Where do I begin?
At the beginning of this year I found myself struggling quite a bit with where I was in life. I was not happy and really wondered if this was all that life would really amount to be for me. I hated my job, resented the people I worked with, was tired of the same ‘ole same ‘ole but still managed to smile and not dwell on the negative but I knew there was something missing.
I rekindled an old relationship around March of this year that began taking me down a totally new and exciting path. I met this man a few years back and due to us being in two different places at that time in our lives things didn’t really work out. Fast forward a few years and here we were again — talking and soon thereafter back in a relationship. This time was different. This time he was stepping up. He now lived in Florida and invited me down to visit. In May I visited and while there he invited me to come live permanently. I went through several days of anxiety at the thought of moving away from my family and friends but decided that if I could find a job in Florida then I would give moving a shot. I had been in Maryland since high school and was not going anywhere career wise.
So, I began looking for a job. The company I worked for had recently partnered with a large Bio-Pharmaceutical company and something in the back of my mind said “go to their website and check out the career section”. It was there that I found what I felt would be the perfect job for me. The skills required aligned perfectly with mine, the company culture aligned perfectly with the type of place I envisioned working in, and there were opportunities to learn more. I applied. A few days later I received an email requesting a phone interview for the position. After speaking with the recruiter, I knew that I really wanted this job I just had to make it through interviewing with the hiring manager. At the same time that this was going on, I began packing up my house anticipating that I would be moving soon either to Florida or into a home of my own since I had finally been approved for a home loan.
It wasn’t long after my conversation with the recruiter that I received a phone call stating that the hiring manager would like to conduct a phone interview with me. My nerves began to kick in and although I was excited I was still trying to hold it together because I couldn’t believe that I was really moving forward in the interview process. The hiring manager and I spoke a few days later and at the end of the conversation I did something that I had never done before and that was ask if what he thought about my candidacy. I was nervous to hear the answer but to my surprise he stated “I really like you and I would like to invite you down to interview”. WOW!! I was so shocked and a few days later I was on a plane on my way to Florida — compliments of the company I was interviewing with.
To Be Continued…