Friday, November 01, 2013

So Long, Comfort Zone

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram already know this. On Wednesday, I landed my first "real" job (I mean real as in not managed and/or owned by my parents). I'll be working a seasonal position at Target. I know. Pretty sweet! But also a bit dangerous since I love pretty much want everything that's sold there.

The funny part? That was my first interview, ever. That's right. I'm 23 years old and I had never been interviewed. Talk about having a mini-heart attack! I nearly fainted after hanging up with the HR manager on Tuesday. I quickly sent text messages to all my friends for advice. What the heck do I wear? How do I act? What do I say? Yeah, you get the picture. Thank God for awesome friends! Each of them had great advice and really encouraged me.

Come Wednesday morning, I was a nervous wreck. I had been up all night, tossing and turning and over-thinking. I even contemplated not showing up at all (so lame). But after praying about it all and pulling myself together, I decided to just go for it. I mean, I'm twenty-freakin'-three years old. Gonna have to come out of my shell at some point, right?

I showed up 20 minutes early and filled out a questionnaire on one of the computers. I was then sent up to HR where I patiently awaited my interview in one of their conference rooms. After watching a short video and being asked a series of questions by a woman who worked there, I was escorted to the managers office. And that's where it all went downhill (or so I thought). I answered most of the questions to the best of my abilities, but was at a loss for words on some of them.

I'm pretty sure the manager could sense my nervousness, because it seemed like he was coaching me through the whole thing. When it came time for me to share my strengths and weaknesses, I simply told him the truth. I'm a hard worker and I'm extremely reliable, but I do have a hard time talking to people sometimes. I'll do it since I have to, but it still freaks me out. It's something that I'm working on and I actually think that this job will be very beneficial for me.

After the interview had finished, he asked me to take a seat in the employee break room. I really didn't know what to expect. I thought he would thank me, tell me he would be in touch and send me on my way. Well, I was wrong. I guess he liked my honesty and saw potential because he offered me a position on the spot. I was shocked (and very thankful).

I know, I know. Some of you are probably thinking "it's just a seasonal job", but to me it's really so much more than that. It's about taking a step giant leap out of my comfort zone and working on improving myself. I can honestly say that I'm proud of myself and I haven't felt this way in a long time.

I passed my drug test, purchased red tops + khaki pants and my orientation is on November 12th. I'm still a tad bit anxious about the whole thing, but that's normal since it's a new experience. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, learning the ropes and pushing myself to do things that I never thought I could do :)


  1. Retail is its own special beast... good luck! :)

  2. That's great! Congratulations! Keep us updated on how it goes.