“We need your energy here.”

As soon as I got to Cronulla, I knew it wasn’t going to work out. There was no particular reason, though one could easily cite the distance:

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I just knew.

So, when after being there for a couple days, the job and sublet that I thought I’d sorted seemed to unsort themselves, I knew my best bet was to get to the city–and fast.

Only, with 2 suitcases and a carry on, plus another bag of food, no car and no friends to call, how exactly was I going to do that? I’d thought while I was here that I would join a carshare, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Since I was doing things in a bit of a rush, I needed to go to the company’s headquarters in order to sort my membership. As soon, as I walked in, I noticed the casual vibe and said to the guy helping me, “You’re in jeans? I wear jeans. I could totally work here!”

He said that I should drop my résumé off when I brought the car back later, which I did, and thought to myself, “What if it were that easy and I got a job the day I moved to Sydney?”

Days went by and I didn’t hear anything. I called to check in and was told that I would be contacted in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I scoured the sites here : Seek, Gumtree, The Loop, Portfolio & Reel and, my personal favourite, Pedestrian. I walked around, popping into places with signs on their windows. I did not commit what should be justifiable arson when I was told, “Oh, we actually JUST hired someone, but we haven’t taken the sign down yet,” or, “You came at the wrong time! There’s heaps of stuff in summer.”
I called in favours.
I read What Color is Your Parachute?
I hoped.
I wished.
I even went into the CBD (what they call downtown here) and signed up with 3 different recruitment agencies which do temp staffing for corporate offices–when I’m about as corporate as a henna tattoo and pair of Old Navy flip flops.

I was nervous. And confused and frustrated. And sick with the very real worry that I was going to run out of money and have to go home.

(Side note: in the meantime, I had been picking up shifts at a restaurant, which was great, but very casual and not exactly a sustainable amount of money in the third most expensive city in the world, after Tokyo and Osaka.)

I thought back to the carshare.

Their website still said that they were hiring, so I decided to try again and send another, updated, résumé.

I was called in for an interview on Wednesday. It seemed to go well, and I had a good feeling, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much. They said that they still had a few more interviews to conduct and that they would let me know by Tuesday.

As I was walking into work tonight, I got a call.

“We are offering you the job. We need your energy here.”

Funny how the wrong things turn into the right ones. 🙂

I start on the 30th. I am so damn excited!!

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
-Steve Jobs


About J.

A former twentysomething with a head full of curls and heart full of questions wondering: when we get to nirvana, will there be food?
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10 Responses to “We need your energy here.”

  1. Renee Evans says:

    Congrats on your job!!! YAYY!!!!!!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Janae, I am sitting here smiling with tears in my eyes because I swear I totally get you! We must be sisters in another life and I can’t wait to meet you when we move back. You will always be welcome in our home. Looks like we will meet for that drink and laugh after all…. I say we go to The Opera bar …sure it is expensive but what the hell…it has the best view and well, we will look great sitting there : )

  3. Samantha says:

    Hi Janae – Just found your blog today through the YDU fb page. Love your writing style & all your well placed GIFs. Very entertaining. 🙂

    • J. says:

      Thank you! Sometimes I wish I could use gifs in everyday life. I’m waiting for technology to catch up with me on that. 🙂

  4. Bernard Williams says:

    WoW you look great my heart is happy for YOU DAD.

  5. refluks says:

    You can certainly see your skills within the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
    All the time follow your heart.

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