I've been offered a job. As the right hand woman to the VP of Marketing at a major food company based here in Dallas. If you knew me and you knew about my career, you'd know why this is worthy news. My friend works at this company and he knew I was looking for work (a long story that isn't even worth going into here) but he didn't tell me about this position because he never dreamed I'd be the slightest bit interested. When I saw it on Monster I asked him about it and he passed on my resume. So I go in to interview last week and basically baffled everyone I talked to. They just couldn't believe that someone with my experience and at my career level would want to be an ADMIN.
Did you know that bewilderment breeds complete and total honesty? Well, it does.
In the past, I've had to play the "game." That is to say that I've had to downplay the fact that I'm a mother with a LIFE and have had up-play what an aggressive, team player I am. Work late? Sure, I'll work late anytime! (read: every day) Well, this was the ANTI-go getter interview. I was so damned honest that I felt like a Catholic at confession. To ease their confusion, I was made to explain why I would want this position. That my family is my priority, that my writing is my passion and that's where my "career" aspirations lie and basically I just need a job where I can come in, do what needs to be done and leave. Period. I told them I was sick of pretending to be someone I'm not and that I didn't want anyone to look at me sideways if I wanted to leave at 5P.
Doesn't sound like the interview of someone who really wants a job, now does it? I didn't care.
To my surprise, they found my confidence and candor incredibly refreshing. One guy even told me he wished he could be as gutsy as I was (but he's got a family to support). Frankly, if I were the breadwinner, then I would totally play the game. I mean, I'd have to. But I'm not and so I don't. Well, it was so well received and these people were all GREAT. They kept sort of apologizing for certain aspects of the job. They literally cringed as they told me it was an hourly position. An HOURLY position? I haven't punched a clock in ages. It's so campy, I love it! PLUS on the rare occasion that I do have to stay late, I will be compensated for it. What a novel idea! The VP told me that if I ever wanted to continue on the "career path," that I could certainly do that there. She also said she will leverage my experience and give me my own projects to basically take and run with. So as it stands, it looks like the perfect position. Oh and the pay is very decent. And all I need. The fact that I don't have to explain why I'm leaving "early" (at 5P) is worth its weight in gold.
So I've been told that I will have a formal offer this week. Should I choose to accept it, I would probably start on the 16th.
But the reason I'm sharing this is so not about the inconsequentials. I mean, everyone has to work, yes, even SAHM's -- the pay is sh*t too, let me tell you. No, my point in sharing this is that it was such a positive experience for me to be completely honest about my (lacking) career aspirations and for once have it be well received. That, to me, is the most exciting part.
Punch a clock? Bring your coffee? Answer your phone? Lend my marketing genius when needed? Done and done. Because at this point in my life (and career), I'm just not capable of bullshit.