That Nesting Though…

Hey everyone!

There hasn’t been a whole lot of movement yet in the job search. I did get my resume critique back, and I did find a lot of the suggestions useful. I’ve also talked to my Transition Coach twice, and both times she provided great advice. She suggested reaching out to “target companies” directly, and really taking charge and ownership of my job search. This, along with networking, will definitely be a challenge as it is pretty out of my comfort zone. So far though, the resources and assistance that’s been provided has helped me focus a bit more on what I need to do to succeed and land a new job. I’m just hopeful that something great is on the horizon and all of this will have worked out for the best!

I have spent a good amount of time this week getting things organized around my apartment, which has been long neglected. I think it’s helping me stay positive, which is nice. I always find that cleaning things up and refreshing my surroundings also refreshes my mind, in a way. Maybe it’s just me trying to gain control over things I really have control of, which helps distract from the things outside of my control at the moment. (Side note: I’m pretty sure this is nesting? Am I nesting?!) Either way, it works for me, and my apartment is definitely looking a lot more tidy!

I’ve also been keeping up with my weekly Instagram posts, and recently went on the hunt for things to use in my mini photo shoots. I’m pretty excited for a few posts that will be released within the next month or so. These are the three I’ve posted so far!

Illustration  Engagement Party Invitation  Anniversary Party Invitation

As I mentioned last time, these will all be available for personalization in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for that. 🙂

Otherwise, things have been pretty much the same, but my outlook is definitely improving. Last week I was teetering on the edge of an existential crisis and I think that has been averted, so whew! I’m beginning to enjoy the time I have off of work now, and am definitely trying to make the most of it. I signed up for Skillshare yesterday, and I’m excited to watch some videos and learn some new stuff. If I find anything cool, I’ll be sure to let you all know so you can check it out too.

I’ll check back in soon! Hope you’re all doing great!

Funemployment

I’m currently at the beginning of Week Two of my unemployment. So far it hasn’t been too bad, and I spent a lot of that time at home in Wisconsin with my mom and family pets. It was nice to keep my mind occupied and busy with things there, instead of mentally derailing myself and getting bogged down in the stress of not knowing what’s next in store. I got to eat lots of yummy foods, and get lots of wonderful puppy kisses, and that’s all we really need in life, right? 😉

Last week, I also spoke to my Transition Coach, which is part of a service provided by my employer to assist in setting up those affected by the layoffs for success. My Coach was very helpful and easy to talk to, and I’m excited to take in the advice and guidance she will be providing in the next few weeks. It’s definitely good to know that there is someone in my corner who is here to help me take my best step forward. They’re currently going over my resume, and I’m anxious to see what changes are recommended. I don’t feel like I was entirely prepared for the workforce after graduating college, so I’m really looking forward to finding out what the best tried-and-true methods are when searching for your next employer.

My Coach also suggested that I set up a Behance account, which is something I will be working on over the next few days. It’s nice to have a few mini-projects to keep busy with in the meantime, as well. I have a whole list of other things that I would like to accomplish during my unemployment period, so I’m making the most out of the downtime that I have. Hopefully it will all help me with whatever my next journey is! 🙂

I have also finally set up a Ruby July Instagram account, and will be adding photos of some of the designs I’ve made over the past few years. I was able to get a bunch of stationery designs physically printed, so I’ll be using those for the majority of the posts. I think it will be a good way to see what I’ve been up to, and if there’s anything you like, please let me know! I’m always grateful for any feedback received! My hope is that eventually I will be able to post all of these designs and make them available for sale. Still working out the details on all of that, but if you’re ever interested in having anything customized for your own needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

I’ll check in again within the next few days, and if anything new or exciting comes up! Until next time! 😀

The Second Week

Week two at the new job has almost officially come to an end, and it was surprisingly good.

They threw us in on actual orders right away, beginning Monday morning. I think most of us are processing pretty slowly, but it’s expected and is actually preferred that way. We aren’t messing anything up, and we’re able to learn through our own mistakes as they come. The week started off a little rough, and there was definitely a point Monday afternoon, where I was just thinking, “I want to go home”, but the rest of the day evened out, and I settled in.

Since we’ve been processing actual orders, our job is to look through them and catch things that customers had either missed, or not taken the time/care to fix themselves. It’s amazingly horrifying what some people send in, and the customers even get to see previews of their orders when they submit. They don’t magically go from shit to glory. It’s our team that makes it go from shit to glory, with a lot of strained eyes and carpal tunnel.

It does seem like a lot of the processing is the same, and I can definitely see how it could get repetitive. I haven’t minded that at all, so far, but I am also taking way more care than I probably will come December. Right now, it’s more about testing the boundaries and getting our skill set up to speed with the demands of regular, full volume processing. Our assigned evaluators go through our completed orders and then send them off to print or back to us if changes are needed. So far I haven’t had any awful mistakes that would likely have come back as reprints, so that’s a relief. Although, my orders for today haven’t been checked over yet, so that could change. Hopefully not!

It’s definitely a different kind of atmosphere here, too. I think that’s the most amazing thing about it so far. My last job seemed to stifle fun and creativity, and here it’s completely welcomed. The ten of us, plus our evaluators, all get along wonderfully so far. Both of our on-site evaluators have moved here from another location, so in a way, we’re all new here. We’re all in the same boat, and we all are essentially strangers. It’s an even playing field, which is quite nice. At my last job, it was really tough at first, because I was going into a tight-knit group of close friends so it was difficult to break in and feel like I belonged. Here, it’s different. Our entire team gets along great. I’ve had lunch with a few of them already, and it’s definitely starting to feel more natural. Some people are already making vague future plans for things to do as group PDT Outings. Tonight, we’re meeting up for our “First Official PDT Happy Hour”. Yup. Right?! My old job didn’t do anything even similar to that, so it really is refreshing to be in this new, fun environment.

All in all, things are going pretty well. I have my own desk area, a private little lock box on wheels, two (!) computer screens, and my own phone number. Wowsers. I imagine it will be a lot more hectic when the orders ramp up, but I think we’re going to be given plenty of time to really learn the process and therefore, plenty of opportunity to succeed. I’m definitely happy so far, and hopeful that things will continue to improve as we get to know the job and each other a little better.

This weekend should be a nice relief from the past few stressful weeks, even though it will involve a ton of driving. But I’ll get to see my puppies, my preggo friend, and my birthday cake. Yum and yay!