Exactly a year ago last week, I decided to leave my job at Zumiez, to start from the bottom at a company I thought I could really benefit from. There was promise, but I wasn’t 100%. I didn’t want to leave working at the Mall, I loved it, loved my customers and was really good at selling. This job didn’t sound appealing whatsoever.
I got hired to start working in the warehouse at $10/hr, that was a huge decrease in my paycheck. I figured it was worth it. Paid vacation, insurance, 7:30-4 schedule, and weekends off. I don’t remember the last time I had weekends off.
So I started working in the warehouse, inputting information on pieces and parts that were used for specific fixtures and assemblies. It was boring, and time consuming. 4 months into working in the warehouse, I got an interview with the Customer Service Supervisor. She than got me an interview with the President of the company, who is also a salesman.
I got recruited to start doing take off’s for Rite Aid. (take off’s meaning, I would have to look at their store plan and figure out what fixtures they needed and how many, only 2 other people knew how to do this) For a whole month, I did take off’s and started doing some Customer Service for Rite Aid. After a 1 month trial, and 4 months working in the warehouse, I got promoted, and was on salary for the first time in my life.
Rite Aid was mine. I didn’t have a Project Manager, so I was Project Managing the account. It was hard, but I learned so much in the process. Finally, months after doing everything on my own, we finally got a PM for Rite Aid. I was still and still am, doing most of the work, but it was nice not having to worry about EVERY LITTLE THING. Before Christmas, I got one of the highest bonuses in Customer Service, and since I hadn’t even been there a year yet, it was a huge deal.
We went on Christmas break and when we returned, I had a meeting with my supervisor. Mind you, I had gotten in trouble a couple of times, for things that were ridiculous, so my automatic assumption was that I was getting in trouble for another thing. We went into the room, and had our meeting. During Christmas break, the CEO decided to give me a $5,000 raise. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH OF A BIG DEAL THAT IS? I don’t know anyone else that got a raise, because of how much money the company lost last year. So, not only did I get a promotion, and a bonus within a year, but a raise as well.
It gets better.
I started the year off with just Rite Aid. Rite Aid is a pain in the neck, and although I appreciate all I have learned from working with them, I grew bored and wanted something else. So slowly my supervisor started giving me more projects. I now do Customer Service for; Rite Aid, Hudson Bay, Nautica (International), Luxxotica, Fossil/Watch Station, BEALL’S, Mens Wearhouse, PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen), and newly just added yesterday, million dollar accounts for SAKS. HOLY SHIT.
Guys, I’m like a legit grown up now.
Best part is that I am doing BEALL’S with the CEO, who loves me, and 5 of those other projects, are with the CEO’s son, who is a salesman, and a great friend.
It’s weird because I really don’t like my job, and I know I can do something more with my life, but for right now, I’m OK with this. I’m hoping by kicking ass with these accounts and continuing to showcase my talents, I will be able to get another raise this year.
Slowly but surely, I am trying to get my life together, somehow, someway. Because of my mind set, my best friend and this job…I will be credit card debt free by the end of this year. (1 card will be paid off this month, the other in 3 months and the last one in 10 months)
Now, if only my Sallie Mae loans could just disappear.