11 October 2006

Petty, Small

I applied for a new job a couple of weeks ago. Can't remember if I blogged about that or not. In any case, it sounded great. A manageable step up in responsibility, small company, easy commute, a slightly different and more interesting focus than my current position. I was not a perfect candidate, but I felt like I was a strong contender.

I didn't get the job. That, in an of itself, was not so hard to take. I don't expect to apply for one job and have that turn out to be the one I get.

What smarts is that the job went to a current coworker of mine who is less qualified. Her degree is slightly more relevant, but in terms of time spent in the trenches and directly applicable skills, she's a few years behind me. Sigh.

I'm still smarting for getting passed over for an obvious promotion right before I went on leave. And now I have to put on the happy, cheery face for my coworker when really I'm feeling somewhat petty and small.

Welcome back to office politics, right?


bg's Little Sis said...

I missed out/lost a promotion when I had my second child, HR head said a bunch of bunk as to why, HR secretary told me the inside skinny, they thought I wouldn't want to continue working after my second child so wanted to make it easier if I indeed quit. I got a better job a year later somewhere else for nearly double the pay, yeha!

Yankee, Transferred said...

Good for you for putting on the happy face for your coworker. I'm sorry about all of it, since I have the suspicion (as I'm sure you do) that the babies figured into the hiring equation, especially in the one at your current job. But look how cute they are!