Job Update

Hello there friends.

I just have a few things I would like to share on the new job front.

First of all, here is a video of my new coworkers in all their beautiful Movember spirit.

(If you can’t see the video click here)

Soo, yep. I like it here. I only wish I could have started earlier so I could have made an appearance in that video (you can donate to their Movember initiative here if you are so inclined). That video may have solidified that this job is made for me. Hi, I LOVE fake facial hair!

And I have been known to dance ridiculously on occasion (all the time).

I didn’t know if anything would ever be able to trump the amazing office environment of my old job, but now I am not so sure. This may do it. They don’t have office boccia, but apparently they do have an office beach volleyball league! And softball! And mustache shaving parties!

And people attend them dressed like bananas?

In all seriousness, I am really liking it. It is very different from my old job and there’s obviously an adjustment period, but probably the most refreshing thing for me is that I don’t have to be a jack of all trades anymore. It is taking some getting used to, but in a really good way.

In my old job (and just a note, I LOVED my old job and would never speak badly about it ever), everything that was under the communications/marketing umbrella fell to me. This is no one’s fault, it is just how it goes when you work for a non-profit organization. There are not a lot of staff resources so everyone tends to wear a lot of different hats. My hat was the communications chapeau. This means I was responsible for the website, social media, media relations, graphic design, our magazine, tradeshows, communications/marketing/media strategies and plans, etc. Sometimes I was even the tech person (and I am not techy, I was just the techiest of the non-techies).

Our magazine for example. Three times a year I wrote it, laid it out, solicited the advertising, took the pictures for it, did the cover graphic design and coordinated the printing. And then I sent it to our sponsors, and invoiced them (but most of them had different deals with us, and I had to look up their contracts every time to remember who to bill for what). My coworkers were of course amazing and helpful, but they had their own things going on as well. Everyone was very busy.

For a long time I really loved the opportunity to be able to do so many things. I gained a lot of experience in many different areas, and that was great. But it was taxing. It took a toll on my motivation.

When I am passionate about something I like to put my all into it, and I couldn’t do that. I just had too many things that I was responsible for every aspect of, and it was draining and demotivating. There were times that I would just stare at my computer and think “I don’t even know what to do, I don’t know what to work on.” It was so difficult for me to focus.

But this company has resources. It is still very busy, but it is a different kind of busy. Everything has a really quick turnaround time and it is a very fast-paced and exciting environment. They have departments, and everyone has their own role. I may be involved in a lot of different projects, but I am not responsible for every aspect of them. I don’t have to be a jack of all trades, I can be a master of my own. They have a graphic design team, and web and app developers, and photographers, and video editors, and copy writers! And everyone is passionate and an expert in their field and STUFF GETS DONE. And it gets done QUICKLY. I feel like I am pawning work off onto other people, but that’s just how it is because it is now someone else’s field of expertise. It’s not mine. I am part of an entire digital creative team and it’s so great. Everyone works together and is so helpful and I am so grateful for it. I feel like everything is exciting, and maybe because I am new so everything seems like it is all sunshine and rainbows, but I don’t think that’s all it is.

Also, my entire team is very social media savvy. Most have Twitter and some even have blogs. They discovered my blog (and my piggyback video) before I even started and they LIKE it. They said they wished they found my piggyback video before my interview because they would have hired me on the spot (haha). And I was a bit apprehensive about employers finding it! (my old job of course really liked it too, I was just worried because that video is not the most “professional”)

In my welcome email they included a link to my blog. I love that they immediately embraced it and encouraged it (and I am not saying all of these nice things because I think people I work with are now going to read it, I mean it). I never felt like I had to hide my blog at my old job, because everyone I worked with was incredibly supportive of everything that I did, but I did feel like I had to be really careful what I wrote about.

It’s an adjustment, and there’s a learning curve, but I just feel so damn MOTIVATED. I can’t remember the last time I have felt this motivated. And being motivated in my professional life really makes me motivated in other aspects of my life. It is a ripple effect. So far Operation Motivation has been a raging success (though it hasn’t even been a week yet).

So things are good and I just wanted to rave on about it. Happy Friday! I hope you all have a great weekend!

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19 responses to “Job Update

  1. Thats so awesome!! I’m happy for you!

  2. That video is hilarious! Looks like a fun group! Except for the nipple guy. Watch out for him. 😉

  3. Yay! I’m so happy you love your job. And I’m really excited about mustache shaving contests. I wish my work was not blocking every graphic because I want to see Movember!
    What happened to your other “new” job? Was it contract?

  4. I can hear the excitement in your voice again!! So Proud to have been able to work with you!

  5. Awe muffin!! I’m so happy for you!! We miss you so much, but I’m so glad you are having a good time at your new job! Keep up the good work!!

  6. This is just so much greatness!! So happy for you. And from reading your blog and watching that video, I know you fit in perfectly. There was a blonde girl in there that I kept thinking was you and between the moving fast and the mustache, I couldn’t be sure. Let’s just say it’s you. 🙂

    The last guy in the video – hilarious.

  7. Your new company sounds awesome! Glad you are enjoying it.

  8. Congrats on your new job!! I totally understand how you feel – I recently moved from a ‘kitchen sink’ type of position to something more focused (still at the same company though), and I am so much happier now.

    I am jealous of how fun your workplace is, though! We are a giant corporation, so we only have so much freedom and a certain level of ‘professionalism’ is expected. I can count on one hand the number of people at work I’d feel comfortable telling about my blog, or playing practical jokes on whereas when I worked for a smaller company we pulled crazy shenanigans all the time. Just a totally different environment.

    Congrats again!!!

    • (by ‘professionalism’ I largely mean ‘bullshit’)

    • That’s awesome about your job too! It’s so much better when you can be more focused, as I am discovering.
      And I know exactly what you mean. At my last job I had to be careful about what I wrote about because we were mainly government funded. Tax payers may get all up in arms if they think you are goofing off at work and playing office boccia or something (we played at lunch, just in case any tax payers read this). So yeah, now it is totally different. And I love it.
      it is weird that they all know about my blog though…

  9. I am sooo happy for you! 🙂 It’s amazing that you have a great new job with nice co-workers and that you don’t have to be a jack of all trades now! I know exactly what you mean, because I work retail and it too can be very taxing. It can be demotivating, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love my job and the people in it! 🙂

    So happy for you! 🙂

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