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When the phone didn't ring in the morning, I knew I hadn't gotten the job. Erik (the regional bank manager I'd met earlier in the week) left it till after 4pm to break the news to me, though it wasn't altogether bad: I may not have gotten this job because of my having been deemed over-qualified, but he still believed I'd be an asset to the bank and he'd already put my name and cv, together with a personal recommendation, forward to the central organisation for a much meatier position that will become available in June/July. He then proceeded to fill me in on the particulars of the project on virtual channel banking, that this new job will be with, and offered me a job selling insurance to tide me over until the call from head office comes through. I said I'd think about the latter, but was definitely interested in the first, and we rang off on the most amicable of terms.

I was on my way to the Business Controller's house when I got the news. She'd invited a few of my old colleagues and the CEO round for a 6-course Polish feast with lots of booze as a thankyou and a farewell to me, and I must admit I had a splendid time even though I couldn't help feeling a bit sorry for C. who got an earful of complaints from a few of the assembled company with regards to The Biatch and his perceived support of her perceived wrong decisions, my sacking being just a case in point. He handled the onslaught well, but it made me feel slightly uncomfortable, as I believe it's better to persuade rather than force people to accept your points of view. Which meant that at one point, I actually ended up arguing for my own removal from the payroll! Anyway, by the time he left, he didn't seem to hold any of it against me, and with another earnest appeal for me to keep in touch, my second bank manager in a day took his leave of me.


( 12 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
May. 15th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
The upcoming job possibility sounds promising - and the Polish feat sounds excellent!
May. 15th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
The upcoming job possibility sounds promising

Yes, I'm very excited about it; and I'm enormously grateful for the massive goodwill I seem to be encountering from every quarter since this job search began.

the Polish feat sounds excellent

It was delicious! Lots of cabbage and mushrooms, but so delicately flavoured it was a real treat, and made me think opening a Polish restaurant would not be a bad idea for a new business, if G. ever wanted to leave the world of finance (which she won't).
May. 15th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
I am rooting for you. **shakes pompoms**

I would hate job hunting at my age, and I'm glad that you're so much younger than I am in your hunt. I know something fabulous will turn up for you.
May. 15th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
So much younger? I'll be 48 soon! Which doesn't bode well for me on paper, though the age concern does tend to go out the window as soon as prospective employers get to see me.
May. 15th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry you didn't get the position, but hooray for having made such a wonderful impression!
May. 15th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you didn't get the position

I'm not too unhappy about it; I'd only applied for it out of desperation for a job, any job, directly upon hearing my contract wouldn't be renewed, and it was only while I was being interviewed that I realised it probably wouldn't challenge me enough (though I was careful not to mention that!). I am happy though that apparently I made a good enough impression for my interviewer to put my name forward for an upcoming position very soon -- I may yet still end up working at this bank, but in a more senior position than the one that was on offer this week.
May. 15th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds promising anyway.
May. 15th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Encouraging, isn't it? Let's hope I don't lose my momentum now!
May. 16th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
I have only just caught up on your situation - how unfair! I am keeping my fingers crossed that the better new job comes your way.
May. 16th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! With everyone crossing their fingers for me all over the world, I'm sure I'll get another, better job soon.
May. 16th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Oh this sounds promising. It's a pity that your old CEO is unable to override your non-renewal. The more you post about it, the more it sounds to me like they let the wrong person go.
May. 16th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
The more you post about it, the more it sounds to me like they let the wrong person go.

They did, and they know it -- which in a way, makes the whole thing more difficult to swallow. While I'm grateful for all the emotional support I've received from the highest management level in particular, I'd be lying if I said their inability to act decisively hasn't caused some bitterness on my part (though I'm careful not to show it).
( 12 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
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