After being laid-off back in January and almost 3 months of searching, filling-out applications and interviews, Citi has extended me an offer of employment! I was getting very discouraged and wondered if anyone would hire someone over 50 years old. Thanks to all of you who offered words of encouragement and motivated me to keep trying. I am so grateful!
I have been on a rough journey in life due to my mistakes and wrong choices. I've always had a superficial relationship with Jesus, always "walking" with him so God can bless me with something I want or want done. When it didn't happen, I'd give up and continue my sinful lifestyle.
Finally as I was trying to build another business, I told God that this time around I'm with him for real. I got serious. Woke up early, spent time with God, went through some rough revelations about myself and prayed that The Lord change me.
My business never really got off the ground and I really had some dark days. I didn't understand because it seemed that everyone else who was in the same business was very successful and I was following the same business model! Now I am in more credit card debt, NO job, another failed business! But I still prayed. My faith wavered, I was fighting with unbelief and doubt and wondering if God is who he says he is, but I kept pressing on. Through tears and frustration, disappointments and discouragement; I kept pressing.
Finally after searching and searching for a job, (I had to put my entrepreneurial efforts on hold) my temp service called with a temp job that was to only last for a month. I didn't want to take it but I didn't have any other options and it was $20/hr.
Despite how I felt, I went in with a perspective that I was going to do my best. Still doing my daily devotion in the mornings, I excelled at the job. My team loved me and I was a blessing to them. Unbeknownst to me, they were trying to get me hired permanently but the Director was stating there wasn't any room.
So a couple of ladies in my department were referring me to different internal positions that were hiring all the while I'm still job searching.
During this time I kept receiving "We don't want you" emails from jobs I've applied to; even from the internal positions. I was beginning to give up. I was tired, beat down, stressed out etc! My assignment ended up being extended twice. It was originally supposed to end 9-22-17 but my last day was 10-31-17.
I applied for one more position. This one I fell in love with! The HR Director reached out to me the same week and we had a great phone interview. The next Tuesday I had a face to face interview with the hiring manager and the Director of the department at the same time, so imagine my nervousness.
Get this they were trying to fill the position the day after my assignment ended and they had heard great things about me.
God is so amazing! My last day, my team threw me a party, decorated my desk, had a desert spread, the whole works. Also the Director of HR met with me and offered me the position for more money than I've ever made and with bonuses!!!!!! My drug test and background checks just cleared and I start Tuesday!
All during this time, I prayed, cried, lemented to God. I had bad days, horrible days and good days but Jesus gave me the strength to keep pushing and look how everything worked out!
I know this was long but I hope my testimony will encourage someone today. Even though it might be dark and it looks hopelessly, keep trusting in God. He will bring you through. Don't give up. Be blessed!