The home stretch

I got an offer.

A very good offer, a job with everything I have been looking for, and more. I'm still pinching myself, still not quite believing it happened.

I have to pass the background check and drug check, and need to go through the lengthy onboarding process, so I'm keeping all my options open until I'm absolutely certain it's a done deal. But given my boring life, unless chocolate is a drug, I think I'll pass these last hurdles without a problem.

And then, on February 22nd, my target first day, I will exhale. In the meantime, I am sending the most positive thoughts to every single person who is experiencing job loss. No one should go through this, everyone who wants to work should have a job. I want that for everyone in this boat with me.

I attribute my incredible good fortune to two things: the grace of God and the help of people who told me right out of the gate that a solid resume and throwing the net wide were the keys to success. Roberta of The Copywriting Maven, you were the first to make it clear that a resume has to show accomplishments, not just functions; you got the wheels turning and got me going. The coach at Impaxis, the career transition company my old employer made available to us riffees, gave me great advice and a cold-eyed resume review. Once I knew that my background had something to offer and was packaged well in my resume, I had the confidence to start sending it around. And boy, did I send it to a lot of places, some I knew I wouldn't qualify for, others that looked like dead ringers. Think throwing it on the wall to see what sticks.

I am feeling a sort of survivor's guilt, too. I know that those who read this who haven't yet found their new position will read it with a pang - gosh knows I've been feeling those pangs these past couple of months as my co-riffees found work. I hope, though, that anyone who is feeling that pang - really, anyone who is unhappy in their work, underemployed, overworked, whatever - and wants something new will go for it. Just go for it.

Everyone who starts at this company is on probation for 180 days. I think that's pretty common now, I think my previous employer did that, too. If all these final pieces fall into place and I really truly start on the 22nd, I want to work really really hard, to pass through that probation period successfully and to make this job my newest career. I have a lot - A LOT - to learn, because as I said I'm not a dead ringer. I bring a different perspective to the position, not to mention I have a whole lotta software to learn, plus a pretty complex financial subject area. I want to learn it all and just work really really hard for a long time.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone. Thank you very, very much.

And keep the fingers crossed that I get through these last gates!! It ain't over till it's over, and for me, over will be when I'm sitting in my new chair! Got a few things to do before then!!

Comments

Dawn said…
Congratulations, Margie!!! So happy for you!
mama2roo said…
How woderful! congrats!
Margie - I'm so glad the little bit of advice I offered helped you kick-start you in a bright, new direction!
Congrats, again.
suz said…
WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Thats fabulous! Good job!
Kris said…
Congratulations! Wonderful news.
A in MD said…
Eeach time I've jumped to your blog, I say a little prayer of hope for your job search. Good news! I hope it all goes well as you begin this new adventure.
KimKim said…
Yay! Great news. Congratulations.
Terra said…
Margie,

May good fortune be yours in year of the Tiger.

Terra
Anonymous said…
Eat nothing with poppy seeds until after the drug test!! Seriously!
Will keep the prayers coming your way and look forward to celebrating this new year and new job with you.
a Tonggu Momma said…
Congratulations, Margie! Best wishes in the coming tiger year!
DBsmom said…
The poppy seed post is from me, Margie.

xo Cara
myminivanrocks said…
Congratulations Margie! I'll continue to send good thoughts your way for a start date of February 22nd!
Heather said…
Congratulations!!
Paula O. said…
So happy for you, Margie. Congrats!!!!!!! Enjoy the weekend and treat yourself to something special. :)
Mo said…
I'm glad that things are looking bright.
Mirjam said…
YESSS!!!
Uncrossing the kids... almost...
maryanne said…
I am glad to see you found something, what a relief! Hope the news continues to be good. How are you doing with the blizzard? It missed N.Jersey altogether but I see south of us got whacked.
Cavatica said…
Everything is crossed for you! And chocolate is a drug, but since it is frequently served at my place of employment, I think you should be okay. Just stay away from poppy seeds. Congrats!!!
Diane said…
I stood up and cheered and then sat back down and re-crossed with hopes that chocolate doesn't wack out the pee test ;)
Stacy said…
Margie, I, too am glad you found my blog. Thanks for reading and letting me know. My fingers are crossed!! (I'll be checking back on the 22nd.)
Yoli said…
Margie that is WONDERFUL!!!! I am so happy for you!

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