Ever had one of those things happen that just seems too surreal to be real life? I just had my latest one this week and it's the sort of anecdote I wouldn't be surprised seeing compressed to three panels by someone like Scott Adams.
The Story so Far:
I quit my job in property management working on the beachfront on the sunshine coast because the pay wasn't up to what I felt I was worth, and I didn't see any real room to move within the company.
The position I was leaving for was in a relatively new Internet based Business Directory business as an Account manager. All well and good, the new company seemed really desirable on paper and in the interviews I had. Unfortunately as is often the case there were some differences between what I had been told and what was.
I had traded in a 3 minute drive to one of the best beaches in the country (or a 30 minute walk) where I got to do thankless administration work for a hour and forty five minute commute to a job where I would get to harass business owners in the hopes of getting more business so I didn't have to live off the small retainer.
After two days of stress and a lack of training or orientation I was thrown in the deep end. While I was fantasizing about being anywhere but there I ran the numbers and worked out how it was almost impossible to hit target and make the same as I did at my previous job.
On the morning of my third day with the new company I called one of my co-workers from the old company, she asked how it was all going and I told her. At this point I'd happily go crawling back to the old job.
A few minutes later I got a call from the boss from my old job, letting me know she heard that I wasn't happy with the new one, after a brief chat she let me know she wanted me back, as I said I'd have been happy to crawl back at this point, but I played it cool and pushed for more money. She tried to fob me off so I told her there were two stumbling blocks to me coming back; Pride and the money, and that I'd swallow one if the other was on the table. She said she'd look into it.
About 15 minutes later she came back with a better offer...
So I start my New old job on Tuesday with a higher rate of pay plus a reassessment in six months with a probable promotion and raise. But I can't tell anyone at work about my new arrangement, for obvious reasons so it feels good to tell the story.
Anyone else have one of those weird moments to share?