View Full Version : You will not believe this... whats happened now in my odyssey with employment

01-26-2012, 01:59 AM
So, I had an interview at 9:30 today.

To get my paycheck from my old place, I had to turn in my keys, so I went in about 8 am and spent a while longer talking to HR who said she really wishes I had come in that day before I quit to talk to her, the COO, and the owner all at the same time. I told her all about the losing out on promotions 4 times and exactly what had happened with it and how.

Then I turned in my keys, and said goodbye to one of the Accountants that I'm work friends with (a very stubborn older foreign lady that it takes a while to get to know), and the HR lady (she gave me a hug and told me she'd miss me, and that she'd give me a fabulous reference if she's asked because it isn't right what happened to me).

I gathered whats left of my things, and left for the last time. My husband will go and pick up my check next week.

I went for my interview at 9:30. You know, the one I was so worried about.

She asked me a bunch of questions and really liked the answers, so called in the GM to meet with me too, and asked what wage I was looking for. I told her "between 10 and 12 an hour". Then she asked me to go sit in the cafe and she'd come to speak with me.

I wasn't there for two minutes before she came in with all the necessary paperwork to hire me. I filled it out and she asked me when I could start. I, thinking that maybe she wanted time to talk to the GM, said "Mondays good if it's good for you. That way its the beginning of the week and everyone fresh and ready to start going".

She said "How about right now".

I did a double take and said "Really?"

She said yes so I agreed and started immediately. From the time of the interview to the time I started the job was about an hour.

I spent all day on the front desk except for a few minutes that I was upstairs with the Revenue Reservations Manager.

I had a phone call about an Expedia reservation, and the Front Office Manager was hovering behind me listening just in case I needed him but I handled it like an old pro, and he said "Damn, you're good".

An old sales manager showed up to get her W2 that I used to work with at my old place. She said hi with a great big grin on her face. I told her that I quit my old place and she said "I know. I found out about 3 minutes ago after talking to *another old sales manager with alot of influence in this city and probably one of the sweetest people I've ever met*. Horrible loss for them. You were such a good employee too."

So, I am a Sales Assistant, and I help out in Reservations too. I've been working to get something like this for years. From the sounds of it, I will be working 9-5:30 Monday to Friday with maybe the occasional variation for $11 an hour, which means raise too (by about $2000).

And I have already been treated better than I ever was at my old place.

And get this, HR's new Admin Assistant started at the same time I did. I think I may have a new friend. That may not seem like a big deal, but I'm not from the US, and I get kind of lonely here sometimes. I love my husband, but I don't really have any friends of my own here save for a work friend at my old place of employment. All my friends and family are back in Canada.

I am exhausted. Down to the bone exhausted. The leg that I injured in that car accident in 2004 is hurting like hell, and my feet ache. But for the first time in a long time, I feel like I've accomplished something today. And I finally feel appreciated at a job, even if it is only the first day.

Strange, I was actually hoping to take more time off since I've been so emotionally burned for so long, and yet... opportunities like this don't occur every day. Seize the day and all that.

So my worries about having to reschedule last night? Totally unfounded and now I feel dumb for getting so incredibly upset and snapping off on my wonderful husband because I was mean to him last night and I should NEVER have acted that way.

Anyway, I'm going to go rest. I think I need it.

01-26-2012, 02:10 AM
That is AWESOME. Wonderful!! Congratulations!!

01-26-2012, 02:16 AM
Wow...Karma finally paid up. Good Job.

01-26-2012, 02:22 AM
That is some downright awesome news! I am so happy for you for getting out of the previous place and somewhere were it appears that they value good workers.

And I doubt that your husband will hold your snapping against you. He is well aware of what you have been through. :-)

01-26-2012, 02:47 AM

:D :D I'm SO happy for you!

01-26-2012, 03:30 AM
*happy dance*

01-26-2012, 04:16 AM
YAY! :grats: This is such great news!

01-26-2012, 04:50 AM
Congrats on the new job! :grats: :party:

Der Cute
01-26-2012, 04:54 AM
This..this is ...golden. Just...pure golden.

I wonder if another shoe will drop on Old Place. Then again, who gives a fuck!

01-26-2012, 04:55 AM
:grats: :super: :yourock: :highfive:

GREAT to hear!

You'll rock the new job!

And ain't it great to know your skills are valued? :)


Food Lady
01-26-2012, 06:22 AM
I'm so happy for you that it brings a tear to my eye. Seriously.

01-26-2012, 06:42 AM
*does the dance of joy*

Congrats!!! I am so happy things turned out well!!!

*goes off dancing*

01-26-2012, 07:08 AM
That is amazing! Congrats! I was getting kind of worried not seeing an update earlier, but I'm so glad that my worry was for nothing! :)

01-26-2012, 08:13 AM

Doing the HAPPY DANCE for you!!! Congrats!

01-26-2012, 01:17 PM
Congrats! I am so happy it worked out and you found a great job. Good luck and hope it continues as well as it started!

01-26-2012, 01:27 PM

You deserve a place that appreciates all the hard work you do!

01-26-2012, 06:10 PM
<happy WOOOO dance!>

Congrats girl, you seriously freaking deserve it. <BEEG HUG>

01-26-2012, 06:33 PM
Congratulations! That's amazing

01-26-2012, 07:24 PM

Geek King
01-26-2012, 07:40 PM
Congratulations! There is no revenge like success.

01-26-2012, 08:14 PM
Yay yay yay yay yay! AWESOMENESS! So happy for you :D

And here, ladies and gentlemen, we have a nugget of proof that Karma works! Now let's hope it hits in the other direction for all those SCs...

01-26-2012, 08:52 PM
Good for you. You deserve it :D

01-27-2012, 04:35 AM
Thank you all so much.

01-28-2012, 02:54 AM
*joins in the happy dancing* So awesome! Congrats!

01-29-2012, 02:21 AM
YAY! I'm so glad you got a new job quickly and they're treating you better!

01-29-2012, 04:56 AM
:grats: on the new job! You deserve a nice place to work, a place that appreciates you. :)

01-31-2012, 04:14 AM
I wonder if another shoe will drop on Old Place. Then again, who gives a fuck!

And here, ladies and gentlemen, we have a nugget of proof that Karma works! Now let's hope it hits in the other direction for all those SCs...

If Karma is working overtime, the shoe that drops on Old Place will be a work boot - belonging to Paul Bunyan.

01-31-2012, 01:28 PM
I think that other shoe is going to eliminate the Old Place within a year, but thats just me. They are trying to sell the largest hotel. That will leave them with about 120 rooms total. There will be an awful lot of people that lost their jobs, because I can tell you right now, that is NOT enough to keep paying these people.

01-31-2012, 03:00 PM
I am glad you've found something better. It's about time you found someplace where you're appreciated.

01-31-2012, 05:09 PM
Bravo on the step up!
But...a Canadian family? That's a huge step up from the Canadanian girlfriend, don't you think?

02-01-2012, 01:16 AM
lol. My husband and I have been together for almost 11 years. It's not that big a step. I moved to the US to be with my husband whose an American. We've been married 5 years (6 in June).

Today my new Revenue Manager told me that I'm catching on really fast, and he usually only has to tell me something once or twice and I get it. And a very big group account told me that he was told by the front desk that I'm the new Sales Manager (I'm not, I'm the Sales Assistant but they don't have a Sales Manager right now).

Now add to that that the Revenue Manager just told me that he's going to teach me to be a Sales Manager, and he's coaching me how to make rate calls, deal with the contracts, etc...

I think I finally finally might have gotten my break.

It's strange though, I've been feeling rather like an animal thats been kicked too many times. Even the smallest praise from them just means so much, yet I don't trust a word of it. I feel like I'm waiting for the hammer to drop on my head all the time. All of it is almost surreal.

I really need to get over that. But it has only been 5 days after all.

02-01-2012, 10:46 AM
Congratulations! You did a great job of finding a new one so quickly.

It kinda sounds like they're already gearing you up for a promotion. ;)

02-02-2012, 01:29 AM
Congrats! I'm sure it feels wonderful to have some validation that you are awesome and great at what you do.

Going from a really toxic environment like the one you were in can really color your perception of people so it is no surprise that you are a little paranoid right now. That will fade, just give it time.

02-02-2012, 06:53 AM
what fantastic news. congrats on the new job

02-03-2012, 06:33 PM
You will not believe this. The entire sales staff left right before i started tbis job. Now the revenue manager (who does everything here) is leaving to move to a new country. He has told the owners that i am bright and catch on quick and thst in a couple months they should make me a full sales manager with all the benefits of the position because he thinks i have a very bright future.

02-07-2012, 04:44 AM
You will not believe this. The entire sales staff left right before i started tbis job.
The sales staff of your new job? Hmm. That's a little odd.

02-08-2012, 02:05 AM
The sales staff of your new job? Hmm. That's a little odd.

Yeah, and I know why too. I talked to one of the front desk clerks who says that everyone leaves sooner or later. She's been there almost a year and has seen people just walk out, though she says the sales staff all left for different reasons (like much higher paying jobs elsewhere).

Really not good.

But at this moment, I don't really care. No one has been rude to me or anything. Frankly, I'm getting some fabulous training from the Revenue Manager who tends to tell me how great I am at least once a day (today he told a major account that I'm "awesome" in an email and copied me on it). Its going to suck when he leaves. The reason he's leaving is that his significant other got a job in China or he'd stay.

Honestly, even if I only last 6 months, I can add Sales Assistant to my resume, and possibly even Sales Manager if what the Revenue Manager has told the owners becomes a reality. Its a major jump in my title, and skills and I will walk away with alot more than I did the last job.

04-05-2012, 01:24 PM
Ok, so the newest developments...

The first is that my husband is being laid off. Tomorrow is his last day. And there is nothing out there in my industry. He's extremely upset, and so am I. This effectively cuts our money by more than half.

The second is that we have officially opened a business in hospitality consulting, revenue management, and office administration (called virtual assistant). But I've been so busy that its been hard to get our website up and running and now I don't know how we're going to fund advertisements and things. If we didn't have savings in the bank, we'd be totally screwed right now. But we are both sick to death of the way we get treated by other bosses, its time to be our own boss. On the plus side, he now has the time to do cold calling.

The third is that this job isn't working out to be what I thought it was. I have three times the amount of work than I did at the last job. Its so busy that I have no downtime at all. In fact, I'm so busy that my left hand twitches almost constantly uncontrollably whenever I'm sitting at a computer. My only saving grace is that my new sales manager is very cool. The owners of this new company are people that I want to smack. I was hired to be a Sales Assistant (a much better position), but I'm a Reservations Agent with the Sales Assistant title, which I've been trying to move away from. I'm almost as miserable here as I was at the other place.

And get this... my sister, nephew, and stepdad are coming to see me on Friday. This is their first time here, and I haven't seen them in a year and a half, and it was 3 years before that. I wanted to move my schedule so I come in early by an hour for the last two days of this week and stay till my regular time. That way I can take Monday off so I have three days to spend with my family who I have missed horribly. The owner told me "Your hours are your hours. We don't need you earlier. You can take the day off, but you won't get paid for it".

I want to cry. I'm so tired of being treated like dirt and taken advantage of every job I go to. The only job I've been ever treated with value at is my last job back in Canada. Right now, I want to quit and work on my own business, but we need money coming in from somewhere.

I got so burned by the last job that I haven't trusted this one since I started. Turns out I was right.

There's more but I've run out of time.

04-09-2012, 11:03 AM
I am sorry. You have my sympathy.

04-09-2012, 02:38 PM
So sorry to hear that, Moirae. /hugs/

04-10-2012, 05:46 AM
late to the party but very happy you have a great job!!

ETA - woops that will teach me to just read the OP!

Im sorry to hear it isn't going well :(

04-10-2012, 07:45 AM
Aww, I'm sorry your treatment went downhill.

04-11-2012, 08:12 PM
Thanks everyone.

Mini update is that my wonderful family left today. Had so much fun while they were here. My husband insisted tat I take last Monday of in spite if the money. I'm so tired there aren't words but it was so totally worth it.

Thing is that I have the beginnings of a cold. Good thing its so quiet today a work or Id probably have laryngitis by the end of the day and id be out of work till Monday or later. Hope it stays this way.

Probably from the tour through the swamp since I sarted to feel bad right after. It was so much fun.

Still though... all worth it.