It’s been quite some time!
You know how, when the going gets tough, you can either tell the world, or hide away? I’ve been hiding.
Things are going a lot better now, which is good, but the holidays and spring were rather stressful. Things didn’t really start to improve until May, when I landed a different job as a sales rep for Logitech. I’m a bit poorer, but I’m also a lot less stressed, so I count it as a “win.”
I won’t really get into the details, but let’s just say the first half of this year was pretty darn stressful. I’m hoping this fall will not be, but who knows?
I have once again decided that I need to start actively looking for a non-retail-oriented job. This is going to be my primary focus through the rest of the year. I would love to get into something more creative, but I doubt that will be happening anytime soon…at least, not until I can develop some more relevant skillsets!
In other news, living here is pretty great. I’m definitely getting a gradual tan (unintentional) from being outside more. The weather is continually stellar, although I wish it would rain occasionally. It happens so little and so rarely I’m worried that it might not ever REALLY happen. El Nino is coming though, so I’m keeping my hopes up!
I did have my 30th birthday recently, which was pretty great. I went and toured a brewery with some friends and had dinner with some other friends! All in all, it was a fun weekend!
Anyways, I’m going to try and start posting more often…hopefully with more insightful things to say!
I still can’t believe I’m actually here.
Every day I wake up and even when I’m driving to work it’s just so picturesque and beautiful.
I haven’t stopped listening to electronic dance music since I’ve come here too…no idea what’s up with that.
You know how, in my last blog, I was mentioning being stressed out because my position was being eliminated, and how I’d applied for the promotion in CA but realistically doubted it would happen?
Well..It did. Even though I felt both of my interviews went technically well, I still just didn’t think it would happen. I came back into my room after a shower three days after I thought I would hear back to a voicemail from a person I had never talked to with STA.
Here it comes…the rejection…
“So we’d like to offer you the position if you’re still interested.” And I spent the rest of the day and even the week in shock. To be honest I think I’m still in shock.
Everything is going well so far work-wise. I feel like I have a really tight-knit team, although some of them are leaving for better opportunities (still with Samsung lol, best company to work for I think). Our market is struggling but I think we just need a major morale booster and the holidays and Note 4 launch will do just that. My boss seems very cool and receptive and communicative, which is great.
I walk literally everywhere I can-the weather here is in the 70’s most of the time. On my days off I’ve been trying to at least make sure I walk around a park or something similar for a little while just to enjoy the nature and weather. I still get to hang out with my friends on a fairly regular basis and my boss really emphasizes quality of life, which I think is amazing.
So far I’m still in honeymoon mode mentally but I’m doing my best to keep that attitude for as long as humanly possible!
A month ago I was on a conference call in which I was told about an exciting new prospect within my current job.
“We are very excited to announce we will be hiring for new MM (market manager) positions. If you are interested, you will need to apply. If you are selected for an interview you will need to provide an updated resume.”
After this, a volley of questions followed from fellow Trainers. We discovered our positions would be eliminated. There was no answer as to what would happen if we did not get the MM positions, but we were told they would “get back to us.” Our own managers (because we work for an outside company) did not know what was going on. My own was apologetic and sincere when explaining to me that she knew exactly what I knew.
The positions were supposed to go live 10 days ago, and the first ones have rolled out regionally today. Houston is not yet on the list but of course I have applied to my “bucket list” cities.
After the call I immediately started looking for any opportunities. The language in all of this was very slippery, and I don’t like taking steps backwards. My newly-hired boss told me point-blank: “There will be a lot of more experienced individuals applying for this job. You have an insiders perspective, so that will help you, but it will be a brutal interview process.” I have been working as a trainer for a little over 4 months, not doing much “manager” wise as I wasn’t supposed to.
He is the second person I have had to train on the market. The second person I am giving all the information he needs to get things done, like organizing employee lists, short forms of what is needed to run the market, explaining the different scheduling processes and staffing to him because he doesn’t know it, doing resets, and, now, holding people accountable, because he has told me I can and should. I am making schedules for stores whose privileges have been revoked even though I am definitely NOT supposed to be doing that. Now, he keeps telling me that I’m going to become an MM, and I appreciate the positive language, but I know the real reason it is being spoken.
Nintendo, in the meanwhile, posted two job openings for Retail Reps in San Francisco, and I applied. It’s a position I’m technically overqualified for, and have wanted for almost ten years. It’s in the city I want to move to. The last time I interviewed with them it was a 3 month process. I am hoping that, if I have a chance, they call me soon. The timing and location is so weirdly perfect for this…if things were to go in my favor. I called my local rep and asked to be referred and she is trying to help me out, which means so very much on both a personal and professional level.
In the meanwhile, I apply for the other jobs, jobs I wouldn’t mind having, jobs I want…but I don’t want any of them as much as I want this one.