Remember all those job good wishes I asked for? They worked! Last week I had an interview on Monday that went really well. Tuesday I had a second interview and Wednesday they offered me the contract. Then I started on Thursday – ha!
I was so lucky to have multiple options once I sent my resume around, with several successful interviews. I know a lot of people struggle to find a job and its a lucky time to be an Instructional Systems Designer – there definitely seem to be more jobs than applicants. That changes all the time, as training is often the first thing that companies cut when they need to save money, but it does make me grateful that things worked out for me when I needed it the most.
My new contract is actually pretty exciting. I started Thursday and found out I had exactly one week to ramp up on learning a course before traveling to facilitate a week long pilot (or test run of the course). I’ve always wanted to travel for work, and while this will be the longest I’ve been away from Guinevere, I’m very excited for the opportunity.
I’m currently beefing up my work wardrobe. Three years of working from home, plus three years before that at a company that let you wear jean shorts and sneakers has made for a limited option. So the suits that I purchased back in 2006 for first job interviews either don’t fit properly (shocker, I’m a different size than I was 8 years ago) or are seriously dated.
I’m also on a budget, so I knew I’d need to make some alterations. I found this navy suit at Target and the skirt fit well. The blazer also was pretty close in the shoulders and torso, but the arms are a bit too long and need to be narrowed. I wore it to work on Monday anyway, since I needed something to wear, but am attempting alterations tonight. On my own. So that will be interesting. Or terrible.
I also took these pictures at 7pm, so you’ll need to take my word for it that when I walked into the office at 8am, my suit was neatly pressed, my hair was perfectly bouncy, and my make up was fresh. I also was almost optimistic about my pantyhose. That fondness faded every hour I was trapped in them, particularly when I kept visiting the ladies room thanks to cases of caffeine and had to wrestle out of them (why did I buy the extra high spanx version?!) and then back into them. I went and bought some cheapy Leggs brand the next day – MUCH better. I think pantyhose are pretty outdated in most corporate environments, but many of my client meetings involve older men that are retired military, Republican, and very conservative, so I find its better to err on the conservative end as well.
In non-corporate news, we recently met some friends at a local winery, The Winery at Bull Run, when I noticed a Fashion Show listed on their calendar of events. A little sleuthing led me to track down the site of the organizer. Tickets were too pricey for me, so I figured I’d risk emailing her to see if I could get a “press pass” and come and watch the show, in exchange for promoting on social media and the blog. I was thrilled when she agreed, so this is where I will be on Friday night! I felt silly reaching out, but I’m so glad I did – it should be great fun! If any locals are interested, would LOVE to see you there! Otherwise, make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram for some sneak peeks