Yes, THAT one, Shawn. 🙂
First, thank you to everyone who showed patience and support for me over the last couple of days while I settle into my “new” normal, shuffling my (even bigger) a$$ downtown to The Big Sh!tty for work. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. has its advantages and perks. Soon as I find any I’ll letcha know what they are.
So… Like I said, Tuesday was a momentous day for me, and as it turns out, it pealed into Wednesday like thunder.
Tuesday I got the permanent, very sweet job. I got it. It’s going to be doing something I’ve NEVER done before, and it’s going to mean praying day and night that I won’t fail. I can’t fail. I just can’t. So they knew there’s a little bit of a learning curve, and I have to shorten and flatten it as much as I can. Do I sound nervous? What do you think?
So, as soon as I found out – which happened in a phone call on Tuesday at about 4:54 p.m. – I called my recruiter, who placed me downtown doing tech writing stuff. Know what he says?
He says, “So, can you maybe delay your start date to the first of the year or even like mid-December?”
I laughed. Hard.
Then I noticed he wasn’t laughing. He was serious. WTF?! Are you kidding me?
So I clear my throat. “You want me to jeopardize the only full-time offer of employment I’ve had in the last EIGHT YEARS … for your little six-week project? which you keep telling me will go 90 days even when the client is saying ‘no it won’t’?”
“Well, no, I don’t mean ‘jeopardize’ it, but just—”
“What about just—”
“No. Nothin’ doin’. I’m taking it, just like I told you from the beginning I would take it, just like you KNEW I’d take it because I told you BEFORE I took this job I was looking for a permanent position. No. I can’t delay, stall, hem-haw, stutter or otherwise put off my answer. They don’t want me before the first week in December, and I’ll be there AS SOON AS THEY DO WANT me no matter WHAT else is happening. Get it?”
He laughed then. “Yeah, I get it. You’ve been honest and upfront the whole way, and I appreciate it. So don’t say anything to the client, all right? I’ll take care of all that. I’ll talk to them about it, see how they want to handle it.”
I guess he did that, because around quarter to two today I got a call on my cell from a very unhappy young recruiter. He told me he and the manager for whom I work was … well, let’s say he was unhappy and confused about why I’d even TAKE his project when I knew I had this in the pipeline (even though I didn’t), and they want to replace me right away with someone who’ll commit to the PROJECT, not some joker they had to wait two weeks for so he can turn in a two week notice and leave them in a … yada yada yada. You get it.
Here’s the truth: It’s the recruiter’s fault for asking me to keep the interview process I was going through a secret. They asked me not to tell the client I had a full-time job potential. They lied about the duration to shine me on and get me to take the project because they KNEW I wasn’t interested in doing it for six weeks. And he didn’t want to give the client the option to pass on me any time along the process. While I certainly found the young man to be a good and helpful recruiter, he sort of blew it not being honest and upfront – as he asked me to be with him – with me and the client.
Oh, but it gets better. I was to be sent my login information for the recruiting firm’s internal timekeeping system on Thursday – that’s today as you read this, O Intrepid Readers. And I was NEVER able to get into the client’s timekeeping system correctly because the hiring manager hadn’t worked everything out yet and hadn’t gotten back to me on what his project name was and such. So now I don’t have any time in their system or in the recruiting outfit’s system and I’ve spent my own money and time getting back and forth to a job that went nowhere, all because someone tried to play games and be dishonest.
So now, I don’t have to get up at 4:30 a.m. anymore. I’m into the project for 24 hours and I’m already getting the run-around about who’s going to pay my bill for those three days. I didn’t get up and go down there and blow $60 on a stupid train ticket for my health, for giggles or for sh!ts-‘n’-grins. SOMEone is going to pay me for my time at the agreed upon pay rate, and I’m VERY interested to learn who that someone will be and WHEN that bill will be paid.
In the meantime, I’m going to finish my SRLP and get my letter and background check authorization signed and sent to the awesome job place, and wonder what to do about the rest of this month and December, because the pay cycle from the awesome job looks to be MONTHLY.
Stay tuned, boys and girls. It’s getting bery interestink!
So, how y’all been?
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