I was blessed many years ago with a sister! She has always been my harshest critic but my greatest support system! Since last month she has not reminded me that I’m unemployed but encouraged me to explore other avenues and interests! I hope she knows just how much I love her and value our relationship! I also have other “sisters.” I joined a sorority while I was in college. Once you join, these women are sisters for life. The other night one of these wonderful ladies called to see how I was doing. She let me vent for over 2 hours without interrupting once! After the call she proceeded to perform a job search on my behalf on various sites plus send me job hunting and resume hints from different websites! Not very many people these days would put themselves out for others! Thank you my sister and I love you!
Last Friday we were expecting our second severance check…it was not received. One of my terminated co-workers reached out to me asking if I had plans to speak to Human Resources for a status update as this person had no intention of speaking to anyone at the former employer ever again. It was a matter of trust which had been irrevocably broken. Me, being the loud mouth that I am, became our little group’s spokesperson and sent an e-mail to HR. The HR director asked me if I was sure I was entitled to another check as she believed I was paid in one lump sum. How can that be when we were informed we would be paid bi-weekly plus I do believe I know how to balance my check book?!? Today I received a response from one of her underlings who asked me to please work with her in order to assure a smooth transition. Amazing! I gave this company 16 years of absolute loyalty! I had placed my trust and faith in my former director and the HR department only to discover that it was not warranted. A company such as this does not deserve unwavering loyalty. We were just cogs in a machine and when the parts wear out, they are replaced. Does anyone truly believe I will placidly work with them in the near future? If you do, I have a wonderful bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!
This past Saturday I decided to give the computer a rest and take myself out for the afternoon. I was absolutely craving ramen! I found a restaurant several towns over and was eager to give it a try. About 15 minutes after I was seated at a communal table, I noticed a couple walk in the door. The woman took a look around the restaurant and her eyes settled on yours truly. She immediately looked away and traded places with her companion so that her back was now to the dining room proper. Honey, you damn well know I spotted you and I realize you saw me. We knew each other from the previous employer and, not only that, she is the sister/cousin to the departmental snitch in my former department! She ignored me as she was escorted to her table; however, I did smile and say “Hello.” I do not believe she is deaf but the tilt of her nose will discern the change in weather better than the average individual.
I received my first rejection E-MAIL! How ironic! I had everything the post was looking for; however, the automated note stated I did not fit into their organization! No phone call to even see me…just an automated e-mail… Hopefully I’m still being considered for the other positions I’ve applied for. No news is good news!