On My New Job: Change And Growth

I wanted to update you guys and gals on my new job to let you know how it’s going, and also share some things I’ve learned about change.

First, let me say that I am so glad I made this change and enjoying it because I’m being challenged to learn new things – like, how different companies run and learning a whole new system. And I must say that this company is extremely well-organized so that it runs smoothly. It runs 100% better than my previous company, and I could tell that on the very first week I started working there.

The type of retail industry I’m in can be very hectic and erratic because every day is completely different than the day before. Therefore, a company needs to have some sort of in-place system to accommodate the uncertainty of each day because you never know what’s going to happen.

The company I currently work for has a MUCH higher volume of customer traffic than my previous place of employment. There are some days when the traffic is constant so that we’re servicing customer’s one right after the other and sometimes two customers at the same time. This job has taught me the art of multitasking and how to do it so that each customer feels they’re getting the attention they deserve. And a lot of that has to do with this company having a well-oiled system for handling high volume traffic, by being prepared with a well-staffed store, extremely competent managers, and high stock levels of products so that customers are able to purchase WHAT they need, WHEN they need it. Thus, customers leave HAPPY.

One of the many things I’m enjoying about this new job is that time flies when I’m there. I work anywhere from 8-9 hours a day, and because of the busyness, I feel as though I’m only working 4-5 hours. I’m one of those people who when I work, likes to be VERY busy.

However, this job did not come without feeling a bit of fear and nervousness when I first started eight weeks ago. It can be challenging to enter into a new place of employment when it’s been in existence for so long because you never know how you’ll ‘fit in’ with the other employees and whether you’ll be embraced. But I must say, every one there has been extremely accepting and helpful; making this transition a smooth one. I already feel part of the ‘group’ as if I’ve been there forever.

Also, this company seriously believes in continuing education and offers training classes on a regular basis to keep us updated on the latest products and techniques. In fact, I just recently completed an intensive two-day certified training seminar on skincare, makeup and hair care. And it was FABULOUS!

When you’ve been in this industry as long as I have, you can sometimes get very complacent and comfortable in doing things the same way; thinking that you already know everything. Yet, this new job has reminded me to always keep an open my mind and stay receptive to learning different ways of doing things, so that I continue to grow and stay sharp.

I feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed this job. And I'm very proud to work for this company because their first and foremost priority is giving outstanding customer service and building a loyal following. And they also know how to treat their employees with respect.

Oh, and one more thing. I've never worked for a company in my life who when they achieve their monthly goals and receive a bonus, shares that bonus with each and every employee who works in the store. So that when they profit, everyone profits!

So yeah, I'm really enjoying this new job.

And looking forward to where it takes me!

Have a great week, y'all!

On Technology: Letter Writing, Sealing Wax, And Cards

When was the last time you actually took a pen to paper and wrote someone a letter?

For me, I would have to say it was probably as far back as 2001. Yes, FOURTEEN years ago! It was right around the time I got my first computer and began using a keyboard to type everything. And although my typing skill has excelled over the years, my handwriting skill has gone to shit. Ever since I got online, I began sending email letters and e-cards instead of mailing them by post.

Currently, the only person I send an actual birthday or Christmas card to is my brother Tom, and that's about it. In fact, if you all remember last Christmas, I sent many of you e-cards and think that was very lazy of me.

It's sad, because I used to love writing letters and sending cards. However with the Internet being so convenient, I send all my greetings via the Web, and really, it's just not the same as getting a hard copy of a letter or card because they're tangible.

Don't get me wrong, I admire how far technology has come; especially with the Internet because it's allowed people from all over the world to connect who wouldn't otherwise meet any other way. And I've taught myself a great deal through the Internet, things I didn't think I could ever do. Also, we can communicate and send information through the Internet so much faster than doing it by post.

And yes, I know we're saving lots of paper by using the Internet, but still, it's nice getting a real paper card or letter.

When I was a kid, I used to spend part of my allowance on buying stationary because I was an avid letter writer. I took such pride in my penmanship and owning nice paper with matching envelopes.

Kind of like these...

Oh, and I also used sealing wax because I thought it was so classy!

Do any of you remember these sealing wax kits?

I even had my own personal seal with the letter "R" on it

What surprises me though is how card and stationary companies are still in business. Because like with bookstores and music stores, the Internet has caused many companies to closed down with having the online convenience of purchasing books, eBooks, and music.

Oh well, there is definitely pros and cons about technology and the Internet. In many ways it's brought us closer together. But in other ways it's moved us further apart when it comes to having that "personal touch."

This is one of the reasons I'm glad I don't have a cell phone. Because if I did, I may be tempted to start sending birthday cards and gifts via TEXT...

Have a faaaaabulous weekend everyone!