I once worked for a company where, on a night of heavy celebration following some or other departmental feat (yes, it involved free flow of alcoholic beverages), I was offered a more senior position by my manager. I’d told him that I wanted to mull it over but accepted the next day. Returning to work that Monday, I was told by my HR manager that unfortunately we’d not followed the correct route and that the job spec had not even been finalised.
A few days later I received the job spec and was told (rather too smugly) I could apply if I qualified for the position. Of course I didn’t qualify – it was early days in my career, and I was still working towards my degree so it goes without saying that I didn’t apply. Though I was somewhat upset at my manager for the slight, my biggest issue was the way the company, and its HR manager, had (mis)managed the situation.
It was a mortifying experience, but I suppose one needs to go through a few mortifying experiences in your career in order to understand the industry and set down ground rules and non-negotiables for your personal career path. (more…)