When I lost my job in June I was blindsided. The one good thing was it was the beginning of summer. I had enough of a cushion that I did not need to immediately go out and find a new job. So I had decided I would take the summer to regroup, work on my blog, and figure out what my next step should be.
Let’s just say June was a fog. After seeing my only daughter graduate High School, unexpectedly losing my job, and hosting a graduation party in one week, I was left feeling numb. I casually trolled the job websites seeing if anything caught my eye and what options I had. I worked on my resume, registered with Job Service, and took active steps towards a new job.
Next thing I knew June turned into July. I kept busy that first month and the days seemed to blend together. The beginning of July I noticed a job posting on Indeed.com for a part time rural mail carrier in my town. I could not pass this one up. I went online and started the hiring process. A couple days later I found myself driving 2 1/2 hours to Madison to take the dreaded postal exam (really not so bad).
Immediately after taking the test, I could check my score and I passed! A couple of weeks later I was contacted from the Postmaster in my town to come in for an interview. After a 45 minute interview, I must have impressed her because she was going to recommend me for the job. I had almost given up after taking the test. If you are unfamiliar with the USPS hiring system, it is a long process. A week later I was going for my drug test and an online series of questions. After another week I received an email saying I had been offered the job and had 7 days to accept!! Of course I accepted and late last week went in to fill out paperwork and get fingerprinted! The next step is to get the email as to when I will begin my training.
So I should begin my training within the next couple of weeks! Right before I go on my Paris trip! Looks like September will be a month of more changes! Starting a new job, moving my daughter into her first college dorm, and spending 7 days in my favorite city!
I am excited and scared at the same time. Scared because it’s been a long time since I’ve started a new job and wonder if I can do it. Excited cause it’s a new beginning and something unlike I have ever done before. Being a Rural Carrier sub, I will be working part time filling in for the main carrier. If I do well I will get more routes added on.
When I lost my job in June friends reassured me that when one door closes another opens. For the first time in 2 months I feel optimistic for the future. No matter what happens in life, we can overcome the hurdles with a little bit of prayer and the right attitude!