Category Archives: Career Search

New Job, New Routine

Someone asked me earlier this week if I was going to blog about my first couple days at work. My response at the time was a resounding ‘no’ since I wanted time to think about anything but the job. And because I have had trouble separating my work time from my free time in the past. So a personal goal of mine so to try to turn off work when I am not physically at work.

The first week at a new job can be overwhelming since you are acclimating to so many new ways of doing things. Such as the commute to and from work, new eating habits, new scheduled routine, meeting new people, setting up your work area, learning office politics, timing when to put on the work clothes in the morning so the dogs do not cover you with dog hair before you head out the door.

I have had almost a full day away from the new job so I now feel prepared to reflect on the week. It is a very exciting time for the company as they are in a growth stage. I will admit that I had not heard of this company prior to applying for the job I now hold. Any trepidations I may have had about the company were immediately dismissed the day I interviewed. The energy was very positive. Everyone walking in the front door was greeting each other with a cheerful ‘good morning’, the organization is very green/ good to the planet, and health & fitness is a top priority. These intangibles may be toted on the company website but you never know the true ‘vibe’ until you have spent a day in the life. And the life is good.

As far as adjusting to a new lifestyle? The commute is long but my car pool buddy is fun to chat with even when the traffic/lack of infrastructure is driving him batty, I had three good days of eating lite & healthy and two days when I couldn’t seem to eat enough junk food, the routine has been a welcome change to my day, every person has their own amazing personality, the work area is a work in progress due to some technical glitches which will soon be overcome, and the office politics? Well, they are going to be there with any job. And for the dog hair? I picked up some tape brushes at Target.

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Finally, My First Blog

So happy to say that I am finally adding my first post to my blog. What is prompting this long overdue (to me at least) message to the world you ask? A move to Harpers Ferry, WV to stay with my sister and her family to start a new life on the east coast.

Through starting my business/looking for work I have learned several tips, tricks, trials and tribulations that I hope to share with you via these posts. During this time I have also made some self discoveries. After all that’s what life is about; discovering your true self through living life.

Expect the following topics to be addressed the majority of the time as these are the ones that have surfaced the most throughout my journey:

Networking Events – I have become known as the ‘queen of free events’ – some for networking and several for fun. Which are almost one in the same to me. And they say networking is the best way to land your next business deal/job so why not have a little fun while doing it?

Social Media – I have fully embraced the beauty of all things social media as I continue to promote my personal brand. And in creating social media strategies for other business owners. So expect oodles of fun tips and tricks on this topic.

Job Search Tips – Since I am targeting the human resource field (recruiting specifically) I may be more sensitive to this topic than most. Yet I never cease to be amazed by the stories that have been shared by other professionals in my field. I feel every single recruiter should be in job search mode for a while to truly empathize with candidates seeking work.

Hospitality Industry – Restaurants are another business that I believe every person should work in once in their life to truly understand human behavior. I’m sure all of us feel this to some degree about their chosen field of work. And since I grew up working in restaurants it is in my blood. Restaurant people will know exactly what I am talking about.

Food – Another topic that will be touched on partly because of a large chunk of my adult life was spent working with foodies. And partly because I have rediscovered my love of cooking.

Being Green – Or being sustainable, good to the planet, eco friendly, etc. I’m learning more and more about this topic every single day. Join me as I learn how I can make a difference.

They say you should stick to one topic per blog so here I go breaking the rules right from the get go. Maybe this will evolve into several spin-off blogs – who knows? For now it is what it is so join me as I continue to educate my way on my life’s journey.