited a nerve crushing 4 days to learn that I was the successful candidate. I was sitting in Starbucks after ordering my latte when I realized that I had missed a call from the hiring manager. My heart sank as I fumbled with my phone to check my messages. The message indicated that there was an update about my application and he would like to speak with me. I called response! So I sat there, trying to do a crossword puzzle in an attempt to kill time. After about 30 minutes. I realized that I had to leave as I had a nail appointment. I turned the volume up on my ringer and headed downstairs (this Starbucks is two levels). When I got downstairs I looked at my phone. Missed call again!??  I stood there, staring at my phone in disbelief when my phone rang again. Phew!

We exchanged greetings. He then said "I'm happy to tell you..." before he could even finish the sentence, I mouthed the words "YESSSSS!" to myself. I was over the moon!  We discussed other details before we finished our phone call. I had a permanent creepy smile on my face for the next 20 minutes as I headed to my nail appointment. 

What I learned from this experience is that things will happen when they are supposed to. If it hasn't isn't the right time!

I can't wait to blog vaguely about my work adventures 😝
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