What a whirlwind two days. Tuesday, I was hired at a start-up focusing on software for mobile retail applications, after a ten-minute interview. Wednesday was my official day to relax, to not need to look for a job. Took a long walk, cuddled with the kitties.
Thursday, I became an employee again. The company is leasing space on a floor of a building in San Francisco's Financial District that caters to small businesses. We have two spaces there--one, a smaller single office-sized space, the other about 500 square feet that has about 6 of us. I still don't have a permanent desk, as the space needs to be better configured. The company started just over a year ago and is growing, 4 of us hired in the past 90 days, so things are nuts....there's no real HR department, very little structure and a LOT of work to be done for current clients and growing the business. Pretty much everyone else is a programmer, I am the administrator, office manager, executive assistant all rolled into one.
The first day was spent meeting almost everyone and getting used to the space. My direct bosses, the President and Vice-President founders of the company were busy in meetings all day. Friday, the second day was a bit more a "normal" workday. I arrived at 9AM, my bosses at noon, completed my "onboarding paperwork," started some projects and moved around the office with my laptop as other staff came in and needed the spot I was at. My usual hours will be 9-4 or 4:30, but I was there until about 5 yesterday.
Working in a newborn start-up is going to be crazy busy and is unlike any other position I have had. I've worked in companies that are going through major changes, but even in those, there was a backbone of structure. In this job, there is very little structure. No HR rep to ask questions of or permanent desk space. This is good and scary at the same time. The good--I can develop my role with a good deal of flexibility which appeals to me. No micro-managing bosses here! The bad--a lack of space to call my own right now. The worry that the business could fail, though there is no reason to think that. But the good outweighs the bad. My coworkers are a smart, hard-working, fun bunch and the office has the feel of the late 1990s, a start-up culture where everyone wears many hats.
It just feels good to get up early, dress, have a commute--a short one on the colorful F-Line historic streetcars--chat with coworkers, have responsibilities and a lunch break. And today, enjoying an actual weekend--rather than another day unemployed that happens to be a Saturday--I'm smiling.
My goal was to find a job by Turkey Day, so my parents and I wouldn't be stressed about me moving back home, and I made it, somehow. Weird how life works sometimes. I honestly had thrown up my hands about job-hunting in November and December. Having worked through the holidays, I knew that hiring isn't always the focus in these months, while employees take time off and enjoy the holidays. Boy was I surprised. Had you told me a week ago that I'd be employed in a start-up in 3 days, I'd have laughed.