They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

I got the call! I have a second interview on Friday at 9am with the same group I interviewed with on Monday! They like me, they really like me!

Having lunch with Kymberlie yesterday and visiting with Naomi last night made me realize one thing – I was right in trusting my instincts all along. I don’t think I could handle the stress and potential instability that a web design firm job would present right now. I would always be worried that they were going to go under. There are many other issues too – not bad things, but things that always bothered me. The web design firm world is a young industry. It is full of young employees (I was old at 33!) and as they age there will always be fresh young new people. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – fresh perspectives and all that. However, it leads to a casual work atmosphere that is normally not too professional. Some people love this. It drives me batty. Co-workers listening to loud music, goofing off a lot of the time – nothing gets to me faster. Not that all my co-workers were this way, but there were enough of them that it was annoying to me.

Lots of people suggested I go in to web design at a corporate job. However, I don’t have a design certificate or solid design skills. I don’t have a 4 year degree which is critical to compete in the industry here in Houston (since it is a very saturated industry right now.) I wasn’t a designer at my last job – I was in sales and then a project manager or an account executive if you look at the descriptions on some design shop sites. In the corporate world there is just one client – not several to coordinate, no sales positions. Basically the job I need isn’t out there.

An Admin job will put me back in the corporate world. It will allow me the low-stress work that I crave. As others have pointed out, I could finally leave work at 5pm and leave it behind – not eat, breath & sleep my job like I have for the past 2+ years. I need this. I crave it so much I can almost taste it. Ironically, I met with this group last spring when they had a potential web design project. I remember thinking at the time that it would be a great place to work. Now, not quite a year later, that opportunity is close. I seriously think I have a great shot at this, I think I would be perfect for the job, and doggone it, people like me! (Sorry, had to slip in the Stuart Smalley to see if you were still reading!)

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

15 replies on “They Like Me! They Really Like Me!”

You know, that low-stress thing is exactly why my mom loves being a receptionist. She is older than most of the partners and consultants in her consulting firm (and probably smarter than some ;)), but she’s classy and extremely well-mannered and well-organized. They love her – she was named an exceptional employee last year, and she loves them because they treat her well and she can really leave work behind at the end of the day.

Congratulations and good luck! It does appear that the IT industry is on a slow up-turn at the moment (I can name around half-a-dozen people that I know personally that were unemployed around Christmas and now have jobs – myself included).

You know, you probably hit the nail on the head with why the web business is so unstable: people goofing off. Not to sound fuddy-duddy, but many younger people have not developed any work ethic and although they may have talent, without a stable work force, a company is toast. Anyway, I enjoy your work and good luck to you.

Low stress is *great* – that’s why I’ve stopped my search for the “perfect” web design job in Richmond for now. I’m enjoying just going to work and coming home to do whatever I want. I’m even looking forward to doing more with my freelance work once my hours go down at my job. 🙂 Congrats on the second interview and good luck!! People DO like you – and it’s not hard to see why. 😀

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