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!
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46 comments

  1. Rob LenihanJune 29, 2015

    Hey, Ron, this is such great news! I'm so happy for you!


    So many people (myself included) drag themselves to work every morning just waiting for the day to end, so it's great to hear from someone who loves his job!


    This sounds like a really great company and I know you'll do well there. You made a change and now you're reaping the rewards!


    Keep up the great work, buddy, and have a fantastic week!

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  2. Ron, I'm so glad you posted about your new job because I had been wondering how it was going and if you liked it. And it sounds like it was just the change you needed. I'm sure they're very happy to have YOU with all your previous background too!


    How wonderful that when they bonus, everyone bonuses. And that's the way it should be in all businesses.


    Is there opportunity for you to grow in other areas if you decide to move around?


    The best to you, Ron!

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  3. Hey there Rob!

    Thank you :) And yes, I really love going into work each day instead of dreading it like my last job. There's a really good energy in this new place that I'm very grateful for. And the people I'm working with are very talented and take pride in what they do, so it makes me proud to work there.

    Glad I made this move.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week!

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  4. Hello there Elaine!

    Yes, I'm glad I decided to make this change because it seems like the right one. It's a completely different environment than my previous job. Not only is it a company I feel proud to work for, but the people I work with are extremely talented and very professional in what they do.

    "How wonderful that when they bonus, everyone bonuses."

    Isn't that awesome? As long as I've been in this business, I've never had a company do that for every single person who works in the store. Most of the time, it's only the managers who receive bonuses.

    "Is there opportunity for you to grow in other areas if you decide to move around?"



    Yes there is. In fact, I would like to move more into training and education with this company. And they are very good at promoting people within the company to other positions.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic week!

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  5. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comJune 29, 2015

    So glad to hear that you are loving your new job - and that it is helping you grow!

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  6. Great news, Ron! And I have a feeling this new job is going to take you into other avenues where you'll be able to use your talents in other ways.

    " 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!" Sweet! Sounds like a great company!



    I'm glad you took a chance and changed jobs because it paid off. You're an inspiration to us all, dude!


    Go, Ron!

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  7. Thank you, Fiona! This is just what I needed to help me stretch and grow!

    Have a super week, my friend. And thanks a bunch for stopping by!
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  8. Hiya Matt!

    "I have a feeling this new job is going to take you into other avenues where you'll be able to use your talents in other ways."



    Me too. I would like to move into training and education, and this company is very open to promoting from within. I made them aware of my desire to grow with the company and they seem very receptive.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words, buddy. Have a most excellent week!


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  9. Eight weeks already! How time flies.


    I was so pleased to read this and to know that things are GREAT with the job. I'm pleased to hear you were made so welcome. It's marvellous to 'belong' so quickly.


    Good news about company practices. How often have you heard me moan that our local stores force me to buy on the internet instead of stocking things I and others want?


    So it's good news all round. You're happy and they're happy. Wonderful!

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  10. Hey Ron! I am absolutely thrilled for you!! So, SO happy to hear that you are feeling fulfilled in your new position. That means a lot...especially when you are spending most of your waking hours at your job! I am very glad to hear that you feel welcomed and the company is to your liking!! I have not been feeling well, so I haven't been up to my usual pace of reading blogs every night. Please know that I am wishing you continued success and contentment in this new position! Onward and Upward...as they say! xo Jeanne and the girls

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  11. How fantastic! The best businesses are the ones who value their customers AND their employees. It's a hard combo to find, so I'm glad you did, Ronnie! Have a super holiday weekend!

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  12. Good morning Valerie!

    I know, can you believe how fast times flies? At the end of this week it'll be eight weeks!

    "How often have you heard me moan that our local stores force me to buy on the internet instead of stocking things I and others want?"

    I've worked for many stores over the years and none of them have been as well-stocked as this one. We receive stock shipment twice a week. And if we do run out of something, the company will ship (free of charge).

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a fabulous week!

    X to you and Joe

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  13. Hey there Jeanne!

    "That means a lot...especially when you are spending most of your waking hours at your job!"

    Yes, you're right, it certainly does. I actually love going into work and I haven't felt that way in a long time.

    " I have not been feeling well, so I haven't been up to my usual pace of reading blogs every night."



    No worries, my friend. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well though. You take care, okay?


    Much thanks for stopping by and have a great week! Can you believe it's almost JULY already? This summer is flying by so fast.


    X to you and the girlz

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  14. "The best businesses are the ones who value their customers AND their employees."


    Amen! And you're right, it is a hard combo to find.


    I had a feeling before I took this job that it was going to be a good match for me. I'm so glad things worked out the way they did.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a super holiday weekend too! Gosh, can you believe it's almost 4th of July? Where did June go?


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  15. Ron, I am so happy to hear that you're enjoying the new job! From what you've said, it sounds like a great place to work!

    One thing that is so frustrating to me as a customer is when certain stores are out of stock. I can understand it happening occasionally, but when it continually happens it makes me want to go elsewhere to shop. Or just shop online.

    "I’m one of those people who when I work, likes to be VERY busy." I'm the same way. I don't like looking at the clock.



    Have a wonderful week, Ron x

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  16. Hola Denise!

    Thank you :)

    "....when certain stores are out of stock. I can understand it happening occasionally, but when it continually happens it makes me want to go elsewhere to shop. Or just shop online."

    I know what you mean because in the last place I worked, they were constantly out of products, which made a lot of customers go elsewhere to shop. In fact, that's one of the things the customer's complained about the most.

    "I'm the same way. I don't like looking at the clock."

    Me neither. I don't like being aware of the time when I work.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super week and 4th of July!
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  17. Glad things are going well for you, Ron.

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  18. "I’m one of those people who when I work, likes to be VERY busy." Me, too, Ron! Nothing worse than having to look busy to justify to your bosses your very existence!

    I'm tickled that your new job is working out for you. Continuing education and sharing bonuses are GOOD things, things every company ought to provide for their valued employees. And we all know employees are probably the heart of most any company, right?!

    "I feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed this job." Absolutely! And you know, I'll bet they feel equally fortunate that they hired YOU!


    Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend!

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  19. Good luck in your new enterprise Ron, hope everything goes fabulouso for you.

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  20. That's really fantastic to read - I'm so, so happy for you! I prefer being busy and challenged, too, so I get that. I'm glad you feel valued and that the business is set up so that you are dealing with happy customers. Made my day to read this post!

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  21. nite byrdJune 30, 2015

    It's so nice to hear someone is happy with their job and that their employer appreciates good employees and wants them knowledgeable. Most retail outlets couldn't care less about their employees or customers.


    Also, being happy at work does make the day go by quickly. Looking forward to going to work is such a wonderful, rare thing.



    Congratulations, bro! I'm SO happy for you!

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  22. greetings, ron. reading this made me smile. i can feel how happy you are and that makes me happy you have a job you love and they actually appreciate you back.


    we will catch up soon, in person.

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  23. Ron I am so proud of you. Change is scary, exciting and SCARRRRRYYYYYYYY! And you rocked it by leaving where you had to and finding this great job. I am jealous of your training. You know what I need you for? I need you to draw my some eyebrows...!!!! HA HA HA! Mine are blonde... I was always told in school, "You have no eyebrows!"... and then when I drew some in I was laughed at. I neeeeeed youuuuuu!

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  24. Ron, like many others here have shared, this post made me smile because I can tell from your words how much happier you are in this new job. CONGRATS!

    " I’m one of those people who when I work, likes to be VERY busy."



    I'm the same way! I hate being bored with nothing to do at work and looking at the clock.


    And I think it's fabuloso that they share their bonuses with everyone who works in the store. Sounds like a very smart and appreciative company!


    I'm very happy for you, Ron!

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  25. Thank you, Suzi :)


    Have a great week and 4th of July, my friend!
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  26. Helloooo there Debbie!

    "Me, too, Ron! Nothing worse than having to look busy to justify to your bosses your very existence!"

    Yes, I TOTALLY agree with you! I don't like noticing time when I'm at work until it's time for me to go home - HA!

    "And we all know employees are probably the heart of most any company, right?!"



    Amen! And it's nice that they understand that and treat their employees with respect and share in the profits. In all the years I've been in retail, no other company has done that.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and for your sweet words, my friend!


    Enjoy the rest of your week and have a Happy 4th of July!


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  27. Thank you so much, Dale :)


    Have a super week, buddy. And thanks a bunch for stopping by!

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  28. Aw...thank you, my friend :)

    "I prefer being busy and challenged, too, so I get that."



    Yes, because it makes working not only fly by, but also interesting and stimulating.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super week and 4th of July!

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  29. "Most retail outlets couldn't care less about their employees or customers."

    You are soooooooo right about that! I can' tell you how many places I've worked where they talked about customer service and employee appreciation, but it really meant nothing.

    ", being happy at work does make the day go by quickly. Looking forward to going to work is such a wonderful, rare thing."



    Yes, and that's why I feel really fortunate to have gotten this job.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, sis! Have a great week and 4th of July!

    X ya!

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  30. Hey there Val!


    Thank you for your sweet words :)


    I feel really fortunate to have gotten this job. And I have a feeling that there will be room for me to grow within the company, and even perhaps put in a transfer to NYC!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a great week and Happy 4th of July!


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    P.S. Yes, lets try to get together sometime this summer before it's over. We can either meet up in Philly or NY.

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  31. Aw...thank you, Katherine :)

    " I need you to draw my some eyebrows...!!!! HA HA HA! Mine are blonde... I was always told in school, "You have no eyebrows!"... and then when I drew some in I was laughed at. I neeeeeed youuuuuu!'



    OMG, you are so funny!!!! If you go to the drugstore and purchase an eyebrow pencil in the color Blonde/Taupe and lightly fill in your brows, it will give your light eyebrows a boost of color and shape. You can also go to You Tube and search for eye brow tutorials. They have a lot of really great how-to videos there!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super week and 4th of July!

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  32. Hey ho Robert!

    Aw, thank you :)

    " I hate being bored with nothing to do at work and looking at the clock."

    OMG, me too! I don't like to notice the time until it's time for me to go home - HA!

    Plus, I just like feeling productive at work.

    "And I think it's fabuloso that they share their bonuses with everyone who works in the store. Sounds like a very smart and appreciative company!"



    Isn't that great? And I've never worked for a company who did that. It makes you feel very appreciated and respected.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week and 4th of July!


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  33. Am so happy to hear that your happy at your new place of employment, Ron. It's not easy to find a job where one can speak so highly and enthusiastically of everything about it. And to share its bonus with their employees...that's virtually nonexistent now! It's great to look forward to work rather than just dragging one's heels.
    Again, Ron, stay well and happy! :))
    p.s. Can you believe it's nearly the 4th of July! It seems like yesterday I was on the phone with my brother to share with him that Frank Valli was singing at the White House celebration. Adore Frank Valli & the Four Seasons! My name was Candy when I was ~13, and everyone would tease me and sing Candy Girl. Summer would not be summer without their music.

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  34. Hello there Petra!

    "And to share its bonus with their employees...that's virtually nonexistent now!"

    Isn't that GREAT? In all the years I've been in the retail industry, I've never had a company do that for EVERYONE in the store.

    And you're right, working for a company in which you feel pride and appreciation, makes you WANT to go to work.

    "Can you believe it's nearly the 4th of July!"

    I know, can you believe how fast this summer is going? I felt like it just started, but here it is already the 4th of July! Before we know it, FALL will be here!?

    "Adore Frank Valli & the Four Seasons! My name was Candy when I was ~13, and everyone would tease me and sing Candy Girl. Summer would not be summer without their music."

    OMG, what a faaabulous memory! And you are so right because summer would not be summer without their music. And it's funny you mentioned one of their songs with your name (Candy) because they also had one called, Ronnie!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a great rest of your week and Happy 4th of July!!!!

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  35. AkelamaluJuly 02, 2015

    Hello!! Sorry it's been so long but I've been sooooo busy. Anyway just been catching up with what's happening in your world. So please you are enjoying your new job Ron and the baby you made with Penelope Cruz is just adorable! ;)

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  36. yay! Sounds like you landed a gem of a job! Enjoying your job makes all the difference in attitude and how successful you'll be. I think you will thrive in this type of environment. :-)

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  37. Helloooooo there Pearl!

    No worries :) I totally understand that you've been very busy with the diabetes project and hope that all is going well!

    I also hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer because I know how much you love this time of the year.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, m'dear! Have a great weekend!

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  38. Hello there Lisa!

    I am so glad I decided to leave my previous job and feel very grateful that this new one has been such a positive change.

    " Enjoying your job makes all the difference in attitude and how successful you'll be."

    You are so right about that! And I have a feeling that I'll be able to grow in different areas with this job.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a great weekend and HAPPY 4th of July to you and your family!

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  39. Ron, I'm sorry I'm late commenting on this post, but I was so happy to read that you're enjoying your new job. It sounds GREAT!


    Doesn't it feel wonderful to work for a company that treats their employees with respect and you enjoy going to work everyday?


    The best to you, Ron!


    Have a Happy 4th of July!

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  40. Hey there Suzanne!

    No apologies needed, my friend. You're not late, you're right on time!

    "Doesn't it feel wonderful to work for a company that treats their employees with respect and you enjoy going to work everyday?"



    Yes, it SURE does! I very fortunate to have gotten this job and look forward to where it takes me.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!


    Happy 4th to you!

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  41. Change is good. All the best with the new job!

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  42. Hello and greetings! Thanks so much for stopping by, nice to meet you!


    I agree, change is always a good thing. And I feel really blessed to have gotten this job.


    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  43. Geraldine H.July 05, 2015

    It all sounds great Ron and that you definitely made the right decision changing jobs. I'm so glad it all worked out, I was wondering.

    It can be VERY scary starting a new job and for a number of reasons. It took guts to do what you did, well done!😁😁

    Happy week to you. How is your weather? B.C. is very, very hot I'm wilting but what can ya do but wait it out and take 10 showers a day 😉

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  44. Hello there Geraldine!


    Thank you, my friend. I'm glad it all worked out as well. I feel very blessed to have gotten this job because I have a feeling it will take me in new directions with my career, such as, education and training.


    Our weather has been very strange. Some weeks it's been extremely hot and humid, but then it rains and cools things off. Yesterday, the 4th of July, it rained most of the day, so by nightfall it was very cool.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're enjoying your blog break and accomplishing what you planned. Have a GREAT week!

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  45. Mark PetruskaJuly 06, 2015

    "I’m one of those people who when I work, likes to be VERY busy."


    I'm the same way, Ron. I worked for a company where I had nothing to do most days. The position had evolved over time, and eventually was eliminated, putting me out of work. I hated being bored and trying to find busywork - I'd much rather have too much to do than too little. Sounds like you're fitting in nicely - congrats!

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  46. " I hated being bored and trying to find busywork - I'd much rather have too much to do than too little."

    A-men, Mark! And I had a feeling you felt the same way about being busy at work.

    " Sounds like you're fitting in nicely - congrats!"



    Thanks, buddy. I'm really glad I decided to make a change. I'm loving this new company.


    Have a super week!


    X to you and Tara

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