Monday, November 29, 2010

My first day at my new job!!

Today was my first official day at my new job. The weather last week was crazy and due to the weather and then Thanksgiving we all agreed it would be best for me to start today.

I think I am going to love this job as much if not more than I loved the last one. They are very similar in so many ways. I mostly just got acclimated to my surroundings today and filed out new employee paperwork. But I loved it!

I am looking forward to getting ramped up and becoming a productive asset to the company. What really made my day special is I got not one but two deliveries today! I am so lucky to have such an amazing friend. Joy'ce had flowers sent as well as a gift basket of edible goodies for me to share with the office. My marriage didn't work out but I gained one of the best friends in the world because of the marriage. Joy'ce has been such a blessing in my life and now I cannot imagine my life without her!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I was let go my first day on the job!

For the day because of snow!! So it is snowing like crazy here. I went to work, got the tour of the office, met 2 agents, read the employee manual then was sent home. The snow was really falling and the Fed Ex guy was having a hard time getting out of the parking lot. My 20 minute commute home took 1 1/2 hours! NO one on the freeway was going more than 10mph. I passed a couple of wrecks. Decided to take this picture of a nice BMW that slide off the road and hit this pole that was in between the freeways.

This is my house when I got home. I hope I am able to go to work tomorrow. I am so excited to start and want the newness of it all to be over with so I need to actually be able to go to work! I am so thankful to have a job!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Never thought I would say this, but. . . .

I got the job!!!

I am now the Executive Assistant at Barrans Realty. I start November 22nd! Click Here to see some of my co-workers and my bosses. I am so excited I can't stand it. Now I pray I will be more than they were looking for in an employee! My first project when I start is to plan the company Christmas party!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TGIF tomorrow!

So when you are unemployed and you hear someone say "TGIF" it really has no meaning. But tomorrow I am thankful that it is Friday because I will hear if I got a job that I was called to interview for twice. I interviewed with one brother/partner then was called back to interview with the other brother/partner and also the wife/agent of the first brother partner. Originally I was called back to just interview with the other brother/partner but the wife of the first inteviewer joined us.

I emailed everyone thanking them for their time and that it was a pleasure to meet them, feel free to contact me with additional questions. . yada, yada and this was the wife's reply. . ."It was a pleasure meeting you as well. Bill (not his real name) had shared some of his time with you so it was good to meet you in person. We certainly will contact you if any additional questions come up. Thanks!" Based on this email I got the feeling that her husband was impressed with me and wanted her to meet me as well and that is why she joined in on the second interview.

This isn't just any job. It is almost a mirror image of what I did at my last job. And I loved that job! I was an office manager for a real estate investment company. The job I applied for is executive assistant for a real estate company.

I feel that both interviews went really well. But I don't want to get my hopes up because it is so depressing when I don't get the job. So I have been telling myself that I don't want the job. And in fact I fear that if I was chosen I would not do a good job. Again, my self confidence has been damaged. Funny thing is that when I have interviewed for other jobs during my current unemployment I thought that the job was perfect for me. When I read this job description I knew I was the perfect person for this job! I sure hope they think so too and I also hope that I will gain my self confidence quickly if they hire me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Being unemployed SUCKS!

So I have been unemployed since February 12, 2010. I have on average applied for 8 jobs per week. Still nothing. I miss the good old days where you would look at the Sunday job opportunities in the local paper and either email or fax about 10 resumes and by Monday would have at least 3 interviews scheduled for that week. Now I send out my resumes and apply to jobs online and am lucky to get 1 interview in a month! Not to mention how no one wants just your resume anymore. Now you have to go to a website and complete their online application. They are so detailed and take about an hour to complete. And no two are alike. I feel like I am back in school writing research papers and book reports on myself!

I have been runner up to a job that I felt was the perfect job and after going through the interview process and waiting weeks for them to come to a decision have been told they chose the other person. URG! It is so depressing. Then I applied for a job with the city. I was so excited to get a letter asking me to come and test for the position. I arrived to the building to see about 150 other people there to take the test for this one position. Then after signing in was told we were the last group out of 4 to test for this job opening. Everyone is ranked based on the scores on the test and they will only interview the top 1 to 10. After taking the 3 hour test I was confident I did well. I left praying I scored in the top 10. I got notice the following week that I ranked 17. Yes 17 out of over 600 is a great score but not good enough to be interviewed. Disappointment again! Oh and one of my favorite was receiving an email after sending my resume that just said . . . NO!

I have had numerous phone interviews, some have told me I am over qualified, others say they cannot pay me what I need to live so I do not advance to the in person interviews. So I don't think I am being discriminated because I am obese. They can't tell I am fat over the phone. I am obese but I am not LAZY!! I want to work! I stay busy by doing service in my church. I have worked at the Deseret Industries, babysit kids in the ward, help at the bishop's storehouse, go to the temple about twice a month, give rides to investigators and new members, go on church tours with the missionaries, help make humanitarian projects with my good friend Bettie and anything else I hear of that needs to be done I volunteer.

I am to the point now that when I look at a job opening I doubt my abilities and qualifications. I am suppose to go to an interview and convince the prospective employer that I am the perfect person for the job and that I will do an amazing job. But I leave wondering if I can do the job. I fear that if they hire me I won't be what they were hoping for and that I am not that amazing person who joins the team and takes them to the next level.

My ego and self confidence is damaged. I fear I will never work again and if I do I won't do a good job and will be let go. I have worked most of my life. I got my first job when I was in middle school. The longest I was unemployed was 2 years but I was a new mom, going through a divorce and trying to get my life together. I went on welfare and worked the system as it was intended. I took advantage of all the programs. They had a program where you worked for your welfare and I signed up. I got Pell grants and went to college. Before long I was hired on at Nellis Air Force Base where I was working for my welfare and my career started from there.

I hope that I can find employment soon and restore my self confidence while paying bills and treating myself to such things as getting my eyebrows waxed and pedicures. Oh and going to the movies would be oh so nice.

So if you are employed and you complain about your job, be grateful you have one! It may suck but not as bad as being unemployed!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My life is Under Construction!

My divorce will be final December 22nd. I will start posting again soon. Besides being unemployed at the moment, I am happier than I have ever been in my life! Now if I could just get a job!