I took on my job search full time, going into the outplacement company’s office daily. I did everything they advised me to do to the best of my ability and made a commitment to trust God. As my severance period was winding down, I ended up being offered an HR management position that paid about 20% less than I had been making. It was not my first choice of position, as I had been looking for a job out of state and outside the HR arena. I knew, however, that if I turned the job down, my unemployment would end, because I had refused a management job in my field. Yes, I could have lied to the Department of Labor, but that went against my commitment to trust God.
I decided to accept the position, pay cut and all. I saw several opportunities to make improvements in the HR department, and things went well. Within six weeks, the COO reorganized the company and promoted me to a position equal to the person I had been hired by and was reporting to. My pay was increased to what it had been in my former job. I continued doing my best and six weeks after that, he restructured again, elevating me above the person who had hired me. I was now his boss, and I was making more money than I ever had in my life. Working at this higher level gave me wonderful new opportunities, including coming to Phoenix for a training program. It was this exposure to the Southwest that prompted my move here.
I can remember so clearly having to make the decision about accepting that job. That profound lesson in trusting and letting go has stayed with me all these years.