Saturday, July 11, 2009

Finally, I Got a Job!

So as many of you know, I was laid off in March from my job as an event planner in Napa. Since then I have been job searching, and working part time for the Alumni Association on campus (a temp position that ends August 14th).

I have been interviewing a fair amount and sending my resume out a TON. But in this economy people don't want to hire relatively new event planners (even though I have 4 years of experience), especially when people aren't even having events anymore. So I've been looking in other areas of work, mainly hotels, hospitality, wineries, and retail. A few months ago I finally came to terms that I am NOT going to find my dream job right now, and even if I find it (which I found a few) the chance that I will get it is very unlikely.

Back to the drawing board I went, to reevaluate my skills, what I am good at, and where I have the most experience, and the best shot at getting hired. Sadly, the answer to each one of those points is Retail. My resume is full of long term retail positions, and of course my Management position at Pottery Barn Kids. I hated being a Manger at PBK. The store was unorganized, dirty and full of germs, and there didn't seem to be any room for growth - especially when the place was so dysfunctional. I hated closing, I hated working on the weekends. But right now, I just need a job, and beggars can't be choosers.

Which brings me to the reason I write this: I got a job! I have been offered to be the Assistant Manager for the Coach store near where Josh and I live. The store managers are all really nice, they seem to have their stuff together, and they guarantee you one weekend off a month (more than I can say about PBK!). They have wonderful benefits, which is a plus considering I have been without them since March, and they have a great bonus program if the store meets its sales goals. Another great thing about this job is that it is only a 15-20 minute drive from our house, and they are opening a new store in Livermore in 2010 (where my family is from)! They are all about internal advancement, so if I am ready for my next step I will have a good shot at getting transferred to Livermore!

So that is where I am at right now, I am still going to keep my eye out for a job that I can actually write home about, but in the mean time, this job will suffice!



Debbie said...

Congrats, Baby!!! Now what kind of discount do you get? Carrie and I are ready to go shopping in your store!!

Miss Adventure said...

Wow that's awesome! Coach is amazing. I hope it works out well for you. =]

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

Congrats! I know it's not your dream job, but that's a really awesome retail job. Better clientele than at most stores! Now when do I get to start abusing your discount? :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That's great! Congrats! Please tell me you get an awesome discount! I'm gonna need you to pimp that out to us.... hahahahah!

Jon and Steph said...

Woohoo, way to go! That's a great job! Congrats ;)

Lil' Woman said...

So does this mean there is going to be a Coach giveaway soon?! lol..just playing but congrats girl!

Sounds like a great job, and it's great that they offer benefits!

Annie said...

oh la la, gotta love COACH!!
Congrats hun!
Happy for you :)

Erin said...

Yay!! Congratulations!! I'm sure your dream job will pop up eventually...probably when you least expect it! But congrats on this job!! I bet you'll be sporting some fancy bags here soon:)

Maryellen said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!!!=)