A few months ago, I wrote about my agonizing job hunting progress and mentioned a company that put me through seven in-person and phone interviews before offering another candidate the job. After that, I almost lost all hope that I would never find a job. I even started to accept the idea of moving back to Louisiana with my husband and start the job hunting process all over again.
Fortunately, at the eleventh hour, I was offered a position at another commercial real estate firm in Bellevue. Yay! I started in January and quickly settled into a good routine. But just when I thought things would cool down and I’d have a moment to relax, I got an unexpected email from the company that passed over me just a few months earlier.
My gut told me to ignore the email, but after talking to a friend about it, I was encouraged to look into it, just to see what they were offering. I was a bit skeptical about why they were interested in hiring me, but after it was explained that the brokers had the final say (and that they thought I would be a better fit on a different team), I chose to keep an open mind. It was actually nice knowing that they had a good enough sense about me to know which team I’d be best for. From there, it just snowballed. Surprisingly, after only about two or three weeks, they offered me the job and I happily accepted.
So, to be honest, I wasn’t so much poached as much as I willingly joined the team. Of course, my current supervisors wanted to keep me but ultimately accepted that I had to do what was best for me. I felt terrible about leaving since I’d only started working there three months prior, but the offer was too good to pass up. Here are the main reasons why I decided to take a new position:
I’m a city gal at heart.
Yes, even though I grew up in Ama, Louisiana (it’s here, because I know 100% of people reading this have absolutely no idea where it is), I’ve always dreamed of living in the city. I’m definitely a product of the Sex in the City era.
I needed more of a challenge.
While my previous job was great, I didn’t feel challenged enough. It wasn’t necessarily the company’s fault; there just wasn’t much going on where I could really get my hands dirty. But now that I’ve started my new job, I kind of feel like I’ve bitten off a little more than I could chew only because I’m stepping into projects that are already halfway done.
The commute is less stressful.
Since I live closer to the city, I have access to public transportation, which means I’m not sitting in traffic for hours wishing I had Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.
I get to be more social after hours.
Since most of the events I attend happen in downtown Seattle, it’s nice to have the option to walk or catch a Lyft instead of having to leave early from work and try to make it across the lake before the event ends.
I’m still getting used to the new position, but hopefully, over the next few months, I can get settled and start working on my next project, which will hopefully set me up for life (if I plan it just right).