Back Where I Started

Last week I mentioned that my job search was picking up steam, and I was feeling much more confident about the process. Apparently, I spoke too soon! Just as quickly as things had started, everything came crashing to a halt.

This week I found myself right back where I started, with no job prospects, and tons of anxiety about my status at my current job. What happened? Honestly, I only vaguely know the answer to that. The last few months have been some of the weirdest I’ve ever had job searching!

For those of you who have missed out on my job searching mishaps: I’ve been casually searching for a new job for about a year now. Things heated up a few months ago when I interviewed with a company for a Payroll Accounting position, and was offered the job. Yay! The hiring manager asked me to think about it overnight . I followed up the next day and said I was very interested, I just needed more information. What information you ask? Well, they never told me about the benefits, and they left out that little detail about how much they were paying. I went back and forth for about a week with a woman from the company, me trying to delicately and politely push for information, her evading the questions. Mind you, I was told the position was mine; I don’t think it’s out of line to ask about the pay at that point! Finally she told me they had decided not to bring on anyone new, and would be trying to utilize people from other departments.

I had my reservations about working for that company anyways, so I can’t really say I was disappointed when the job offer disappeared. I had an interview scheduled with another company around the same time, but they cancelled the interview after deciding they wanted someone with more tax experience. Fine. Shortly after that, my boss began making recommendations for jobs I should apply for, under the guise of taking the next step in advancing my career.

I interviewed with a company I loved, but I didn’t get the position. The hiring manager told me I was one of their top choices, but they still had one more person to interview. Maybe that person was a better fit? But I also know that my boss talked to the hiring manager at an industry event before the decision was made. I don’t know what all they discussed, other than my boss confirming that I was one of the top candidates for the position.

A couple of weeks later, I was called in for an interview with our parent company’s parent company for an Assistant Controller position. The Controller called to inform me that I didn’t get the position, but only because they decided it would be better to hire someone who had a CPA. But they were very impressed with me, and were looking in to other promotional opportunities within the companies.

A couple of days later, I was asked to come in for an interview for a Project Accountant with our parent company. The interview seemed to go really well. I was barely out the door when  they called my boss to confirm that I was a good employee. Things were looking good.

That was last Friday. My boss made several snide comments about our parent company paying poorly, especially their female employees. I didn’t say anything; I would have preferred she not be involved in my job search, let alone discussing potential future salaries. First thing Monday morning she was rushing into my office, excited to share her newest gossip: Apparently our parent company was looking in to making me an offer, when they discovered that I was already making more than the person who previously held the position. So they were looking in to whether they could justify paying what I was making. It turns out, they couldn’t. I received the email this week that someone else had gotten the position. I kinda feel it’s inappropriate that I know who I make more than. And I wish that if salary was an issue, they would have discussed it with me, instead of with my boss. But, it is what it is.

So, I’m back at square one: Issues at my current job, and not a single new opportunity in sight! I have to admit to being a little down about watching so many opportunities slip through my hands. But I have to believe that something better is going to come my way. When one door closes, another one opens, right? I just have to get out there and put more effort into my search!

– Cindy W.

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