At work, and in life, I'm the girl who puts her head down and gets it done, trusting that eventually the right people will notice. Do your best job, whatever you do, and good things will follow. Oh, I know, sometimes on this blog, I blabber on about the general hawesomeness of being the VP, etc. But its really to keep my hubby's ego in check. I practice a good deal of humility day-to-day. Really. (Well, not about my shoes . . . but everyone has to have a flaw, right?)
When I found out I was being laid off, earlier this year, I faltered, for a moment. But then I took the same approach I did in any job. Turned "job-searching" into my focus, and tried to do the best I could do. And think I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. I put the downside behind me, and tried to go about the process with grace and style. It did not go unnoticed.
So now, six months into the job, I'm trying to do my best, and its starting to get some notice. Today, one of the external audit partners (from my previous firm) was talking to me. She said "You're doing a really nice job so far . . . the coordinating partner and I were just talking about it the other day . . . and this is going to sound weird . . . but after we got done saying what a nice job you're doing . . . . we said "We (the previous firm) made a mistake" . . . "
I laughed. I'm glad someone finally noticed.
But its neither here nor there, at this point. In fact, as I sit working through my bonus allocations for my team, trying to make sure the money is distributed fairly, I realize I'm authorizing some bonuses that are bigger than some people make as a salary all year. And I am enjoying my job. And enjoying my new team. And I don't even know if I'll get a bonus this year, but it doesn't matter, because I'm working for a place where we're paying bonuses in one of the worst economies in forever. Imagine what happens when the economy is actually good?
Maybe I didn't position myself correctly in my previous firm. Or maybe, given the way its all working out, I did.
Just rewards. For mine, I am grateful.
Although, for a small second, when she said "We made a mistake", the bad girl wanted to say "Yeah you did - in your face!" But then I promised to take the bad girl shoe-shopping if she just kept her mouth shut, and we were good.