But the excitement tapered off because with each passing day, I never heard from HR. Nothin’. Nada. Zip. When I logged in to my profile last week and checked the status of my application, it still said “received submission.” I thought I would’ve heard something, anything by now.
Last Thursday I finally got an update, but not through HR, rather, it was through the grapevine; I wasn’t interviewed because the hiring managers didn’t want to leave a hole in the current location where I work.
Now I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a stupid-ass reason not to interview someone. I plan on contacting HR tomorrow and finding out the status of this job. I think I’ve waited long enough for an answer.
I’ve been a bit discombobulated thinking about this the last few days; it just doesn’t make sense to me.
A little history: I’ve been at my job not quite seven months. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to work there was the boss. He was honest, maybe brutally so, but you knew where you stood with him.
Long story short, less than three months after I’d been there, he was gone and we were eventually told he was going to be replaced.
Enter the new boss.
From day one, my gut was off about him. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, really I did, but he did something in his first full week that made me see the kind of person he is. One of the maintenance staff walked in the office and asked a question. Boss turned to me and asked if I knew. I started to answer, then the boss rolled his eyes and turned his back to me and started talking to maintenance person again before I finished answering his question.
Yes, you read that right, he rolled his eyes at me. That simple non-verbal communication told me everything I needed to know about him. No, it wasn’t the only thing he’s said or done, but it was the most significant.
Maybe the first boss wasn’t the right one to be in charge, but he was a good human being who genuinely cared about us and in my book, he gets points for that. I think he was the exception, not the norm, in this company. I want the exception back, but I know it won’t happen; funny how I really liked going in to work every day when he was in charge.
So back to the job I applied for. I won’t lie, I’m not a big fan of unions, but right now, I wish I were part of one because I’d file a grievance. But I’m not and I can’t. Makes me wonder how many other employees in the company have had a similar experience.
For fun, I did a little searching on the topic and found this article called “Must HR Post Jobs Internally?” I went to the section about private sector jobs, as the company I work for is privately held, and I found this: “…employers do not have a legal obligation to post jobs internally - but their failure to do so will cause employee dissatisfaction, apathy, low morale, and a revolving door for employees heading out to new and better opportunities.”
I’m at a loss right now. I’ve even toyed with the idea of contacting a lawyer to see if it’s worth filing a complaint, if nothing else, just to ask a question.
I suppose you’re wondering why I’d consider talking to a lawyer about this since, maybe to you, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Maybe it’s not, but negative experiences have been accumulating from my last few jobs, here’s a sampling:
In each of these cases, I’ve said nothing and left the company. I’m not sure why, but this time feels different, I feel the need to say or do something.
Sure I could leave (yes, I’m looking, not too seriously yet), but I could run into same garbage at a new place. It’s a peculiar feeling – yes, I’m happy to be employed, but it would be nice to feel valued, too. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.