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I didn’t really expect to generate much interest in my dumb little blog when I started out on December 1.
I didn’t really even expect to find a job within that time.
It was supposed to just be this lame idea that I got bored of part of the way through, and slunk away from – quietly deleting the posts behind me and forgetting I’d ever thought it was something worth pursuing.
Things started to slide after my first post. Lots of people had “liked” the post on Facebook, and that’s just about as much feedback as you can ask for on social media. The next post, less. The next post, fewer. The following posts… maybe none.
I started to get a bit of anxiety. Had I embarrassed myself? Had I said too much?
Then, something weird happened.
People started talking to me about the blog. Not with the “Like” button, but with their words. “I love your blog!” “Please make this a permanent thing!”
Wait, what?! Really?! I mean, you must be joking. I’ve had 17 posts with which to offend you. And… You want to keep reading?! Yeesh. You are a sucker for punishment, aren’t you?!
So behind Day 20 is a beginning… And an ending.
A beginning because this marks my 20th day of blogging – and the day on which I commit to blogging beyond the day the giant chocolate Santa is revealed on the final day of Advent. It likely won’t be every day, since blogging has, embarrassingly, cut into my sleep schedule, but it will be every once in a while. I’ll continue to share my unsolicited advice in the world of HR, psychology, wine, espresso, and more. In exchange, I look forward to hearing your requests for topics, and your own stories (if you’d like to be a guest blogger!).
Today also marks an ending to my job search advent calendar (I suppose you can say I am opening Day 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 early!). I’m simply ecstatic to reveal that I signed on the dotted line this morning, and will be moving on to a company I very much admire – beginning as an HR Specialist on January 9, 2017. I can’t even express how excited I am to be starting here. This company provides software for online training and testing, and offers psychometrics consulting (integrating my love of psychology with my skills in human resources). It was very serendipitous timing that I simply happened to be approaching them at the very time that they happened to need to add another HR team member. I feel beyond lucky that they’ve chosen to offer that role to me – but I don’t want to chalk it all up to luck.
This was a process. It began with researching the company. It began with me saying, “Why not?” and putting myself out there to a key person at a networking event. It began with a bit of persistence, some hard work, and then some luck on the part of the company. I’m no expert on job hunting, but if there’s one piece of advice I can give – get out there. Put on your big girl/big boy panties and do something that scares you. Go to an event. Walk up to someone you’ve done research on, and say, “Hey – did you have a minute?” or “Hi! I’m so-and-so, and I find your company really fascinating. Can you chat?”
Introverted? Great. Send ’em that email that’s been in your Drafts folder for a few months. Ask your corporate crush out for a coffee. People are busy, but I think they’ll make time for people who are willing to put themselves out there – as long as they know you exist. And if you want help or you’re just nervous about it, you can always call me and bounce ideas off me (not that my ideas are that great – but it’s just nice to have a sounding board sometimes).
Anyway, this Christmas, you won’t find me drinking Malbec on the floor under the tree…
Because I’ll be drowning in Champagne.