Do you believe in signs?

When it comes to job hunting, I always tell people there’s no harm in trying. What’s the worst that could happen? You get ignored, like you almost always do anyway? You’ve got to be in to win, and there’s absolutely nothing to lose by sending your application out to a faceless (and often nameless) person.

Yet I almost didn’t take my own advice. When I first came across the listing for my new job, I shook my head and sighed. It sounded like the perfect role in every way … but the timing wasn’t right. I wasn’t planning on leaving until later in the year! I know positions like this don’t come along everyday, but I decided to shelve it anyway and put it out of my mind.

And then …

Without going into any detail, let’s just say something happened to remind me that business is business. Your only loyalty should be to yourself, first and foremost. Never forget that. —-> SIGN 1

I decided to do a little more research and put in an application. And what do you know: a Google search revealed that the position would be reporting to someone who worked at my previous employer, who I had actually had a couple of dealings with. —-> SIGN 2

They called me right away, and although I’d just had my wisdom teeth out and was a bit sore, I wasn’t in too much pain and didn’t want to put off the interview. It went well, and I had a second interview a week later.

A few days after that, my (super awesome) boss announced her resignation. —-> SIGN 3

Handily, this also freed me up to ask her for a reference, and in keeping with the theme so far, that very same day I was asked for reference contacts by the HR consultant.

In a strange twist, as it turns out, we both ended up joining and leaving the company at almost exactly the same time.

I am a bit bummed to bail out before winning an industry award. But then again, I was sad to leave my last job before getting assigned a travel feature – and then I got to do a couple of sweet trips at this one.

Because of the way Easter and Anzac holidays shook down this year, I wound up with 10 days off in between. Add in the fact T didn’t have work to go to either, after getting very close to a very cool sounding job (final 2 candidates) and I took this as a sign that we should make the most of this time and take a trip somewhere. Call it an early anniversary celebration.

So we took off to the Great Barrier Reef for a few days of relaxation. (Recaps to come.)

And funnily enough, on our last night over there I learned through Twitter that my bank’s social media team will soon be hiring – another ideal opportunity that I had been hoping might manifest. It’s still on my career bucket list.

19 thoughts on “Do you believe in signs?

  • Reply Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way April 25, 2014 at 10:06

    Yes, I do believe in signs, during my college days supposedly I was going to shift a course but I asked for a sign for my decision. Good luck to your new adventure of your career!

  • Reply Sally April 25, 2014 at 11:04

    I absolutely cannot wait to hear about the new gig! Maybe a Skype session? I love the signs and I loved that you kept it all business. Great Barrier Reef sounds awesome. Good for you both!

  • Reply Sense April 25, 2014 at 14:04

    I totally believe in signs. And your gut. ALWAYS follow the gut. Congrats on it all!!! Sounds amazing! I hope you had a better/fishier views on the GBR than I have. 🙂

  • Reply Daisy April 25, 2014 at 16:04

    I definitely believe in signs. Congrats on your new job opportunity and I doubt you’ll regret making the leap and switching jobs. Signs are there for a reason!

  • Reply Melanie@Dear Debt April 25, 2014 at 17:11

    Yes, I do! I think there are eerie coincidences that point us in a certain direction.

  • Reply cantaloupe April 25, 2014 at 18:42

    Congratulations on all the wonderfulness!!!

    I don’t actually believe in signs. I believe in total chaos. But sometimes I read old journal entries and the ones leading up to big events always somehow foreshadow the coming event and I scratch my head and wonder if perhaps there are signs and I’m just a totally oblivious person, haha. Maybe I just need to learn to read them!

  • Reply E.M. April 26, 2014 at 06:20

    I believe in signs; things usually happen for a reason. It’s incredible that everything lined up the way it did for you! Even better that you got to enjoy 10 days with T. I hope your new job is great!

  • Reply Kassandra April 26, 2014 at 11:46

    I definitely do believe in signs or “the universe aligning” as my husband likes to call it but one needs to actually pay attention and act on them in order to see how well it plays out.

  • Reply The Asian Pear April 26, 2014 at 15:30

    Congrats on the new job!
    As for signs? Not really. I don’t really think that the universe is really tipping anyone off. I do believe that you deserve this new job and it’s great opportunity though. And that it sounds like you left at a good time!

  • Reply debt debs April 26, 2014 at 17:39

    Congrats on your new job. I do believe in fate and signs.

    But we have a former great hockey player here, Wayne Gretzky, who said
    “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

    It was your turn to take a shot.

  • Reply Alicia April 27, 2014 at 00:16

    Congrats! That is so awesome to hear.

    I do believe in signs and my gut. I’ve had uncomfortable feelings time and time again about my work, and every time it always foreshadows a big change. I’m hopeful I end up with a sweet situation like yours where everything lines up.

  • Reply Jessica Moorhouse April 27, 2014 at 03:18

    It’s so important to always take chances and send your application to awesome sounding jobs even if you think nothing will ever come of it. Good luck!!!

  • Reply Jessica Lawlor April 27, 2014 at 03:35

    I absolutely believe in signs…and trusting your gut 🙂 I love when the universe sends messages. Good luck!

  • Reply Tahnya Kristina April 27, 2014 at 05:07

    I absolutely believe in signs. Sometimes I just wait for a sign before making a decision and sometimes I see a sign as a reason to take action – it gives me that extra little push when I’m making a decision. As far the loyalty to yourself goes…I couldn’t agree more. We spend so much time with our co-workers that we think they are our friends, but they aren’t.

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