Thursday, August 03, 2006

First, the work stuff

I still haven't heard from the man that I interviewed with.

During our interview, he was sort of babbling through his schedule "well, I leave this Sunday and I'll be gone through Tuesday, and then I leave again the next Sunday and I'll be gone until Wednesday, and then there's that conference..."

Clearly, he's a busy guy.

So he might not be blowing me off. Maybe he's legitimately busy.

But maybe he is blowing me off.

And to be rather honest, I would just like to know if I should give up on the possibility of this job or hold out a little longer. That's all I want.

So do I send him some "it's been two weeks since we spoke, and I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I'm still interested in this position and blah blah blah..." email or do I just let it go and hope that he'll call if he's interested?


I hate this crap. It's all so sensitive. Is way too easy to make one wrong move and completely screw your chances at a job.

Anyway. Enough of that. Lets hear about my current job.

The president of the company was at my building today, teaching my boss how to manage people/finances/etc. Basically teaching her how to do her job.

He's getting ready to leave and go back to Corporate when he's like, "do you have five minutes to sit down and talk to me?" And I realize that he's not waiting around for much more than to talk to me, so I put the project I was working on aside and we had a little chat.

We sat down in the conference room and he was all "I just wanted to talk to you about some staffing decisions we've made lately."

Translation: "Let's chat about how you've been screwed."

"That thing with Carrie's job, well, you know that was just a fluke. It was was a complete fluke! But let me tell you, you were on the short list. We were considering changing the position a bit, but if we didn't, you were the short list. But, it was a fluke, the way..."

I interrupted and told him that I understood.

"And, that other job..."

I actually had no idea that he knew I applied for it.

"Originally, we were looking for an outside candidate."

Am not sure why there was an internal search. But, whatever.

"And we found someone, but that didn't work out. So we sort of altered the position a little bit. We decided to go in a different direction. More of a sales direction. We needed someone who could really sell."

I'd rather kill myself than be in sales, so, I must admit, this was a very effective way to convince me that the job was not a good fit.

"The other part of the job, the part that you would really fit, that part of the job that we gave to Carrie. It's just a part-time thing, you know."

I gritted my teeth. Smiled. Nodded.

"But, really, I just want you to know that you do a great job. We value your work. You're a great employee and you're a strong candidate for future internal searches."

So we can screw you over even more.

The end.

It was nice of him, I guess, to recognize that I have been repeatedly fucked over and take the time to talk to me about why it was that I was screwed. Consistantly and humiliatingly.

But I am still looking for a new job...

...50% of every work day.


Plantation said...

Yes, show him you're eager and interested. Follow up with a call which is even better than an email. Email him at minimum. And you shouldn't worry about it day-to-day. As mentioned HR decisions get lost in the shuffle of daily business as usual.

Lady said...

I'm all for the chase-him-up decision. Like PT says, work gets lost under the day-to-day shuffle. It shows that you're keen and eager, that it's not just one interview in a whole list of other ones that you don't really care if you hear about or not.

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