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Timing is everything #adayinthelife


Hope your week went well! I know mine began to look up a few days ago when I accepted a job offer for a position I really wanted. Yay! Kind of a weird story.

When my current employer (actually, the company that acquired us) told me my position would no longer exist after July 30, I did all the things: updated my resume, signed up on job sites, kept an eye on available positions listed on places like LinkedIn and Glassdoor. I started actively searching sometime in May.

I’ve been doing a couple interviews a week for the past month or two, my preference for a new job being remote (tech writing lends itself well to working from anywhere with an internet connection). I interviewed with a company for a tech writer position in June, did three interviews with them, and hadn’t heard much since. After talking with them, I really wanted that job. After a month, they hadn’t told me they’d picked someone else, so I figured I was still in the running (things slow down over the summer because people take vacation for some reason ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Another company that I interviewed multiple times with picked someone else. I kept going, and eventually got an offer from a local company with an office a half-mile away from my current job. They have a hybrid plan: 3 days in office, 2 WFH. I’d be back to my commute, which wasn’t a bad thing; there is something to be said about a change of scenery (especially when your college-age daughter moves back home with more stuff than she had when she left ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ).

Once they gave me an offer, I asked for a few days to think about and tell the other companies I had interviewed with that I had an offer on the table, including the company I really wanted to work for who still hadn’t told me if they’d filled the position. And, of course, I tried to do some negotiation.

It’s like getting an offer from an agent or a publisher, then letting all the other places that have your manuscript know you have an offer.

Now, I had just gotten off the phone with the recruiter from the local company. I mean, literally just off the phone (I’d had some questions and attempted to negotiate a few things). I had a day left to accept their offer; the recruiter was going to see if he could get a salary adjustment I requested approved. No one else had offered me a position yet; I was ready to accept because the 30th is coming up fast (think health insurance lapse), and I had no other solid prospects. Lots of possibles, but no other “hey, we want to hire you” prospects.

My preferred company left an email, voice mail message, another call I couldn’t answer cuz I was talking to the local company. Spoiler alert: they have better benefits than the local company. Once I got off the call with the local company I called my preferred company back, and they gave me an offer. The kicker: I had to give them a verbal acceptance right then.

Hmm. Better benefits, the salary I requested from the local company (which the recruiter was going to try to get approved), and fully remote vs a 50-minute commute three times a week. Not that I minded the idea of seeing other people in the office, but I’ve gotten used to the 5-second commute at home: down the stairs to my desk.

Needless to say, I didn’t take much time deciding. The worst part was contacting the local company after we had literally just been talking about the offer they gave me, and telling them I accepted an offer from another company.

Had my preferred company not called with their offer when they did, I would have accepted the offer from the local company. Which I used to smooth things over with the local company (the person who would have been my supervisor had been really excited to get me on his team). Timing is everything.

Which relates well to writing when you think about it. Timing, and ability. Talent can be a big part of it, but I’d rather consider practice and experience making up a bigger part of ability, because that’s what hones any talent.

Another part of it, though, is a gut-check. I know, sounds weird, but I’ve had enough instances when I didn’t listen to my gut, and things didn’t turn out as well as they could have if I had. When I interviewed with my preferred company, and even when I thought about them after all the interviews, I felt excited about the prospect of working for them. With the local company, my brain knew it was a great opportunity, but my gut felt like “there have got to be other options out there. How long can I wait?”.

Reminds me of when I got my current job. Same sort of thing. Sure, I interviewed in person because no pandemic eight years ago, so you get a different experience, but when I walked into the building, I “felt” comfortable. At ease. Excited, even.

Is it instinct? Is it the Universe? Is it our brain taking in all the variables, crunching the “numbers”, and spitting out an answer as a sensation? I don’t know, but the older I get, the more I take that “gut check” into consideration. It’s taken me years to acknowledge it, but I figure at this point, it can’t hurt to listen.

Hope you all have a great writing weekend! Two more weeks until my Writing Sisters reunion–can’t wait!

Stay cool! Stay safe!

A special appearance by Nyx

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, four chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

13 thoughts on “Timing is everything #adayinthelife

  1. Congratulations on getting the job you really wanted, Julie! That is wonderful! I hope it’ll be a great experience for you. And, yes, there is something about all the pieces falling neatly together like that, isn’t there? Funny how that sometimes happens…

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  2. Congratulations on landing the job you wanted, Julie! What a great feeling, and when things fall into place like that (even after a bit of a delay), it always feels to me like they were meant to be. Wishing you the very best with your new job! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    • Thanks, Marcia! Yes, it feels good not only to know I’ll have a job after my current one is terminated, but the one I wanted. And I so agree, when things fall into place, it seems as though it was meant to be. It was like that when I got my current job. Weird, and a little spooky, but still feels good.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Congrats on the new job, Julie! I’m so glad it worked out for you. I do believe timing is everything and I absolutely believe in trusting those gut feelings.

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  4. Whew! What a ride! So close! I hope the local company wasn’t too upset when you turned them down. But, way to go! Sounds wonderful.
    And hello, darling Nyx!

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    • Thanks, Betsy! I’m really looking forward to this job. And I felt bad about turning down the local company, especially since I had just been talking to them, but I’m glad the company I wanted made me an offer when they did!

      I haven’t seen my son’s cats for a while; we told him he needed to bring them around to visit ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      • That was certainly a close call with the job situation.

        Who cares about not having seen your son for quite a while, potentially, but not seeing his cats?? Yeah, that’s a problem. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. For multiple reasons, your talents being the main ones, your job hunt worked out pretty ideally. Congrats. Neil S.

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  6. Well, I had commented on this last Saturday but looks like I neglected to hit send or something. I am beyond elated and happy for you to have found another job and one you wanted. You are so incredibly talented and I really enjoyed working with you. The new place won BIG! CONGRATULATIONS Julie!!!

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