Not long ago, I was browsing Pinterest and stumbled across a pin that really struck me. It was a Rumi quote, “What you seek is seeking you,” beautifully brushed in watercolor. While it may not seem like much, it was exactly what I needed. I had recently decided to relocate to Bend, Oregon, and even with everything set in motion, I began to doubt if it really was the best decision. What if I couldn’t find work? What if I didn’t meet anyone or my neighbors hated me? What if I couldn’t find a new hair salon? While all of these “what ifs” gave me a bit of anxiety, I’m thrilled to say the risk was worth every gray hair (still looking for that salon) and has paid off tenfold.
As I’m sure every job seeker can relate, one of my greatest concerns with this fresh start was finding work. I didn’t want to find “just a job.” I wanted to find something (and somewhere) that I was passionate about, that was challenging and would drive my career. Enter Locals Compass. I came across this startup before my arrival in Bend and knew that this was it, that I had to be involved! Somehow, the stars aligned, a position became available, I met with the Founder & CEO, and in the blink of an eye, I started as the Community Development Associate at Locals Compass. It’s been a whirlwind of a month and I could not be more thrilled with my decision to join this team! The transition into this role has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and I feel it’s my duty to share this, in hopes that others take note and implement these efforts into their own practices (hiring managers, I’m looking at you!).
On my first day, I was greeted with a bouquet of tulips, a box full of Locals Compass goodies, and a folder full of first day paperwork and training materials. Anyone that knows me knows how important details and organization are to me, and would not be surprised that my immediate reaction to this beautifully arranged display of information was giving my new boss a hug. I was blown away. I’ve personally experienced how new hires can get bogged down with paperwork, confusing meetings, and a sense of uncertainty in their role, and am happy to share that my first month has only been filled with excitement, motivation, and has set me up with everything I could ever need to be successful.
What really stuck out to me during this last month, is the emphasis and importance that Founder & CEO, Zilaida Salgueiro places on onboarding, open communication and building relationships. These are key to success, both as an individual and for the company as a whole, and it’s unfortunate that managers don’t often understand this. While my first few days could be described as a bit of information overload, it was so helpful and provided me with the resources I needed to be successful in this role. I wasn’t left in the dark about anything, but was instead given a clear and full understanding of the company, its history, my role, goals, expectations and future opportunities. Seriously, everything. I have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources, an open line of communication and a voice. I’m not just a number, but a trusted and valued piece of the Locals Compass puzzle. I have access to the greatest support system and community, and have gained a mentor and friend. We even matched today!
As my first month comes to an end, I'm smiling knowing that everything I had been seeking has been found.
Caitlin Metzger spends her days building and supporting our community as the Community Development Associate at Locals Compass.