Well, I just got offered and accepted a position.
I start on Wednesday.
I'll report back how it's going after a week or so.
I will say this, it's 2.3 miles from my house, right in downtown.
I do feel very excited, but I want to see how this plays out.
Well, I'm glad I said above I want to see how this plays out, because it didn't.
This was to be a temp to perm thing, and I was there for a little more than 2 months.
I initially interviewed with 2 of the 4 people I was to report to, and met the other 2 as soon as I started.
One of them is the reason I'm gone. I'll call her Mary. I had an extremely brief initial meeting with her shortly after starting, less than 10 minutes. She was gone on vacation immediately after that for a week, then one day in the office, and was traveling for the rest of that week. So, first 2 weeks with 10 minutes contact. When she came back. I met w/ her again, briefly also, with not much more understanding of her personality (or hers of mine) After a few more brief encounters, she let me know when she'd need any assistance from me. I'd once or twice a week see her, but she never asked for anything when we would briefly talk.
So, at around day 45, I had a review with my main boss, and someone from HR, and was shocked (and I mean you could have literally knocked me over with a feather) to learn that Mary had said I was of no help to her, that I had handed in needed reports to her late by an entire business week, and that she had no need for me after my not being able to be timely.
Well. It was easy enough to prove I not only gave her the report in question on time, but in fact was one day early with it. She insisted (I guess thinking I was able to go back in time and send a back dated email to her with me saying "The reports on your desk"....one she never opened) I was late....then added in (she pulled this out of her ass) that I "lost a receipt" she gave me. When I tried to explain I'd never been given any receipts, I realized it made no difference what I said......I learned from others at that time that once Mary wanted to believe something, that was it.
The cherry on the sundae was a week later, on a Friday, when I was looking at one of my directors calendar, and saw an interview set up for my position!
I approached her and asked "This interview....this is for MY position?" After an initial surprise on her part, at least she had the courtesy of saying yes. But the horse was out of the barn as far as I was concerned. What, you were just going to keep me around until you found someone else? They didn't even tell the agency I was going through, but was going through someone else.
The worst part was the next week, as my agency would not release me from the position, and if I told them I wasn't going back, they would have considered that me quitting, and wouldn't ever refer me somewhere again. Before anyone thinks that's shitty of the agency, that's the way they all work. It's just the way it is.
I'd call the agency every morning to find out if they had discussed this with the company, starting on the 2nd day I started letting them know this situation was making me ill. It was, my stomach was in a knot, I had headaches, neck aches....and once my main supervisor realized that no, I wasn't happy just showing up day to day, but that obviously I had been looking for a permanent job, she just made things unpleasant.
Finally, last Wed, the agency and HR talked, and they released me that afternoon. I have to wonder if now I'm tainted goods in the eyes of this agency, and what the odds are they will find me something else.
Yeah, I'm signed up with other agencies of course, but they aren't in infinite supply.
Oh, in addition, as I started talking to others at the company, I've heard a lot of stories of "wanting to walk off"....."that manager's crazy".....basically it's wasn't what it looks like.
However, that doesn't help me from feeling worthless right now. I'm not usually like this, but with my husband going in for his surgery tomorrow, I'm just feeling down and stressed.