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Becoming an Assistant Buyer

Chronicles of a Job Hunter: The Letter That Made My Day

SavvySugar Community member littlemissjobhunter has been down in the dumps lately, after an unpleasant showdown with her manager. But it seems things might just be looking up. Be sure to catch up on all her job-hunting adventures!

As the sound of birds chirping echo through the panes of my parents' new Hong Kong residence, I think about how surreal the last 48 hours of my life were. To be exact, my life felt like they were straight from the pages of "Confessions of a Shopaholic." But first, let's backtrack . . . about a week, give or take a few days.

The light at the end of the tunnel was approaching, and my time with my ungrateful manager was finally coming to an end. My last few days were filled with an upward spiral of borderline elation, as a new chapter of my life would soon begin. When I received the rejection from one dream retailer, my spirits dampened slightly but was heightened by the possibility to travel without restriction and direct obligations.


I had told my manager that the following day would be my last day. She seemed shocked and almost bewildered at my statement. "Why is that?" she asked, almost as if it were a rhetorical question. Even as I replay back the conversation in my head, I cannot fully explain why I said what I said. I simply lied.

"I have received another job offer at (insert Dream Retailer's name) as a planner." The statement came out soft spoken, but after I said it, I had instilled a level of confidence that shocked, even I. "That will be good for you," she said in a tone that signified disbelief. In a twisted and childish way, her response gave me a significant amount of satisfaction. Then, I received a call that would change everything.

To find out what the call was about, read on.

"Would you like to come in and talk to a few of us from the inventory management planning team?" asked the HR lady of one of my dream retailers. A new wave of hope was restored as I went home to prep for my interview.

That night, I could not sleep. Not only for the anxiety of another interview (this time with a VP of the department), but also because I was 85 percent sure I was about to make a spontaneous impromptu visit to Hong Kong to visit family and friends. I also needed to unwind from the madness of the last four months with the ungrateful manager. Long travel trips almost always made me queasy, causing bouts of insomnia.

To my relief, my interview the next day went well but did not help in my decision in leaving the country. I hoped HR would help sway my decision but was only left with prerecorded voicemail. Putting my foot down, I decided to take a leap of faith and go. After all, there was nothing I could do now but wait. As I giddily chatted with friends about my trip, my Gmail inbox lit up. Thinking it was another one of the many shopping sites I subscribed to, I flicked over in disinterest. The formality of the e-mail caught my eye. The words, "Dear lilmissjobhunter, the VP was very pleased meeting you and would like to offer you a position on her team," gleamed back at me. Eyes wide, I reread the paragraph thinking it was a dream.

The next few hours were history. Nothing could ruin my spirits, and my trip to Hong Kong would not only be well deserved but would be anxiety-free! The physical exertions of blood, sweat, and tears have finally paid off as soon as I saw my scanned offer letter title, “Assistant Control Buyer.” It had a nice ring to it.

Please note that my story is by no means a fairy tale, but with hard work, persistence, and a positive outlook, finding a job may not be as daunting as it's rigged out to be.

Until next time . . . signing off,


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