22.2.06

I can’t believe this is happening to me……

This morning, I felt like I was waking up from a very bad dream. But it was all real, and the events of yesterday have knocked me for six, I'm angry, confused and most importantly effectively unemployed. What was meant to be the week before I started my dream job has turned into an almighty nightmare.

Yesterday was my first day at work after my holiday. Friday was meant to be my last day at work, and I was meant to start my new job on Monday. Around 10am, I got a phone call from the new company, and they said that my references had come back unsatisfactory, and they had decided to retract their offer of employment. I have since spoken to all my references, and they all insist they gave me good references, all of them were being careful not to give 'perfect' references, and when asked what they thought my weaknesses were, they all put down different things. However, it was decided that based on these criticisms, and some 'concerns' voiced by my current boss, they didn't think I would be able to cope with my new job.

Right now, I'm so angry. The problem is I don't know who to be angry at. While my boss' reference wasn't exactly glowing, it wasn't that bad, and to be fair, he's called the company to explain some statements he made, and to tell them that he doesn't see why I shouldn't be given the job. So is it really the references? I was interviewed before most of the other candidates, but they gave me an offer early because they knew I had done a few interviews, and were keen to make sure I picked them. So maybe they found someone else and were looking for a reason to get rid of me? Why they had to wait until I'd turned down a few job offers, and resigned my job I don't know.

Anyway, I'm at home now, the whole prospect of looking for work is depressing. While I handpicked all the job vacancies I applied to, and turned down offers if I felt they weren't right for me, I no longer have that luxury. I have bills to pay and a pregnant wife to support, so I Can't afford to be out of work for too long.

What I might decide to do is to find contract employment until the baby comes, and when it all settles down, look for a permanent job. But I need to sit down and decide what I want to do, and find a way forward as soon as possible.

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