After A Fifteen Year Job Interview
The oscillating lawn sprinkler outside my window, generating a multi-colored rainbow over sprouting grass is a stark contrast to where I sat one month ago. After a 15-year job interview, the “Lebron James of Cape May,” changed teams. Okay, I changed jobs.
The bio on my blog refers to expertise in reputation management as it pertains to the hospitality industry. In the hotel biz I not only boosted my employers’ reputation and brand, but mine as well. I also learned that my brand and style was portable.
Suzanne and I are immensely grateful for the outpouring of support. Changing jobs after 15 years was not an easy choice. The decision was excruciating. The process of deciding took many long discussions and a few cocktails.
One night last fall while sitting at Harry’s at the Montreal Inn and Beach Resort I heard from God. Well, really it was another couple sitting nearby who were chatting about decisions. “When you’re afraid to move out of your comfort zone–it’s time to move out of your comfort zone,” went the discussion.
I was comfortable managing the Victorian Motel with Suzanne. I loved taking care of the long-term guests and meeting the new ones. That’s what I do.
Then the opportunity and serious offer to manage the Sea Crest Inn started to blip on my radar screen. In sailing, constant bearing and decreasing range can result in a collision. In this case an intersection. A good thing as opposed to bad. The Sea Crest and I were getting close.
Transitions can be difficult. I was hyper-sensitive to what it would mean for my current employer and the guests I had become so fond of in the fifteen years I was at the Victorian.
Ultimately, I had to be concerned for what the change would mean for my family. Moving out from behind the front desk and into a house with a yard, trees and nesting robins was irresistible. Managing a larger property that could benefit from my skill set was tempting. The fact that it is a seasonal property meant a better quality of life.
I’ve immersed my self into the fabric of Cape May in the last fifteen years. My involvement included my three-year stint as Chamber of Commerce President. My activities in social media grabbed the attention of some media outlets which became mutually beneficial. 2017 was a big year for this. My Islander profile in Cape May Magazine also boosted my brand. A tipping point for my new employer’s pursuit to hire me.
I’ve left the Victorian in good shape. Regular guests should have a positive experience. Some won’t even notice that we’ve gone. Now it’s time to turn off the sprinkler on the new shoots of grass and walk to work.
As I leave for work, the cats are sitting on one of the many windowsills, as if they are saying thanks for making the change. Suzanne is happy too.