It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past.
Remember the letter-writer who realized she wasn’t very good at her job but knew her employer really liked her and was hoping there might be a way to make things work? Here’s the update.
My letter wasn’t an exciting one, and even when I sent it, I pretty much knew what you’d say. But it was helpful both to write it out, and to see your response, and the response of the commentators. I knew I had to leave, and that there really wasn’t any saving my job, despite the fact that I loved the company. And, no surprise, in August, I was put on a performance plan. I’d already begun looking for other jobs, even before I sent my letter to you in July, but I started looking in earnest after my letter ran. The week I was put on the performance plan, I had an interview, which actually led to a job offer! It was exciting, but I couldn’t accept because of the compensation package. I worried about that, since my performance plan gave me only 60 days to improve and I know how long it can take for a job search. Just after I turned down that offer, I applied for a state job, even though I wasn’t sure how I felt about the work, or really what it would entail. The compensation was good, however, and hey – it’s a state job! So I applied and figured I’d be weeded out and didn’t think too much of it. But they called! And I had a phone interview! And a couple weeks later I had an in-person interview, which included a little demo of what I’d be doing in the job, which was fun. And then I got an offer! Which I accepted! I started 3 weeks ago, and although I’ve mostly been in training, I’m enjoying it a lot. I hope it works out, but I think my confidence is shaken by my last job, so I feel a little jaded about it. The probationary period is a full year, but I am hopeful.
Interestingly, at my old job, my performance actually improved quite a bit! The day I handed in my resignation, my supervisor said she’d been planning to tell me that the performance plan was going to be extended another 30 days since my performance had improved significantly but wasn’t QUITE up to the standard it needed to be. She was not surprised at my resignation, and continued to be very kind and supportive until the end. After I told her where I was going and what I’d be doing, she even said she thought I’d do quite well at the new job, which was very nice to hear.
So that’s my update. Thanks again for answering my letter, and to the commentators who gave their 2 cents worth. All your advice was much appreciated!