The Shoe Doesn’t Always Fit…
Shoes, Glorious Shoes!
Oh my shoes! One thing I love about the ever-growing shoe collection in my closet is that they always fit. No matter what outfit I’m planning to wear, how bloated I feel, or even if I’ve gained a few pounds from eating one too many treats (okay, okay like ten too many…), my shoes don’t judge – they just make my feet look pretty.
Jimmy Choos or Payless Shoes?
I’m a huge culprit of hitting the to-good-to-be-true Payless sales. I love getting three pairs of shoes for under $30, but as good as that bargain sounds, I always end up getting the short end of the stick. My cheap shoes give me 3 or 4 wears before they start looking tired and worn. They aren’t made for comfort and I often end up throwing them into the Goodwill pile shortly after purchasing them.
Good shoes are an investment. It might mean more hours of work to pay for those pairs that make you deliciously giddy, but they are the shoes that end up lasting longest – not to mention, they make you feel confident, powerful and perfect.
Shop for the Sales and Make the Investment
Just like those perfectly fitting shoes, your job or career should provide that same comfort and support. Invest some time into preparing for the interview by really researching the company and their main objectives, reread the job description multiple times so you have a solid grasp on the major responsibilities, and prepare your questions about the job and company so you can get to know the work environment before making the investment.
Take the interview as an opportunity to slip on the position for size. If it fits, you’ll know. You’re not only going to want to walk a mile in those shoes, but they’ll become your favorite pair!
Shoes need care. Once you’ve made the investment of taking a job and joining a company, really work that investment by being a constant learner, enthusiastic employee and valuable asset to the company. Show off those new shoes and make people notice you. At times, new shoes can give you the undesired blisters and sore feet, but the pain is worth the beauty that comes afterwards. You have to wear them in and let the shoes form to your feet.
As you wear the shoes in, you’ll start to become more comfortable in your position. People will start to trust you with more responsibility and respect your voice in the office. Soon enough, co-workers will be coming to you to get your insight.
There does come a time in the life of many of my shoes where they are just done. They did me well, but it is time to set them aside and purchase another pair.
Sometimes, you might outgrow a job or company. It’s okay to reach for that new pair of shoes – continue to challenge yourself and look for a new position that fits you. Keep the memories from that previous pair, though – you want to take everything you learned from your previous job to your new position and continue to build your closet of knowledge.