If you aren’t on Twitter, perhaps you haven’t heard the big news.
On Monday I found out I was being let go from my job with a weeks notice.
I was completely blindsided by this news. I was the top performer with the highest productivity and numbers completed but it was just a general business decision. Myself and two others were notified and again, complete shock. They wouldn’t go into details of how they chose us which left me wondering if it was something about me or my personality or if they just chose our names out of a hat. This was by no means my dream job but I was counting on the income until the end of April so the assignment being cut short got my mind racing about finances, how I’m going to pay my bills, live, you know, trivial stuff.
The minute I walked out of the office, I called the staffing agency to see what’s up. Turns out they has no idea about that they were doing this and told me they would look for something for me right away. I wasn’t so much sad about the job ending but more pissed off than anything. I have seven years finance and banking experience but they can afford to keep the girl who sat next to me who didn’t know how to use the Paste feature on her computer? It just doesn’t make sense and left me completely baffled (especially since we were all being paid the same).
Am I bitter? Yes.
Am I happy I don’t have to sit around in front of a computer pretending to look busy for eight hours? Yes.
Will I miss a paycheck for the next week? Yes.
So what’s a newly unemployed girl to do? Rich girl stuff like get facials and lounge around drinking wine of course.
I had a Groupon for a facial at Salon Brio and have been trying to schedule an appointment for the past month but something ends up getting in the way whether it be snow, personal issues or whatever. I schedule it twice before and had to cancel and was happy that nothing was getting in my way this week that would make me cancel it again.
Salon Brio is located in Westminster, just NW of Denver but that wasn’t an issue for me since I will drive somewhere for a good deal. There were only a few reviews on Yelp so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the place but was quite surprised to see it located in a seedy strip mall next to a questionable looking bar. They didn’t have a real sign out in front so we would see if the don’t-just-a-book-by-it’s-cover idiom would hold true. And holy crap, it was pretty nice inside and packed for 5pm on a Wednesday evening.
I had a seat and grabbed a magazine (and some Hershey’s Nuggets) while I waited and soon was greeted my the girl doing my facial. I’ve never had a facial before so I didn’t even know what to expect. I started out with filling out paperwork about my skin regime, type and general health then we went back into the facial room. I guess that’s what it was called and started giggling to myself and promptly starting singing “No Sex in the Facial Room” to “ No Sex in the Champagne Room”)
Ok, so like I said before, I’ve never had a facial but from what I’ve seen on tv and in the movies, I was expecting the room to be a bit nicer and less cramped. There was barely any space in there and even though I’m not claustrophobic, it left me feeling a bit so.
I put on a strapless cover up and the facial began. I laid down and she began to wash my face with a cloth to get my makeup off and cleanse my pores. It was similar to the dentist in the way that she would ask me a question and be scrubbing around my mouth so I didn’t want to talk because I really don’t want someone’s fingers in my mouth unless they are filling a cavity. It was awkward…..like really awkward. I felt like I was an invalid just lying there while she washed my face and massaged my face and arms and I don’t really like that feeling. I wasn’t sure what the facial would entail or what they even do so when she was finished with one thing, I didn’t know what would come next. There was some kind of steam machine on my face then covering my eyes with a cooling pad then a pumpkin scrub that smelled so amazing I literally wanted to eat my face! Soon enough it was done and even though the Groupon said 60 minutes,it only lasted 35 which is fine by me because I was ready for it to be over (plus wtf happened to the wine or champagne I was supposed to get? No specific offer for it!) All in all, a facial is a glorified face washing and I can do that just fine at home for waaaaaaaay less than $65. Yes, my skin felt great but I’m not sure what the fuss is about and will be saving my money for something bigger like microdermabrasion (big pores be gone!)
But in regards to employment, everything ended up working out in the end and I was only unemployed for three days! The staffing agency held up their end and found me something right away and not just some fluff job but something that actually seemed interesting. The added bonus is that it’s a well known company and they do all of their permanent hiring from the pool of contract workers they employ! This is exactly what I’m looking for since I want to work for a company where there are opportunities to grow within it and not just stay stagnant in one position. The agency hooked me up with a phone interview right away and while it was only two minutes long with two quick questions, I think it went well. Soon after, the agency called me and told me they wanted to do an in-person interview as soon as possible. My current job has been pretty lenient with me leaving to go on interviews and look for jobs so I set up the interview for first thing Thursday morning. I got there early and turns out the two interviewers had a meeting that was going to be running late. Lucky for me they had a cafeteria on site and that morning there was a mild oatmeal explosion in the microwave so I could get a decent meal and relax before the interview,
The interview followed soon after and I rocked it. I had an interview with the two supervisors and I had an answer for every single situational question they asked me and felt confident the entire time. They took me on a tour of the office (which they have a good number of nice looking men without rings—holla!) and asked if I had time to speak with their manager which of course the answer was yes because I didn’t feel like going into work just yet. I sat down with their manager and went in thinking it would be a 20 minute conversation like it was with them. Wrong. We ended up chatting for an hour not only about the role, company and opportunities but random stuff, it was awesome and didn’t even feel like an interview! He said that if they decided to move forward with me, it would be quick with me starting next week. All I was thinking was “Pssssh, you’re totally going to go forward with me because I’m killing this interview!” And I should trust myself more because I did kill the interview and heard back from the staffing agency an hour later telling me they wanted me to start as soon as possible.
So obviously my employment plans didn’t work out as I originally planned. When I worked at the bank, I prayed that they would lay me off since I was with them for six years and would get a nice severance check plus an unemployment check. Every single time they did layoffs, I would scoff and ask why not me? Was I too good of an employee to lay off? But after quitting my job then traveling around and moving, that’s the last thing I need to happen to me. I have a safety net of a savings account then cd’s and a personal stock portfolio if the situation was ever to be that dire that I would need to delve into that but would like to keep that in tact and continue to work. I feel confident that everything is going to work it’s way out and think this new job will be an even better fit for me. Plus since it’s a bigger company there will be more opportunities to grow within it and eventually show people how awesome I am and how much I can shine. Now to work on this whole modesty thing…..