Thursday, November 19, 2009

Not that Show

You know that show on VH1 "Best Week Ever?"  My week does not qualify!  I'll forewarn you that this is a rather ranting/raging post, so feel free to just speed read to the end...or even ignore, that would befit my week!

Remember how last week I found out that my position was being realigned?  Well, my department was hiring a manager for that new team I will be on.  And, the job was only posted internal to my department.  The manager job is so "me."  It's everything I've been aspiring to...a very exciting opportunity.  A few minor details, however.  1)  The VP had already started giving many of the parts of the new job to another manager in the department (while still preaching that everyone has an equal shot). 2) Privately, I can't help but wonder if it's not really six months to a year to early for me, experience-wise, anyway.

So, I had decided that I was not going to apply.  I would just be a happy player on New Manager's bench until the next great opportunity came along, but then I would be ready.  Easy enough.  Made great sense.  And then, yet another person (about the fourth) asked me if I was going to apply. And, my director said that they had made a special exception on the 1-year at the company rule so that I could apply.  Then, my family really started encouraging me to apply.  All the while, I knew the score.  I was applying for a losing battle.  Nonetheless, I was stupid brave enough to apply.

And, every day since I applied and the position closed on Monday has been more and more reminders of why I have no chance.  The VP has continued to give her new tasks that our on the New Manager's list of tasks.  How can I possibly compete with someone who is already doing the job?  And, why on earth do the act like everyone has a fair shot at it when clearly we/I don't?  I feel like the employee relations fall girl...the "check the box," we had two people apply so that it didn't just look like we were giving the to a specific person.  Oh, and the best part is that part of New Manager's role is to be the spokesperson for the department.  The other candidate, the one they've all but promised it to, is the most negative, close-minded, cynical person in the whole department.  Perfect for a spokeswoman, don't you think?

So, I'm busy working away on a strategic plan for the new department, that I won't be leading, for the interview tomorrow.  I'll likely still be working on that tonight before the interview tomorrow.  Two months ago, a friend and I bought tickets to see Twilight tonight.  Looks like no more Twilight for me...

And, to top it all off...the cherry on top of this ridiculously awful week?  BFF posted this to FB today:

Shout out to all the new mommies around me! Dianne, Bryn, Katie and Jennie! And those to come! Michelle, Leann, Josie and Sasha! Looking forward to some great memories :-)

Maybe it's just the incredibly foul mood I'm in (think the fact that I'm on CD4 might have something to do with that), but that post strikes me as ridiculous.  Or maybe it's just that I can't relate to what it must be like to be pregnant and surrounded by wonderfully happy pregnant and/or new moms.

Is this week over yet?  I think I'm about to start waving the white flag on this week...

8 comments:

lowfatlady said...

Don't count yourself out yet. You can't get it unless you apply. I am really glad you did apply. You still might get it, you just have to wait and see. I'm sorry about your friend's post that would bother me too.

One Who Understands said...

(((HUGS))) Don’t get too down just yet. It sounds to me like you would be great for the job. I'm sure everyone else can see that too. Rooting for you!!

Yes, the post on FB is completely uncalled for. I am pissed for you! Although I am CD1 so I may just be a bit moody. :)

Jem said...

Even if you don't get the job, it is very important for leadership in your organization to know you are interested in moving up. How can they know if you don't tell them, if you don't try? It can also shift their perception of you and they may give you more responsibilities that WILL get you ready for the next step in your career.

Best of luck.

P.S. a big Bronx Cheer to your BFF's FB post! Who need needs that?

Suzy said...

So sorry you're having a rough week. Ike and I both are too! At least it's a look week next week.

Hope the preparation tonight and tomorrow goes well!

Illanare said...

I am sorry for your hard week - and particularly for the lovely FB experience... Hugs.

JC said...

Well it's almost over, only 1 more day. Good luck with the interview tomorrow, it sounds like you're very qualified even if you think the other person will get it...it's a good think you applied, you never know. I'm sorry about the FB post, that sucks! I would feel bad too. ((hugs))

Marla.z said...

It's too bad that you had to miss a movie that you already paid to see to prep for an interview for a job you're not going to get, no matter how hard you try. =(

Fran said...

hi Lin, here from ICLW, I was glued to the post until the end and hoping for an update on the interview! I hope things will be different from how you imagine them though.
The post on FB was indeed ridiculous, and tactless to say the least. Sending you hugs, Fran

ICLW

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