2020 has had its ups, downs, lefts and rights and to be honest my patience was wearing thin with it. If you had told me in January that I was going to be furloughed, lose my job, in and out of temporary jobs and then offered my ideal job in October, I would have probably been lost at the word ‘furlough’. As 2020 went on, it became very apparent that picking up a new job in lockdown that I really wanted wasn’t going to be as easy as I first thought, companies were making redundancies and the job world went very quiet. Once lockdown was eased I managed to get a job in retail so my days of home workouts, long walks and baking endless amounts of sweet treats came to an end. It was from here I knew I wanted to set myself a goal that I would achieve by the end of the year so I could look back and think ‘maybe 2020 wasn’t so bad’. I set myself an affirmation of ‘by the end of the year I won’t only be in a job I like, but in a job I love!’. I kept telling myself that all these negative episodes were because something positive was coming my way and I would have to be patient and take each day as it came.
I got to a point of panic applying because I just wanted a normal and stable job with a regular income, I didn’t really care what it was, I just wanted anything. I received a call from Starting Off in October who said there was a company who were interested in seeing me for an interview and if I was interested they would send me over all the details. Without hesitation I said yes, I didn’t even know what or where the company was but I just wanted this interview.
That night I received all the details of the interview and I began my research. Well, 5 minutes in and I knew this company looked right up my street and this looked like a really great place to work. The website gripped me and I just wanted to keep learning more about them. I gathered all my information and a couple of days later I had my interview. I walked into the room and was greeted by everyone and was then sat down in a little booth at the side of the room and I quickly realised my interview would be in front of not just Ben and Chloe but other little ears listening (scary, yes!). Strangely though, I didn’t feel nervous, I instantly felt comfortable which I knew was the first big tick. Unlike some of my previous interviews I walked away and I knew this was a job I really wanted and somewhere I could see myself working. Interviews aren’t always everyones forte and I can definitely say that is the case for me. I tend to waffle and end up telling my life story when a simple question of ‘tell us a little bit about yourself’ arises. So when I was asked to come back and present myself creatively I was over the moon that I had another opportunity to showcase myself in a way I knew how and in a way where I was 100% comfortable. I created ‘All Things Rebecca’, a magazine about myself and why the job was right for me. I loved creating it and it allowed Ben and Chloe to have a sneak peak into my brain (I’m not even sure what goes on in there half the time). I left the interview in such a positive mind frame and with the mindset that if I’m not right for this job that’s ok because I had reminded myself of how cool I actually was and all wasn’t lost! This was a huge pick me up for me as I think 2020 has had a lot of people feeling a bit lost and I would be appreciative of the opportunity to potentially start a new job in lockdown whatever the outcome.
Well, maybe affirmations aren’t a load of poppycock after all?! I got a call on the 21st October to say I got the job and was due to start at the beginning of November. Are you really excited for a job if you don’t call every family member and pretend you didn’t get the job? Myself and my family were so over the moon and excited for this opportunity and I just couldn’t wait to be part of the team.
I am writing this on day 5 at All Things Management and I can honestly say I have never felt so welcomed by a team before and I really do feel part of the furniture already. The thought of getting a new job in lockdown sounded scary and I felt very apprehensive but I knew even from my first interview that if I were to be successful this would be a team of people that would help me thrive and achieve the best to my ability and more. These guys have so much knowledge and I cannot wait to learn and develop as a marketeer with the whole teams help and support. I feel so lucky to have been given an opportunity like this, especially in this crazy world we are living at the moment.
So, I think the moral of the story here is affirmate everything! (Currently affirmating that Summer 2021 will happen!).
By Rebecca Shears – Digital Marketeer at All Things Management