You may have noticed that over the last few days, I've begun to use Disqus as the commenting interface on this little blog o'mine. It's not just because I've suddenly gone fancy on you and decided to veer away from the commenting interface that comes pre-installed with every Blogger blog. No, my friends, it is because as of September 20, I will be working for the small-but-mighty tech startup! You heard me, new job!
I'll be starting out as their Office Manager, while also taking on some more General Manager-y tasks and helping to develop their internal Human Resources programming. They are a true San Francisco tech startup in the sense that their staff is comprised mostly of engineers, and the time has come for the company to hire someone to manage the day to day workings of the office while helping to build a solid foundation for growth. Enter: Kim.
I am beyond excited about this opportunity, which seems like a great combination of using my current skills in office management, organization and communications while developing myself as a Human Resources professional (ooh fancy). Some of the things they have expressed an immediate need for assistance with are New Hire Onboarding (a particular passion of mine), Office Organization (both physical and structural), and Corporate Culture - they are expanding from what was once a small group of buddies building a product and want to ensure they maintain a consistent message (including training, communications, and general environment) while they grow. So yeah. All things that sound great to me.
And oh, did I mention that the office has a ton of windows? One of the hardest things for me about working at the recording studio is the lack of natural light; I didn't realize how much better I feel when I can see the sky. I will also be commuting via public transportation, and will be getting about two miles of walking in a day, including a nice 10 minutes or so walking lakeside on my way to and from the BART station. I'm also planning on going back to school part time to earn my Certification in Human Resources Management through the UC Berkeley Extension program. I recently attended an information session, and was absolutely thrilled at the prospect of taking these classes. I haven't been this excited about the prospect of going to school since I started my Freshman year at UCLA.
Sorry to tease for so long about the news, but if you're following me on Twitter, you got some of the information already. :) And a big hello to my new coworkers, some of whom helped me get Disqus going on my blog (hi, Giannii), and some of whom have been making me feel welcome via Twitter.
Quitting my job was difficult, and there are definitely things and people I will miss when I'm not at the Studios anymore, but I am very excited about this next step in my career. I'll keep you posted!