(Originally posted: 10/10/2017)
Today was the first day of my new job. Technically new, because it’s a new title. However, it’s not a new company nor is it a new team. After being away for almost a year to the day when I walked in everything seemed small.
Why am I back at the place that I left a year ago? It’s simple but then is not. I left to do other stuff. I enjoy the people. But I no longer enjoy the work. The challenge just wasn’t there. But most importantly, unintentionally, I left to learn a whole bunch of stuff. Not just stuff in my profession, but stuff about the workplace. In the last 12 months, I have had seven job offers. Humble brag—seven. Seven, as in I received offer letters, benefits packages and everything. These were no run of the mill entry-level jobs either. Some of the jobs I even excepted but then declined after getting better offers. Or what I thought were better offers. But I wouldn’t change it for the world because I learned a whole bunch of stuff.
So what does one do to get seven actual real job offers in less than 12 months?
I didn’t necessarily do it on purpose. But when I look back there was a strategy involved. Open till this point, I have had a lot of jobs. As a result, I was able to pick up some very unique skills, have my resume written in such a way that I really kind of might look like an expert, and I always left a good impression on the people I worked with. I have had several friends ask see my resume or for me to review their resume. But none of them actually asked for details of what I did to get these job offers. And so I decided to offer up some of my experiences so that if my friends don’t take advantage of my experience at least strangers can. So here we are. I’ll try and go in order but I will promise you anything. Sometimes I’ll just write about things that people experience once there on the job.
This last year has been a hoot.