I toyed around with all sorts of clever ways to share this news but thought that just spitting it right out would be best: I have a new job.
The truth is that I have been looking for a job for the last few months after being laid off from my last employer. I enjoyed doing freelance communications work and the whole SAHM thing but knew that my goal was full-time employment.
I know that everyone who has been in this situation has been told a thousand times about the importance of networking, but let me be one thousand and one. I found my job by attending a free luncheon for people who were considering getting their APR accreditation. I wasn't even planning to pursue my APR but hey it was free lunch and I figured some top PR people would be there (I have since decided to get my APR).
A week or so later I got an email from a professional that I met at the lunch. She was leaving her job and the boss wanted to hire someone quickly to fill in as a freelancer until they could make a hire. I applied, worked hard as a freelancer, and you know the rest.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know my new job is at a hospital. I can't wait to get into it. I already have multiple important-looking badges and jangly keys and a pager! They are getting me a pager! I am going to be so official. And if I could look like Ellen Pompeo in scrubs, I would wear those too.
Seriously, I am very excited to be working in the healthcare industry right now and believe that there are many compelling and important stories to tell. I hope that others who are looking for a new position will have the good fortune to find a new opportunity at the intersection of determination and dumb luck.