Time for a change.

It was a busy weekend for me. Most of my time was spent redesigning MANteresting. We threw up a new logo. Moved some stuff around. And ultimately brought the site up to web 2.0 standards.

After a couple of hours of coding in the MANteresting changes, I couldn’t help myself. I figured it was time to give this here blog a face-lift. The old “grungy” look was cool and all, but there was too much going on: crazy background graphics, too many icons, awkward spacing.

This new look, while some will probably call it boring, pretty much removes all of those concerns. Wanna know the thing I’m most excited about? My two unicorn compadres hanging out in the header. I’ll be frequently changing out the text in their speech bubbles, so keep your eyes peeled for some fun banter between the two 😉

I remember opening Photoshop for the first time and feeling overwhelmed with all the setting and panel options. I didn’t know where to begin. Or when I looked at CSS code for my first time and thought “What the crap does ‘box-shadow: 0 0 2px #d9d9d9;’ mean”?!

I was in over my head, but through a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve become relatively proficient.

I’ve always been concerned that my work as a Special Agent limits my marketability to new job opportunities. Most people in my job do this their entire lives, they have no need to broaden their horizons.

I’ve been casually exploring tech and medical sales positions over the last few weeks. I’ve also been rejected from every position I’ve applied to since this time. Haven’t even gotten a phone interview. Companies want someone who has sold X dollars of product, performed X number of deals in the last X months, and performs X% above the team average.

When you’ve never sold anything before, it’s kind of hard to convince someone to give you a sales job. If I was a recruiter, I wouldn’t look twice at my resume either.

The reality is my current position will never give me experience in sales. It also never gave me experience in graphic/website design. If I want to become competitive in the job market, it’s time I pick myself up by my bootstraps and start selling things. Who wants to buy some used toilet paper? 😉

Have you picked up any valuable skills in your free time? Musical instrument? Sewing/tailoring? Handyman (plumbing, mechanic, etc)?

20 thoughts on “Time for a change.

  1. I have attempted a few real estate classes but never followed through. However, I am going to make another attempt because I’m getting dissatisfied with my job I’ve held on to for the last 18 years. Better late than never they say, right?

  2. I’m a Stay at Home now (used to work in the Financial world), but I have become pretty great at sewing, and have even sold some of the things that I have designed and sewn myself.

  3. I am a self-taught amateur playwright. Haven’t had anything produced yet, but I keep trying.

    The new look is good. I would just suggest raising the font size a point or two for the normal (i.e., unbolded) text.

  4. By day I am a marketer in the pharmacuetical industry, but by night I am a hard rock journalist interviewing the coolest bands and writing reviews on all things hard rock related.

    I am totally self taught in interviewing, podcasting, and review writing (save for some creative wrtiting courses in and out of college). It has taught me a lot about the interviewing process, which questions to ask, and how to get more out of a boring interview, but I doubt that it will land me a job with Rolling Stone magazine. However, I am having fun!

  5. My design and coding skills are 100% self-taught (self-learned?) and I was able to leave my career to design full time. Never underestimate the power of learning things on the side!

  6. Think twice about changing right now! Unemployment is still high and there is a lot of competition out there. The are new graduate nurses who cannot get a job because of lack of experience. There is a dire need fror nurses and they are in a catch 22.

  7. Why leave a stable job with good benefits and pension to start at the bottom of a very unstable field? I’m not trying to be critical, I’m honestly trying to understand. Is a ‘change’ that important?

  8. Since you have at least two sites (that I know of) why you don’t you list your advertising sales as part of your resume in your application? I assume you do some sales for that. if you are monetizing passively, well, you can consider being more proactive with it and thereby show prowess at sales, and potentially increase your revenue from your blog/sites in the mean time. make money while acquiring new skills= best!

  9. A couple of things-
    1. Network and make a connection to a recruiter or someone else who is in the field so you aren’t lost in the company’s ATS system. Companies are running so lean that many candidates just get lost in the fray not because a company doesn’t care, they just don’t have the bandwidth to make each connection
    2. I made a switch into recruiting from sales. It wasn’t the easiest change but I was in a flexible position where we (ie: my husband and I) could take the risk. $$ wise I’m above my pre-career switch salary. But most importantly I’m 10x happier in my current career path than before the switch.
    3. Check out companies like Docusign and Tableau or even isoftstone (all have sales offices in Seattle). You’ll likely take a pay cut to get started but if that’s where your heart is I say go for it
    4. Someone mentioned talking about how you monetize this site or others. It is something you can absolutely put on your resume -just my .02

  10. LMAO!!! @ Who wants to buy some used toilet paper!
    and uggggghhhhhh @ Lindy! LOL

    I’ve been learning how to write grants between work and school.

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