It all happened rather suddenly and when I look back on it, it hardly seems possible that it all came together so quickly.
One minute I was minding my own business having a coffee catch-up with a contact who had been one of my suppliers - she'd been our external tax supplier for work. She had moved to a new firm (an accounting firm based in the Hutt) in January, so on that particular day, we were just having a general chat and catch-up. She is a working mum like me, with a 7-year old and 5-year old twins(!). We'd always got along well when we were client/supplier and it was nice to think we could continue to keep in touch outside of work.
The same night as we'd had coffee I saw a role advertised for a Finance Operations Manager at her new firm. I emailed her the next day half in jest saying 'what are the chances of that happening the same day that we'd met up?' I initially wasn't sure whether I would even apply as the role was based out in Lower Hutt (which is a 25-odd minute drive from home, compared to my current 15 minutes of a 5 minute drive/10 minute walk). Besides, my CV wasn't even up to date so I knew I'd have to do that before I even contemplated applying.
But after putting my details forward, I got a call within a day of applications closing saying they'd like to interview me. I had to wait a week for the interview due to the busyness of both their schedules and mine, which actually worked out well as in the meantime I spent some time brushing up on my rusty interview techniques.
The first interview went well, and the same day they confirmed they wanted me to do an online psychometric test (which took 2-3 hours one night!) and come back in to meet a couple of the other managers a couple of days later (at that stage I was still up against another candidate). This also went well, and within a couple of hours of that 2nd interview I had a really good offer being put to me!
Crikey, talk about moving fast. Being a Friday, I decided it would be wise to take the weekend to think it over, talk about it with some of my nearest and dearest whose opinions mean the most to me, and also pray about it, all of which I did. But in all honesty, in the end it was a reasonably easy decision. For me the attraction was a new and exciting challenge in a progressive, successful firm - and the pay rise helped too of course!
In terms of our routines, things will have to change a little - in that I'll have to work 2 long days a week instead of just 1, but it does mean I'll get paid for a full week (they have a 37.5 hour week) instead of pro-rated like I am now, where I work 37 hours out of a normal 40 hour working week.
I've heard a lot of great things about the new company in terms of having a good culture and looking after its staff and I am really looking forward to the challenges the new role will bring (although I'm nervous at the same time - but who isn't starting a new job I guess!)
So that's me...and what's been going on behind the scenes over here the past few weeks!
Yeah, so the photos are complete random and unrelated but I find it nigh on impossible to hit publish without photos in a post!
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