Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My way back to corporate life while on Sabbatical! ✌

 Are my sabbatical and my SAHM days coming to an end?

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Hmmm...I need some serious thinking, reflecting, and soul searching. Don't get me wrong! I love being a SAHM. The rewards of becoming a stay at home mom are endless. But I had a great career opportunity just within the area where we are currently residing now. It's along the line of my previous career experience of sales and customer development. If ever, I got to be a part of setting up a principal and then be a part of the team which will determine the best go-to market strategy for this specialty consumer product.


Last Saturday, I was invited for a interview. Well, I was there 9am, and the thing ended at 1:30 pm. It consisted of series of Psychological and Personal Assessment Exams. And an essay exam, answer 8 out of the 12 questions! It's like answering the essay portion in your Jobstreet application, only more challenging since you have to answer 8 of them. Some heavy thinking involved eh! :-) It was really no joke! :-P  Just to share, I specifically find this unforgettable..."A Successful manager is....!" Complete the line. :-)

Prior to my interview I prepared the following:

  • My updated resume...I even included my blogging stints and my freelance work as a contributor for Smart Parenting...well, just to let them know, that I'm still in pursuit of intellectual and creative development! haha :-)
  • From my recent work with the head hunters, the 3rd part agency, a profile would be most useful. It's basically a summary of your previous career milestones, and key result areas. It would also include your most updated compensation and benefit package. 
  • Prepared and rehearsed my answer to the "Tell us about yourself..." famous interviewer first question (usually)! :-) I got it from my profile, which I kept separately for my use only. But if working with a head hunter, this will actually serve as one's cover letter. :-) 

It was for a good position for one of the most successful local company in my region, it might even be considered a promotion for me, if ever...but these things just keep on nagging me...

  • The interview was rescheduled for a Saturday ( I couldn't make it on the first schedule, with only a day's notice!) They do have Saturday work!
  • They didn't give us time to take our lunch! We just waited there over lunch! Only to be told came 130pm, that we will have to go back since the interviewer (the 2nd interview for that day) had an emergency meeting. 
  • Both notice came a day before, with the text message sent around 9pm-10pm. Oh well, it tells me that these guys work round the clock! 
I realized that...
  • They didn't really dwell on my sabbatical, which was actually extended since it's more than a year's break from work! :-)
  • I need to read through my resume prior to my coming interviews, because I need refresher on some of the things I did before for work! :-)
This is more of preemptive thinking! I haven't even seen the half of the interview/hiring process.I'm not even sure how I faired! But just in case, truth be told, I still want to spend some quality time with my family, that's why I need a company that offers work-life balance more than anything else! I'm praying truly to have the discernment on what to do about it! Any thoughts...would love to get all the pieces of advise that I can get! :-)

7 comments:

CarliAlice @ GG2Life said...

I'm in marketing and business development so yes, I spend a lot of time doing sales/customer service etc. To be honest I would never have shown up to that interview. A day prior notice tells me that they could care less about your family life and the fact that they had you go through lunch without offering you anything or giving a break to get some tells me they could care less about you. Just my two sense.

Thanks for coming by my blog. I'm following you back.

Carli
http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

Janet said...

Hi Des, thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice to meet you.

And I can't say anything about the job offer. I would have to choose staying at home... and making money from my blogs. :D But that's just me, of course.

All the best on your decision.

Josie said...

Hi Des thanks for visiting my travel site.
I'm a WAHM ever since got I married and don't know much about corporate life. It's still your decision, just weigh in, when you feel you're not happy with your new job and the compensation is not worth it compared to having more time w/ your family, then resign. BTW. followed you too. :D

Hi! I'm Jessica said...

Wow that sounds intense...don't think I'd want any part in that, but best of luck to you. I'm following you via the blog hop. Hope you'll stop by my blog when you have a chance! Feel free to enter my Organo Gold giveaway. It has low entries and ends tomorrow night!

http://wayneandjessi.blogspot.com

Self Sagacity said...

I had a different feeling reading your post. The first two paragraphs. I am looking to go back to work as well. Not sure how I will feel when I do get an offer, but I missed it.

Mommy Rubz said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Just like you, I am faced with the same situation. I am currently offered a managerial position and I am torn between being a SAHM or just go back working. But deep inside my heart, I want to be a SAHM. This was my dream for many years and I have been able to stay on it for 3 years and as of now, I am planning to have more years.

Hope to see you around again! God bless on your decisions too!

Des said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I actually took them by heart! They invited me for another interview, but I politely declined by saying that I'm not actively looking for employment at the moment! Thanks again! :-)

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