It has been a few weeks since I tweeted this little gem:
So… I am officially on the job market. If you know of any job openings in that ATL, please let me know.
I’ve had a few people ask me what happened and what is going on. I felt that it was time to go ahead and explain what happened.
I’ve been working for AVID Design for the past 5 years. When I came on with AVID, I knew nothing about the industry and had no real knowledge about anything related to HTML or CSS. It was a time in AVID’s life that we were growing. I basically came on to become an internal project manager. I was in charge of timelines and making sure that we delivered on scope, on time, under budget.
It was an incredible experience. I learned TONS. I met many people and started friendships with many people. In the last year to two years I had become the Director of Web Development. It was a lofty title for someone who wasn’t a developer at his core. I often felt inadequate, but learned a lot. I know enough to be dangerous and my train of logic benefited me when dealing on complex programming planning. I was able to drive one of our key products to wider use and was consistently looking for ways to improve it, our staff, our efficiencies. At the same time, I was growing as a consultant. I led many conversations and was directly involved in almost all our client strategy sessions.
So what happened?
I can’t place my finger on it, but for the past 6 months to a year I had been fighting myself. I now come to believe that I was not listening to God at the time. I think he had been trying to grab my attention for a LONG time, but I continued to fight the storm and think that if I didn’t… the boat was going to tear apart and I’d be lost at sea. The fact that I failed to remember was that Jesus was in the boat with me. While I was fighting it, I wasn’t seeking comfort in his rest. Now my job situation was extremely complex. I did not feel that I could abandon the post that I had, but at the same time I felt like I was abandoning my post at home too often. Stress was high.
So, over the past several months, I had been praying for direction from God about what to do. God’s answer came very quickly. It was time for me to step out on faith and rely that He would provide for me and my family.
And He Did Just That!
While I worried myself with creating a resume and starting the process of networking (two things that I had not done prior to leaving my job) God was setting the table for where I am now. I got a message from John Howard to have lunch with him. You may know that I have worked at Howard Brothers twice before. First of all, I worked during high school and full time through college. It was this job that allowed me to stay at home and attend college at Georgia State. I pursued a Business Administration track with focus in Project Management and Organizational Theory. At the time, I figured that I’d be content with working at Howard’s for my career. I really enjoyed the hardware business and could not see myself doing anything else.
God saw differently.
I was approached by a customer of Howard’s about a position that was opening up. Ultimately it was going to move me in a direction that would use my ‘piece of paper degree’ more than I would be using it at Howard’s. So after working 6 years at Howard’s Doraville location, I took the new job. Long story short, a year and a half later, 9-11 happened and my job was eliminated due to REALLY SLOW economy.
After that, God provided me an opportunity to come back and work at a new location for Howard’s. I worked for 5 years in an assistant manager / sales capacity in Oakwood, Georgia. I wondered what would have happened if I had not taken the other job. Would I have been made a manager at this location? I worked for 5 years in Oakwood. During that time, our family moved back to Norcross and we had our first child. The commute was taxing and God opened the door for me to go to AVID.
Five Years Later
And now we come to today. I completely believe that God moved me to AVID because he needed me learn some skills that I could bring back to Howard’s. Recently, I had been thinking and telling others that I wish that I could do for one organization what I was doing for multiple. I wanted to be able to drive strategy around the web for someone. I wanted to do all the things that we talked to our clients about, but I wanted to do it for someone. I had been given the taste of doing a few freelance projects and a couple ministry related projects and wanted to pursue that avenue.
So when asked by John who could benefit from my skill set, it became obvious all at once. I am so excited to announce that I am the Marketing and Communications Manager for Howard Brothers. The first few days and weeks, we’ve been dreaming about directions we can go. To take the obvious metaphor, there are so many tools in our toolbox that we can use. I get the opportunity to decide which tools we want to use first. I am excited to create a hub website that all our online efforts will point to. Already, we have relaunched the site in an effort to have a platform that we can begin creating content and campaigns for. It probably will not be the final site (a website is never done) but can be a stepping stone to the vision that is in my head.
We’re going to use social media. We’re going to use blogs and videos. We’re going to do email campaigns. We may try out texting. QR Codes, PPC, E Commerce… The toolbox is full. I’m also excited to help create some internal processes. Never did I think that I’d be creating an intranet on my own, but that is a possibility. As Howard’s continues to grow we need to be prepared for that growth as we develop and defend our branding. I’m also excited to be able to educate on all this stuff. I’ve had several opportunities to do a little show and tell during some meetings and see others get excited about bounce rates and referring sites.
It has been exciting to be sitting in a morning meeting and pray for our business. Pray for the people in it. That is the biggest tool in our toolbox. One that often gets pushed to the bottom. All the other items get thrown on top of God and we try to solve the problem on our own. Eventually though, we realize that we had what we needed all along.
So, I invite you (my circle of influence) to check out the work that we’re doing. You may not be in the area, but follow on Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe to our RSS and perhaps you’ll get some ideas from the work we’re going to be doing that you can apply to your business or organization.