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fdow 2013

Posted on 8 Jan 13 by in free fringes, settling in | 23 comments


My fdos, first day of school, posts are something of legend. Okay, not really, they are as plain Jane “look at how my kids have grown” posts as anyone else’s. But I am stealing the name fdos to share with you my fdow: first day of work as a permanent employee in three years. It doesn’t seem real, and I pinched myself inside the supply closet among the battery-operated toothbrushes and Water Piks because I am that nerd.

This is the first job I’ve ever had for which not only am I fully Googleable, legal name and all, but that my employer is aware of my social media presence. In fact, my online writing project played a significant part in getting me the position. For several months, I was using a traditional resume to apply for jobs, then when I felt confident yeah write could be used as a marketing communication portfolio piece, I added it to two cover letters.

Out of the two letters, I got one callback and the eventual job. Again, this is after months and months of applying and cover lettering and why me-ing. The editors at yeah write were my professional references and they were the stars of the show at my second interview. The hiring manager couldn’t stop talking about them. It became my job to lose.

For some reason, just to increase my chances of not getting it, I was myself throughout the entire interview. Talkative? Check. Over-share-y? Check. Demanding? Check. Dismissive of offices still using Microsoft Publisher? Check, check, check.

Overconfident? Yes, please.

Until the deadline passed for when I was semi-promised a decision by the doctor and the hiring manager. I stood in Louise’s kitchen in my pajamas holding a cocktail trying to figure out when and how I could move my kids and me into Louise’s house rent-free without her noticing. Someone who’s less of a slob probably could have gotten away with it. I knew I was not that person and wondered if I could find an available underpass in the kids’ school zone—with wifi.

It’s still unbelievable to me I signed tax and citizenship verification forms today. I have a work station. Tomorrow, I will have passwords, entry codes and whatnot. I will adjust to wearing shoes without prominent athletic logos. I will iron! I will manage the dental practice’s community relations, social media, marketing communication and PR.

I shall keep it a secret from my toddler that I have Fridays off. But not from my mother-in-law in case she wants to use Friday as a travel day to meet halfway to take him off my hands. I’m free this Friday, Nana.

Are you ever paranoid you’ll accidentally piss somebody off on the Internet who will mobilize her 6,000 Twitter followers to phone-bomb your employer just to harass and intimidate ¬†and cause your immediate termination? Um, me neither. Don’t do me like that, Internet. It’s 2013, and we now use our integrated social and professional profiles for helping each other out.

Thanks for helping me out, Internet.

waiting room

waiting room

recare room

treatment room

Good fortune being right on time in comments…


  1. I bet you rocked it your first day! Fist bump – you don’t seem anymore the hugs type than I am.

  2. Congrats!! It’s no surprise to me that YW helped your resume :)

  3. Congrats Erica! That’s great news!
    “I will iron!” cracked me up…. you are a better woman than I, let me tell you! ;-)

  4. Congratulations!! I hope you kicked royal booty for your FDOW!

  5. I’m totally intimidated to comment on your blog, because you are an authority figure-pop idol-demi-god, yadda yadda. But let me enthuse: This is greaT!! I am so happy for you. I am happy this is an integration of lots of parts of yourself and also: Fridays off. Holla! Go you and those forms. Oh the forms. Let me know how it is on the other side…I have 27 days til I join the working world myself.

  6. Yesss!!! Go on with your blog self! That office looks so cute-congratulations!

  7. Yay! I thought about you all day yesterday, started to text, “How’s the first day going?” or some such in the middle of the day and then thought, “Wait! She’s working! She’s not just lounging around waiting for the next text/tweet/FB update!” So I silently wished you well. May your friends, follwers and Austin bartender not bring you down.

  8. Wait, the internet can be used for good? ;) Congratulations on your new job!

  9. What a bright, cheerful place to work. Will you bring in your own chair? Does it smelly funny in there? Do you get to answer the phone like this, “Erica Mullenix, how can I help you?” in a 976 voice? If so, will Q call a lot.

    You should be so proud of you!

  10. I love your new office, what a cheerful place to work! Congratulations on the new job. No doubt that you will be awesome.

  11. Yay You!!! Congratulations on everything. Love the office… actually looks a lot like where i take my kids. so fun and cartoons all day long. :)

  12. All very exciting. No doubt with your social-media savvy, this dental practice is about to get very busy. Looks like a very creative, fun place. A steady paycheck. Sounds wonderful.

  13. Congratulations! yeahwrite is what social networking should be all about. Thanks for all you do!

  14. Congrats! Super cool that you were able to use your social media presence and prowess to land the job. Hope it is everything you want!

  15. Congrats! I love the new workspace, so awesome!

  16. Hooray and congrats on the job!

  17. Congratulations, Erica! Very cool! I’m delighted for you! Social media, marketing, PR… your bailiwick to be sure.. they are lucky to have you! Cheers!

  18. Oh wow! Congratulations! I’m so glad you’ve found a position you’re excited about and that you were able to turn your skill at something you love into something with a steady pay check.

  19. Congrats! Looks like a fun office. Enjoy the new position!!

  20. I’m late to the party, but CONGRATULATIONS! I too started a new job in 2013, with 401K benefits and everything. First permanent position I’ve had in a year and a half. Feels good.

    Good luck to you!

    • Grizzbabe! It’s been forever. Thanks for the comment, and stay tuned for an update. THINGS HAPPENED.


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