Friday, July 27, 2018

My Personal Journey Finding a Job in Denver

In the last six months, I've applied to 137 jobs. I've gotten 9 interviews and Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 I got my first job offer! I cannot believe it. I am now going to be making 2x more than my previous job. My second paycheck a month is going to be a just a bonus. Did I say I cannot believe it?! There are so many more things I'm going to be able to do I cannot wait to start planning.

All of this happened, I believe because I put in my two weeks at my last job. I had been there for 2 1/2 years and I just knew I had to take the leap of faith if I was going to be able to move on. Here are a few things I'm excited for and ways that helped me FINALLY get to this day!



1. A new car - At the beginning of this year, I had decided that it was time to upgrade to 4 wheel drive. I had another winter in my little cute car and it just wasn't cutting it anymore. One day I borrowed Ocean Eye's truck to take to work and it changed my world! It was then and there that I decided for me to feel safe commuting to work, I needed to upgrade. My 2018 resolution was to save $1,000 a month, sell my car come January 2019 to have enough money, that I wouldn't have a huge car payment. I made it four months before I had to stop. It was probably my spending habits, vacations and much more, but now I can see it again in my future and I'm so excited. I'm finally starting to even more grown up now!
2. Louis Vuitton purse - I've written a post about this that I have yet to post here. It explains the meaning behind the brand for me and I cannot wait to share the story with you once I finally make my purchase!

3. Paid benefits - My first year of self paid benefits was rough, the second got better, but being able to cut that down even more means I will get to save even more!

4. 401K - I've never had a 401k before, sadly. I've had a savings that I treated that way, but it will be nice to know I don't have to see it and it stays out of reach!
5. Job boards and lots of coffee - Andrew Hudson, Denver Egotist, Glassdoor, friend referrals, and Indeed were where I searched the hardest during my job hunt. The one that finally took hold, was Glassdoor. And that one I used least often! My favorite was Andrew Hudson and Denver Egotist because they had more creative jobs. Indeed and Glassdoor made it easy to apply.
6. LinkedIn - I put a lot of time and effort into my LinkedIn page in the past few months and even this past week and a half since I'd left my job. I think it is an important part of your job search! I was lucky enough to have my new employer take a look at it, I was able to see that and take pride in the fact that my hard work had paid off!

7. Excel spreadsheet - To stay organized, I created an Excel spread sheet of the date, company and position I applied for. When someone got back to me, I added in their contact name and email. If I scheduled an interview, I added that in. When I got a no, I turned the entire row red. Yellow was in process and now I finally have a green ONE!
I want to give a big shout out to all of my family and friends who have supported me through this journey. Have given me shout outs, job referrals, side hustles, resume help, career advice and above all the confidence to do something to better myself and to continue to grow.

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