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April 6, 2007

You think I'll take it?

I have been keeping something from everyone... I know, it's not like a lie, just an omission of information... I am a BAAAAD Blogger.....
The company I work for (Value City Furniture/American Signature) is getting ready to open a new store in Suffolk (actually on the western edge of Chesapeake). When they job posted the management positions, I applied for Merchandise/Sales Manager and for Operations Manager. Now, mind you, I am a sales person (we call them Home Furnishings Consultants) but my background is in distribution and transportation management in big ticket environments (ie: appliances, TV's and furniture specifically). After my heart attack a couple of years ago, I decided to pare down the stress in my life, actually my body forced me to through a long bout with anxiety attacks, and go back to selling. Anyway, I was interviewed about a month ago by the market manager, and then yesterday morning by the regional manager and the new store manager. After the interview (and actually even before it) I figured they weren't going to be able to meet my salary requirements, and the job required more hours, and the commute would be a half hour more than it is now and that I would probably have to say no.
Think again Tom...
My market manager approached me yesterday afternoon and told me that I was their first choice for the Operations Manager at the new store, explained the salary and bonus potential, and asked if I would like it...
I told him I would like to think about it (read: talk to my partner about it) and make the drive from my home to the new store (which I will do this morning) before I give him my answer. He said "ok" and asked if he could expect an answer tomorrow (today), which I agreed to.
So... Here's the poop... The job is 2nd in charge of the store, a base salary equal to my commission last year plus the potential of 6k in bonuses, 10 more hours a week, less flexible hours, 1 more hour (round trip) drive time, opens up endless possibilities for future growth, yadda, yadda, yadda...
You think I'll take it?
Tune in tomorrow for the answer!!
Over and "Out" for now from chilly Toano, VA

4 comments:

Kelly said...

Congrats!!! Go for it!!!

Maddog said...

Congratulations on at least being offered the position. You'll know whether it's a good idea or not, so think about it and do what's best for you. And don't forget to let us know what you decide.

daveincleveland said...

congrats dude and go for it...you can't go wrong......."out" from cleveland..:)

Scotty said...

I woudl DIE to be in your shoes. My company is ending ALL its North American Operations and I will cease to have a job by this time next year...after 23 years there I am at a loss as to what is next.

I say GO FOR IT!

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