My Target Realization
New career. New city. New beginnings. Starting all over again. Fear of the unknown. What if I don’t make it? What if things don’t work out? Well, at least there’s food.
Those are the thoughts that raced through my head. In that order specifically. Making the choice to relocate my life and career after 7 year from Las Vegas to San Francisco, the city of food, fame and great weather came with its challenges. Everyday these thoughts would fill my head with every emotion passing through like a restless wanderer.
For 7 years I built a life in Las Vegas. I got into the habit of a 24 hour convenient city, where grocery shopping could be done at 2am. Where hiking was a lifestyle and yes, we had the Strip. One misconception though: As a local, your job is to avoid the Strip at all costs. As far as my company, it was ranked as one of the best places to work. According to Forbes, it was one of the top 100 companies to work for in the US. A friendly atmosphere, great employee perks and more contributed to this amazing company culture. 10 core values helped to align the processes and procedures which ultimately grew their success. To say that I was happy at this company was a true understatement. At the time, I thought I had found my last job.
I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment it happened but I started wondering what living life would be like if I were to leave the “comfort blanket” I’ve created in Las Vegas and take my career to the next level. It was then where things really fell into place for me and Target. Meeting with an Executive Recruiter for the Target Innovation Center in San Francisco, really got me interested. Our first interview was scheduled for 30 minutes and ended up lasting 2 hours! You can say it was a match made in recruiting heaven. After that conversation, the butterfly feeling continued as I met with more people during the interview process. Things were fresh and exciting at this point.
To my surprise, time frames worked out perfectly. In a short month, I found myself saying goodbye to Sin City and driving to San Francisco, ready to make a difference at the Innovation Center. As I made the 9.5 hour drive, I started doubting my future and the future of the company I chose. In a perfect world, Target would have the culture consistent to my interview experience. But I was unsure.
My first work week found me traveling to Minneapolis to attend the Fall National Meeting. Talk about an amazing way to start! As the week slowly unfolded, I found myself falling more in love. From the onsite amenities to team member resources, Target Commons, to happy hours, meeting my team to the support from all angles, this company has proven that no matter the size, a culture can exist and a work family can thrive.
It’s been 4 months since my start date and I continue to discover things about Target that solidify my decision to move. Although I’m based in San Francisco, I feel just as close to my counterparts in Minneapolis. What I learned over the months is Target’s genuine encouragement for personal and professional growth. No matter the path you choose here, this company seems to really support your decision. I don’t know what the future holds for me with Target but I can tell you it’s gonna be bright one!
New career. New city. New beginnings. New family. Awesome support. Yup, I made the right decision. And of course, there’s awesome food.
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