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Saturday, February 25, 2017

As many of you know, I was laid off from my job last year. However, I wasn't out of work for long. I had the good luck to pick up a three month contract position. It didn't seem like it would lead anywhere, but I took it to earn money and get off unemployment for at least three months. I did such a good job, they kept me on for other projects. This week, after many months of working hard and being patient, I was offered a full time position with the company.

I can not tell you what a relief it is to have a full time job with benefits again. Working contract is a good job opportunity. Many times, it can be well paying. but it's a drag not being paid for holidays, vacation or sick days.

When I was laid off from my last job, I wasn't surprized. In fact, I saw it coming because I knew there were going to be lay offs. Without going into detail about some nasty office politics (back stabbing at it's best), I knew I'd be one of the first out the door. So, I had started to look because the job was becoming toxic, very toxic. I was talking with a co worker (who was also looking) about jobs I was applying to. He told me something about myself that had a significant impact on me. He said that I didn't put enough value on myself as a worker.

And I thought about that for a very long time. He was right. I didn't put enough value on myself or my skills as a worker. I can tell you I was definitely underpaid for the work I did. I kept his comment in mind when I was sending out resumes and talking to recruiters. I put a higher value on myself and well, it's finally paid off. I wont tell you how much, but when I received the offer, I nearly fainted. it's a very significant pay increase. It's what my manager (the man who offered me the job) thinks my value is to him and the company.

I'm going to have to work my tail off for my paycheck, but it's nice to work for a company that values me as an employee. That was really nice to hear this past week. Now, I get to fill out reams of HR paperwork. LOL.

And my treat was a small rum raisin ice cream. I don't usually want an ice cream in February because it's usually 20 degrees. Yesterday it was over 70 degrees in Boston. Today it's in the 60s. Oh and I decided to have a small hot fudge sundae when I get my first paycheck.

So, to all my Spark Buddies who are looking for a better opportunity. Remember, put a higher value on your skills as a worker because you have value !

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    What fantastic insight!
    767 days ago
    Congratulations - that's awesome news!! You'll do great!!
    990 days ago
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    I so hoped this is what would happen when you first took this temp job...and then they kept giving you more...and they proved to be a good employer by truly rewarding all your hard work and perseverance!
    Sincere congratulations!
    992 days ago
    WOO HOO - That is FANTASTIC news. I am sure your bank account will thank you for it, too :-)

    Enjoy your ice-creams :-)
    993 days ago
    emoticon to the full time job,
    and to recognizing yourself as a highly valuable worker - I'm sure your employer is lucky to have you.
    994 days ago
    my story is similar. I was offered the 'job nobody wants or no job'. I took no job.

    Like you, I had seen the writing on the wall. I had started interviewing.

    Unlike you, I had to take a cut in pay...BUT my commute went from 90 minutes (or more) each way to 20-30 minutes each way. And I can ride my bike from the office over to the YMCA!
    15 years later, I'm way ahead of where I was. I don't think I've gone a single week in those 15 years without having my boss tell me how much he appreciates me.
    Oh, I've had the opportunity to buy into our limited partnership too!

    Wishing you great success emoticon

    994 days ago
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    994 days ago
    Wow congrats on the job! :) Good luck with it All
    994 days ago
    Good for you. Congrats on your new job.
    994 days ago
    Wow, you certainly have had a few ups and downs. You are so right, we all need to put a higher value on our skills and others will notice that too!

    We had temps in the low 70's as well yesterday here in NE PA but today the colder temps are starting to move in again. I just knew that warmer April weather wasn't going to last.
    994 days ago
    Fantastic, love hearing success stories
    994 days ago
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