Hooray! I accepted a project management position at Urban Lending Solutions and I started on January 21st, 2014. As many of you know, I decided in early 2011 that I wanted to leave self-employment and get a “real job” in a corporate environment. To accomplish that, I went to school. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Project Management in April of 2013, and that was step one. It’s nearly impossible to get a job as a project manager without certification from the Project Management Institute, so I took a required boot camp and studied a lot before taking and passing the exam in November of 2013. Then I was ready to devote my time to finding a new position.
I really, really prepared for the job search. I had a professional service redo my résumé, and it turned out really well in my opinion. That went up on MonicaIsraels.com right away. Then I studied like there was going to be an exam. It was a decade since I interviewed for a corporate job, and I had heard that times had changed. Besides, the last time I interviewed I was a Web Developer. I started with the 2014 Knock ’em Dead Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin Yate, and it was very helpful. There were exercises described in the book that really helped me get a handle on vocalizing what I had to offer as well as meeting interview expectations. I worked on my LinkedIn profile almost every day for a month, and I think it’s pretty good. I even gave Glowball.com a much-needed overhaul. I bought résumé paper and envelopes. I bought CD business cards and made labels that matched my new business cards. I prepared for all types of interview questions. I was ready to start what I thought would be a long series of interviews.
I had a friend in Toastmasters who knew of an open project management position where she worked, and I gave her a résumé and business card to take to the hiring manager. I filled out the online application, and then the holidays came and went. A few days into the new year they called and I had an interview. It was my first interview, and I was really fired up and excited. It went really well, and it seemed like a great place to work. My fingers were crossed.
A week later they offered me the position and I accepted. I started another week after that. Wow, what luck! I went on one interview and landed the job. I think it was mostly luck because the first interview happened to be the perfect job with the right people at a great organization. But a lot of it was due to preparation. It was another project I managed, and it was a success.
This means the path I started down in 2011 has come to an end. It’s such a relief, and I’m really enjoying the new opportunity. But, like the end of any long journey, I’m a little sad it’s over. It was a fun and adventurous ride, and I’ve grown and learned a lot along the way. Now I’m off to my next career path. The future is bright.