It all started with an affirmation

Rebecca Shears - New Job In Lockdown

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

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