Seven weeks ago, I was overjoyed to have a job after approximately three years of unemployment. I took a job that I wasn’t qualified for and presented great challenges. I was determined, and gave the job my best effort, but sometimes, best efforts are not good enough in the eyes of company management. Today, I lost that job I was so grateful to have, and worked so diligently for those seven weeks.
Honestly, I am not down or depressed, angry or upset at this turn of events. I performed to the best of my ability, but I also entered a situation where a department was in peril; I could not save the sinking ship. A terrible issue occurred in the company that may result in the loss of one of their biggest accounts. I did not play a part in what happened, but tried to be part of the solution. Unfortunately, too little, too late occurred, and I am again looking for a position.
Curiously, the parting was pleasant, and I was reassured that this was a business decision, translated into “you were the sacrificial lamb to show our customers we are making great strides in getting the situation under control.” Never mind I had put into place systems and spreadsheets that organized this troubled area. Never mind I put in long hours, and worked at home on the weekend to catch up on documentation for an upcoming ISO audit. It is all water under the bridge now, because tomorrow I will start to again look for a position.
The one factor in my favor is my self-confidence took a boost. I know I accomplished some strong team building and implemented some simple systems to get control over areas. People were trained, confident and went the extra yard to find solutions for their situations at work. I will miss these people, and wish them great success in all their endeavors.
Although I am not ecstatic at the necessity to find other employment, I will put the same determination and effort into finding a better position. True the challenge of age, length of unemployment prior to this seven-week job, exhausted unemployment and again short on money will be challenges to face, I am confident I will move beyond this moment in my lifetime and onto bigger and better things.
If life is a journey, I have to admit my journey has been full of potholes lately. I am not a quitter, nor will I moan and groan over this situation. I am very glad for the opportunity to test my abilities once more at team building, and just because the job wasn’t a perfect fit, do not mean there isn’t another job out there that is. My self-advice is to keep on truckin and like the little engine, “I know I can.”