|Shop Girl circ 1980|
|Department manager circ 1985|
|Me at my most favorite job as HR Administrative Assistant circ 1987|
|Happy at work in my cute little office circ 1988|
I absolutely loved this job! It was fun and challenging, and my days went really fast and I loved the people I worked with. After I had my third son, Grayson, I quit working and became a stay-at-home mom. We later had baby Hayden to complete our family. I loved being a full time wife and mother!
|Me working in my home office as a medical transcriptionist circ 2002|
I was very blessed and worked at home for six years. I worked just three days a week and chose my own hours, so I was available to my family whenever they needed me. I would get up early and get my husband off to work, then type for an hour, then wake up my boys for school and take them to school, come home, clean my house, then type for a couple of hours, bake something, type some more, then pick up the kids at school and be with the family for the rest of the day. I was able to go to all of their field trips and class plays, etc with this job.
|Me working as a surgery scheduler for the cardiac surgeons circ 2007|
I also realized I was getting lonely during the day. My kids were older and busy and I didn't feel I was needed at home as much. I felt like I was ready to get out of the house and meet new friends and get a job outside the home. My husband and kids supported me with this decision and I started looking for a new part-time job outside the home. I decided that I was only going to take a job that had benefits so I could get insurance, paid vacation and build a retirement. Again, the Lord blessed me with a great job at a hospital working just 16 hours a week, one thing led to another and I had several different positions at the hospital from 2004 to 2008.
|Me at the local clinic as the front desk receptionist circ 2011|
|Hayden waving goodbye to me after he popped into the clinic to visit me|
|Me ready for a big interview in February 2013|
I started applying for jobs at other hospitals and clinics and even at offices outside of the medical field. In February of 2013 I finally got a call for an interview from a bank where my friend works! I wore my gray pinstripe pantsuit with a black blouse, black heels and purse and wore pearls.
|Ready for another interview 2013|
|Heading off for another interview 2013|
After this I applied for a department coordinator position at my company, had an interview, but did not get chosen. I was feeling very old and undesirable and unhireable.
|Heading out for yet another interview. Fingers crossed, will this be the one?|
|Here I go again to another interview January 2014|
I kept praying about it and one day on a whim, and actually with a bad attitude thinking, "Why am I even doing this, they won't call me", I sent in my application for a part-time benefited position in the Education Department of the company I currently work for.
To my complete and utter surprise, I received an email from the manager stating he would like to set up a phone interview with me. I was so very excited, but also absolutely scared to death. You see, after all the failures and disappointments, I had no confidence in myself. I was completely drained and had no belief in myself, but I did believe that God could help me and I was in the palm of His hand.
It was 10:30am and I was prepared and I made the call. I was soooo very scared, but God gave me a confidence and I felt like I did really well! The manager was so nice and we communicated very well. He seemed excited about my resume and all of my past experience. I was very honest and told him that I didn't have experience in some areas, but that I knew I could learn it. We spoke for an hour. When I hung up the phone I felt very good and I could not believe it when I got a call later that day to set up a face to face interview!
|Hopes up, fingers crossed and lots of prayers on my way to my big interview. March 2014|
I also brought my black leather portfolio which held packets I had prepared with my cover letter, my resume and 5 letters of recommendation from my previous supervisors.
I lightened my hair, whitened my teeth and did my nails. Because of my previous defeats, I had no confidence in myself, if God wanted me to have this job, He would have to do it.
The interview went very well, but I have learned from my previous experiences that I cannot trust how I feel about the interview. They seemed to like me and seemed very impressed when I handed each of them my resume packets. At the very end of the interview they asked if I had any final thoughts and I threw my Hail Mary, after all, this is my last chance, what have I got to lose? I said, "Well, I just thought I would tell you that at every job I have had my co-workers have told me they hate it when I have a day off because they enjoy me and miss me when I'm gone." I told them I felt strange saying that, but it's true and they all smiled and loved that I said it.
As soon as I got home I sent them a "Thank you for the interview" email and then waited.
Will they hire me? I don't know, I'm giving it all to God. They said they would probably know by Monday. Monday came and went and I never heard a word. I thought it was all over, but......
|It's not a reject email, it's an offer!!! I got the job!!!|
|Happy, thankful working girl April 2014|
I know this blog post is really long, but I wanted to share with you how utterly defeated I felt and how God brought me through it all by His strength, His mercy, His grace and His favor.
"May the favor of the Lord Our God rest on us and establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
"So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot." Ecclesiastes 3:22a
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23a