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Chronicles of a Job Hunter: The Beginning of the End
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Chronicles of a Job Hunter: Betrayal and the Reappearance of Mystery Girl


The world of unemployment is tough, and it looks like SavvySugar Community member littlemissjobhunter is experiencing the ultimate low. Her journey has been an emotional roller coaster, which I'm sure a lot of you can relate to. Read on to see what's in store for her now.

"Siempre hay una razón para sonreír" is a phrase I had come across one day and virtually has stuck with me since. It can literally be translated as "there is always something to smile about." In this turbulent period known as my life, the constant reminder or in English "every cloud has a silver lining" has kept me optimistic for a rather unpredictable and vacillating future.

Since my last post, (excuse the short hiatus as I had to re-structure life), I had been informed by my manager that the mysterious girl I had been filling in for would finally be returning from her "sick leave." Although her return did not seem shocking in itself, an overheard phone call between my manager and said girl did. Phrases like "have you gotten called back," and "the job market is tough right now" were murmured in-between the tiny cubicle dividers. The wheels of my brain began turning. So . . . essentially, mystery girl was on "sick leave" but also looking for a new job position in Los Angeles? I pinched myself to assure I was not dreaming.

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My mouth went agape. I felt utterly betrayed. Within the last three months, I had felt I developed a fairly amicable and even pleasant working environment with my manager but the omission of information felt deceitful and even treacherous. Time and time again I would ask her if she knew of "mystery girl's return" and each time, I was given the same response, "nobody knows." It was at this moment in time, I decided to take a stand for myself. I could no longer trust her with full faith and having my best interest at heart. I began reaching out to recruiters and contacts again hoping to stack up the end of this position with the beginning of another before mystery girl returned.

The treachery caused much indifference in the workplace. I no longer gave the full dedication to my job that I had once given, knowing my time there would be shortly coming to an end. Extra steps to prove my persistence, and diligence were scaled back and only the necessary means were made. I cannot agree and say this was the correct way to deal with the news, however, my mind became a cold stone blocked by pure betrayal and dishonesty. But, perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel and this step was the stepping stone for something greater and better out there. After all, siempre hay una razón para sonreír.

Until next time . . . signing off,

littlemissjobhunter

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 3 years 26 weeks
I totally relate to what you are going through. I feel like something like that is going on where I work. I was told one thing during the interview process, but am observing something quite different. It's good to keep your options open. The first 90 days of a job is important to see if there is a "fit" between you and your new employer. It's just as important for YOU to feel that it's the place for you, as it is for THEM to see if they want to retain you as an employee. It's always important to put your best foot forward. You never know what doors of opportunity it may open for you. Never burn bridges. However, you have to look out for your own personal interests! If you feel that the current workplace is not fostering honesty and integrity, you are better off looking elsewhere. Otherwise, you will always be dealing with an environment of distrust and uncertainty. Life is too short for such stress! Find an employer that you trust and "mesh" with. Good luck!!!
3 years 26 weeks
I know the exact feeling you're going through. My supervisors and colleagues acted from the get-go that once I came into the position, it can possibly convert from a contract to full, permanent position. So I busted my butt, going above and beyond in every work I did. One week before my end date, my supervisor posted our schedules on the time board...yea, that's how I found out that was my last week. No email, no direct conversation from my immediate boss...I got my notice of the end via a calendar. For that last week, I gave up and checked in and did the minimum work. Turns out after the entire experience, the contractor job was never set to go past 1 year, yet alone, being a contract to possible permanent job. Now, I'm 100% leary of all of my interviews of jobs. You never get one ounce of honesty about a job anymore.