I Got a New Job

The last few weeks have flown by in a flurry of excitement and lots of conversations. This is the story of how I got an exciting new job.

For a while now, things were uncertain at work. We had new leaders, a huge restructure which saw a lot of people made redundant or leave, and my small team, in particular, were unsure of whether or not we’d even have a job after Christmas.

So I lamented with my boss and told her that I’d see what’s out there in the job market, simply out of curiosity. I felt it was important to be upfront with her, and she was super supportive, as she always had been.

Seeking new adventures

Late on a Sunday night, I started browsing LinkedIn for jobs in my area of specialty and passion – growth marketing. The first job I saw was highlighted as my profile was a perfect match, according to LI’s algorithms. Funnily enough, it would be the first job that I’d apply to, and the one that I’d eventually accept.

I read through the job description and found that everything checked my boxes; it was like a version of a dream job if I’d have written it up myself.

Asking the Universe for signs

I thought, no way could this be it! So I asked the Universe to give me a sign that would inspire me to apply. Previously, I was pretty unsure of myself and my skillset after having a 2-year break from the corporate world to pursue my entrepreneurial interests while living in Hawaii.

After reading the job description, I went on to the company’s LI page and the first post I saw had the recent clients or ‘alumni’ of theirs tagged along with a zoom photo. The first name and picture I saw was that of one of my good buddies and coworkers from Citi. Instantly I felt goosebumps all over my body and knew this was the sign I had asked for. What were the odds of that? And not just of any old coworker, but someone who I had always liked and had lots of laughs with.

This guy is a foot and a half taller than me and at one of the work Christmas parties I went to, I ended up getting a piggyback from him in the middle of the dancefloor, just moshing our drunk selves to the live band amongst our bosses and colleagues. That was a fun night.

So I thought, good things come in threes, and asked the Universe to send me a total of 3 signs.

The Universe led me here

The next page I went to was that of the CEO’s profile. Further down in an obscure place I found the sign. A paper she had written decades ago about women and ethnic workers in the construction industry. I thought that was hilarious because the Universe was literal with its 3 signs as I am 1. a woman 2. ethnic 3. in the construction industry. But I counted it as one sign.

I went to the co-founder’s profile and saw that his role prior to his company was at eBay. Of course, there had to be that link, since eBay was the reason why I got into eCommerce after I left Citi. It’s a huge part of my life and made me so much money, it’s also a positive alignment.

That’s 3 for 3.

Just for fun, and because it was 2 am on a Monday morning, I thought I’d ask the Universe for one more sign, just to really drive the point home.

So a quick Google search and a click on the first result brought me to a blog post where the CEO was interviewed. There were plenty of things she said that I could relate to. Then I saw it. Where she was asked, how did she get to the idea of starting this company – she said that the Universe led them to the business.

I thought that was hilarious and of course, the Universe has a great sense of humour. Its final sign for me was one that included it being called by name! Really obvious.

I could hardly sleep and it was almost 3 am by this point. In the morning I updated my CV and applied for the job. A few hours later I got a call which ended up being the phone interview and just over a week and three interview rounds later, I was offered the job.

How did I get here?

When I reflect on how this all manifested so quickly, I can boil it down to 2 things:

  1. Be in a positive place

    Feeling good and enjoying life even amongst all the craziness by showing lots of appreciation for it, is the best way to quickly manifest things. I had lots of stress and anxiety but was flipping those emotions around to ones of gratitude and appreciation and even joy.

  2. Know what you want (and what you don’t want)

    I took the things that were giving me anxiety and stressing me out and identified the opposite things which would tell me what I did want out of my work life. The usual things that no one likes but seem to experience a lot like micromanagement, uncertainty and lack of control were flipped round to focus on i.e. autonomy, certainty and more control.

This pattern is what led me to the love of my life and all the other great things that have happened to me. They also take a lot of inner work and healing to achieve on a consistent basis.

We have ups and downs.

The down times help us to refine what it is that we actually do want, and appreciate it when we get it. The down times are necessary for the ups to be ‘ups’. Otherwise, we’re just flatlining.

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