Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Lucky Number Thirteen!

Thirteen years ago today, I nervously walked into a new building, a new company, a new job.

It was January 27th, 1997. Boy Oneder was one day from being 7 months old and I was starting a whole new career. Up until two weeks before Boy Oneder was born, I was a legal secretary. I worked for some of the meanest, most horrible lawyers that Ontario has to offer and I was sick of the stress. One month before I was due to go back to work after maternity leave, my boss transferred me to the downtown Toronto office, knowing full well that I would not go. So, I had a new baby and a mortgage and Hubster and I decided that I would quit my job and find something else.

A dear friend of my Mom's who is like an Aunt to me worked for a payroll services company and said that they had openings in their entry level department. I would work 4 days a week for half the pay I made as a legal secretary, but the company had real career-advancing opportunity, so I applied. Although I had no payroll experience, the manager of the department took a leap of faith and hired me.

I loved that job. I spoke with so many people every day and created really good relationships with my clients. I stayed in that department for about 18 months and then applied for a promotion. The job I applied for was a customer service role, working with bigger and more complex clients. These clients entered their own payroll and my job was to troubleshoot and assist them as they needed me. Again, I loved that job and the people I worked with.

I got pregnant with Middleman and took nine months for maternity leave and was thrilled when I came back to a room that they had created just for me so that I could pump my breastmilk several times a day. Because of this, I was able to keep Middleman on breastmilk until he was 18 months old!!

I applied for another promotion in 2001 and became a trainer. Again, I LOVED my job...training clients on our payroll/HR products. I loved the freedom of doing my own thing in the classroom and loved joking and chatting with the clients.

In 2003, our company created a new department...the inside sales department. I took a cut in pay to take this position because I thought it would be exciting to be a part of a new department. After a year of very successful sales, I was promoted to Team Leader. Once again, I loved my job. I had 12 people reporting to me...12 fantastic people. Management was alot of fun. After Joanne died, my priorities changed and so did my role. To make a long story short, I was no longer loving my job. I knew that I wanted to stay with the company, but I also knew it was time for me to leave the inside sales department.

In August, 2006, I started in the position that I am currently in, working with clients who are converting from one of our products to another, and more recently, implementing new clients. Two weeks after I started in this position, I found out I was pregnant with Threepeat. I was SO scared to tell my new manager...after all, I had JUST started in my position. Of course, my fears were completely unfounded and my manager at the time was thrilled for me. I worked hard to get myself up to speed as quickly as I could and had several accounts under my belt before I went on maternity leave in March, 2007. I went back to work early, in January, 2008 and have loved almost every moment since. I work from home and love, love, LOVE my job...on most days.

The company that I work for is phenomenal. I am so, so richly blessed in working for this company and hope that this will be where I am when it's time to retire!

So, thank you to a great company...thank you for being so wonderful to me for 13 years. Here's to another 13 great years!! Pin It

2 comments:

Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

God Bless Dawn that is wonderful. It is so hard to find a great company to work for these days. Especially one that you can honestly call a "home." And it's wonderful to see you appreciate all you have. Here's to many more years!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

You are an inspiration!!! I strive to one day have a job where I can write the same things you just did; I can't right now, but I'm trying to get on that path!

By the way, how jealous am I of your extended maternity leave? We just don't have options like that in the U.S.

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

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