Earlier this year, my entire work life was upended when my department went through a reorganization. I didn’t talk about it much online, but the stress leaked out a bit on my blog and Instagram posts (here’s one). I swear, I wasn’t trying to vague-book or get attention… I was just trying to share what was going on in my life without putting it out on the internet that I was absolutely miserable.
Because sharing that you are miserable in a job that pays the bills is kind of a bad idea.
Anyways, I knew going into the reorganization that it was going to be a bit painful. I didn’t know that the scope and focus of my job (which I am damn good at) would change. I went from working with an absolutely amazing boss who supported me and made me laugh, to a something that made me hate going to work every day.
So, I dusted off the old resume, spruced up my LinkedIn profile, and reached out to a few friends and a recruiter. I was super picky about positions, so I only ended up applying for a few jobs that I knew I would really enjoy. I figured, even if it took 6 months or more I’d be patient and find something that I truly loved.
Then, I had one of those days at work that totally wrecks you. I didn’t think I could bear another minute of it and even took the next day off as a mental health day so I could re-calibrate.
That day, I applied for an interesting job and reached out to my recruiter to see if she knew anyone at the company. She didn’t, but reaching out to her sparked an idea that I might be a good fit for a position she was currently working to place.
I had an interview with that company the following week. It went so well, they called me back in for second interview with a larger group of decision makers the very next week and I had a job offer that afternoon.
I put in my notice at my current job that Monday and left for Hawaii two days later.
To say that I’m thrilled is an understatement. The stress immediately lifted off my shoulders and I am downright giddy about this new opportunity! Sure, there will be challenges in my new position. I’m sure there will even be difficult people to work with (there always are). But, this new position is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. I’m able to use my 20 years of marketing and communications experience, as well as my shiny new Master’s Degree.
My last day at my current job is on Monday and then I have off the rest of the week. I start my new job on Monday, June 10th and I am so excited and thrilled and happy and I can’t wait to dig in!