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Following your gut instinct

Alternative title – why saying no thanks can actually be a good career move.

So last week I posted that I’d started a new contract role – yay! Wonderful! Hooray for me!

Well, it didn’t go so well.  Turns out that I wasn’t being proactive enough and there were various other bits and pieces the HR Manager said she wasn’t happy with so she wanted to pull the plug.  Contractually she’s completely within her rights to do this and I guess if she’s not feeling happy with the arrangement then best get in early.

The thing is I was in a job that while not exactly stimulating and exciting was in fact paying the bills and would have done so for another few weeks so I had to jump from one to the other very quickly. So I am feeling a tad ripped off.

But I guess the thing is I was quite surprised she hired me to begin with because we were obviously very different people – I’m pretty out going and, well, loud I guess, she seemed very reserved but then when I met the HR Advisor on the first day and found that she is a lot like me I figured it was a balance thing of hiring people who are very different from her to create balance in the team. (a very good plan in a lot of ways)

I did sort of wonder from the beginning how well we’d gel – turns out we didn’t.  If I’d actually gone with my gut instinct and thought ‘well we are very different people who most probably have very different ways of approaching things, maybe it’s best I don’t take this contract – something else will come along’ rather than just jumping up and down and saying ‘woohoo someone loves me I must take the job because they want me’.  You’d think as an HR person who deals with recruitment and people turning down roles for various reasons all the time I’d be quite happy to say ‘thanks but no thanks’.   Turns out no – I just want to be told I’m the most amazing HR Contractor ever in the history of the world.

Especially as I’ve been down that road before and I know where  it ends.  My last permanent job (or real job as my parents would say) wasn’t the right job for me and I knew it but a job is a job – especially at a time when I was struggling to find one – but part of the reason I contract is so I don’t end up in situations where I take on jobs that aren’t right.

Of course the thing that I think really annoys me is that the HR Manager didn’t come to me and talk to me about anything rather she left that to the recruitment consultant. Shouldn’t an HR Manager  be able to have a ‘this is what I think you need to do’ talk?   Ultimately it’s no great loss – the role wasn’t quite what I’d signed on for and I felt like they were giving me busy work from the start – I spent most of my time reconciling staff and contact lists which is the kind of thing I did back when I was a receptionist.  I don’t mind doing it at all but I didn’t see any more meaty tasks on the horizon either.

But onwards and upwards, Que Sera Sera and all that.  The next opportunity will present itself eventually.

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