OT: Sad day......the contract is gone......

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OT: Sad day......the contract is gone......
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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 4:35pm

Hi,

Well I am back in the land of the unemployed (again)...........oh boy.........I explained that I accepted a six month contract and it turns out that they had used a mat leave position in marketing to get extra admin support so I was actually an admin.......

I did go to HR fairly early on, as they had given me an accountability statement to sign with marketing related tasks and that didn't sit well with me.  They gave me a new accountability statement......

Soo.......quite a stressful working environment (not the work itself, although there wasn't much of it)........just rampant gossip among the admins.  There was so much innuendo going on that a week or so ago I went to HR (again), just to discuss my options regarding the contract (e.g. would I be eligible to apply for other positions in the company, etc. - turns out that because it was only 6 months, the answer was no).

Anyhow, I won't go into details but I definitely pissed someone off by doing this (the person who hired me......who really shouldn't have......she was an executive admin)........and yesterday I got the old "we're ending this contract early" speech and was walked out........

Hmm!! Onwards and upwards......I'm sure things will work out but it's hard to get over that feeling of getting "walked out" (although I was technically laid off).

I think I am going to try and set my mind this time on hitting the gym pretty hard.......that is after today (sitting on the couch watching daytime tv, feeling sorry for myself day)....lol

Mel

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Sat, 06-15-2013 - 7:25am

I'm a full time student.  I've been house/pet sitting on the side.  Luckily, my sister lives in an afluent area and has had lots of good contacts for me.  If it weren't for her, I don't think I'd have been able to keep my head above water.  Clinicals start in a month thank goodness.  Hopefully, I will be working as a full-time MA by August ;)

Yep, I did admin work for 15 years.  Couldn't do it anymore.  'Hope you're able to find something in your field that you are passionate about this time around!

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Fri, 06-14-2013 - 12:31pm

Hey Music,

Thanks for your response.  That sucks about you getting fired that one time - you seem like a very dilligent person so I can't see how they could justify that.  Definitely sounds like they wanted someone who could work longer hours - it must be hard when it's because of a child, etc......you weren't leaving to go sit on a patio or anything.......

Well I guess in this scenario I felt like there were a lot of surprises.......when I had orientation (company wide, for all the new hires) there were all kinds of great benefits available, however, the caveat was that you had to be on at least a one year contract or be permanent.  I went into the role (obviously) hoping for a full time role, but it wasn't until I investigated that I learned that 'corporate policy' dictated that people in contracts less than one year could not apply internally for other roles.  I am complaining here, but I feel that had that been explained to me upfront I might have gone into it with different expectations (or not gone into at all).

Very corporate and I don't think they liked being usurped by someone in the lower ranks asking around about things.....and the reason I inquired was because it was clear, almost from the beginning, that the person to whom I was assigned did not need a full time executive admin.

Just have to get over it I guess.......I am off shortly to meet with my employment counsellor to discuss how to position myself moving forward......but I do agree......job hunting is a pain in the neck......thinking I am almost a 'professional job seeker' at this point......lol......

Cheers,

M

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Fri, 06-14-2013 - 11:48am

I don't see why being hired as a temp should prevent you from applying for a permanent position with the company but since it doesn't sound like a great working environment (like your actual job duties were different than what you had been told)it doesn't sound like a great place anyway.  I was actually fired once and it came as a huge shock--it's not like I did anything wrong or made any big mistakes.  I don't know why they didn't like me but I really feel it was discrimination. I worked at this small law firm and they made a big deal about being family friendly, which is what I was looking for since my DD was 2 at the time--well I had to leave on time every night to pick her up from daycare and I think they held that against me.  But the person they hired to replace me only lasted 2 months and then they fired her--then they hired a man.  But I think the karma bus ran them over later cause it was a partnership of 2 guys and they broke up a few years later.

But hang in there--looking for a job is such a pain in the neck.  I hope you find something you like better soon.

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Fri, 06-14-2013 - 9:49am

Hey Cfk,

Thanks for your response.......you've always had good insight regarding my various job situations......... :)

Good for you having never been fired.......I was technically laid off, but it sure felt like a firing.......boo........

What is it that you do now? I know you'd mentioned having to cover reception as well.......

Cheers,

Mel

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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 9:48pm

I was asked to resign from a job once, and it had been quite long term.  I think it's because the economy had tanked and I had been there so long, I was making too much money to be in the type of position I was in . . . I was beyond burned out so it was welcomed but my ego kicked in and I resigned instead of making them fire me(I had never been fired).  Had they fired me, they would have had to pay unemployment.  Lesson learned.  Anyway, it hurt even though I was ready to leave.  This situation is different, but either way, it stinks being out of a regular paycheck.  You seem to have a good attitude about it so, best of luck finding the perfect fit!