This post is a part of the Corporate Life Series that provides insight in regards to life & how to thrive within Corporate America.

About two weeks ago, our company had it’s groundbreaking ceremony for our new facility that will be built in the next two years. I’ve never been to a groundbreaking ceremony before so I didn’t know what to fully expect. I imagined that I’d be in the room with a lot of people, mainly those who I’ve only seen on television, but I never thought that I’d be as close as I was. I received an email earlier within the week that I had been selected to “represent” the company along with a few other people.

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This representation allowed me to stand beside a few major figures in our state. I got to meet the governor of our state, the mayor of our city, as well as being up close and personal with corporate executives of the company that I work for. It was cool being on the news again. It was exciting and still pretty surreal but it was an awesome experience.

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I have an awesome employer. And after a brief pow-wow with the company’s CFOs, I realized that this is where I want to be. Lately, there have been a few companies that have reached out to me requesting a meeting to discuss other opportunities. These companies are a few of the same companies that sent their “While we were impressed with your skills, we feel there are other candidates that meet our needs more closely” or something similar almost 6 months ago. Not even a full 48 hours and I was rejected. And now they see how valuable I could have been to their company since I currently work for one of the world’s top recognizable brands.

What will matter is not your success but your significance… –Michael Josephson

My responses were cordial. I am aware of how crucial it is to keep bridges in tact. You never know who you’ll run into. This world is smaller than you think, and the IT world? Even smaller.

I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy sending those emails to say I’m not interested at this time because I did. I smiled as I let my fingers dance across my keyboard, rendering a response. I savored it and reveled in the fact that I have a say of how I want to shape my career. I love the power in having a choice. Being sought after by companies is motivation to continue to build and properly construct, conduct, and carry myself.

Just like my company is well known because of it’s brand by the entire world, I want my brand, my reputation, and my character to positively precede me.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. –Albert Einstein

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7 Comments
  1. Vaneese

    October 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    This is great, Carla. How awesome is it to interact with and get on the radar of those influential decision makers? This sounds like it was a great experience for you! I love to see people who are so CONSCIOUS when it comes to their career. And yay for you, turning down folks for interviews and things! Love it!!
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  2. Melanie

    October 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I remember those emails only too well….and now no matter how many places I deactivate my resume the emails still keep coming :(
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  3. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    October 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Girl. This is amazing. I am SO excited and even more proud of you! The mayor and the governor, yes! Awesome pics too!
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  4. Sheriden

    October 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    This is so awesome! Don’t you just love loving what you do? And I like that it was hammered home even further by the fact that the ones that turned you down want you now. That tells you that you are doing something right :)

    And awesome that you were able to meet your governor and mayor at your company’s new groundbreaking. That’s exciting that you’re part of something that’s expanding which further demonstrates your ability for growth there :) I think you’re doing the right thing. Go with your heart and if things ever do change, at least those bridges were left unburned :)
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  5. Courtnee

    October 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I smiled as I read this. You go girl; that’s the best feeling in the world!
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  6. Kimberly

    October 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! I’m going to share this post with a few of my friends who have been struggling with accepting rejection! This is what I’m talking about! I’ve learned that sometimes we’re rejected for the things that may be blocking our promotion! I love this post and I must say these pictures scream, I made it!

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