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Fired 'without warning', but within 90 days

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Last updated 15:00 06/12/2013

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The 90 day rule has its place if correctly used, but having been on the receiving end, I feel as if there needs to be more boxes to tick before an employer can simply let you go.

Like Sam Clemens, I was let go by a recruitment agency - probably a concern for clients that they can't even get their own recruitment process right.

The interview process had been great, I had made it clear I was more of an account manager (existing clients) than business development which they were fine with and we even discussed how my account management skills could be utilised. Over time, however, the cold calling/business development issue reared it's head and I was effectively told I needed to be working longer despite already doing 10-hour days, making in the vicinity of 40 calls a day.

The role that I signed up for had changed. Without any warning, I was taken into a room and told I was being let go with the reason "we don't think your heart is in it".

After spending seven years at another company I truly enjoyed working for, I had taken a punt to make a better living for my family, I had invested a great deal in the right clothes, a $100 per month phone plan subsidised by my new employer and left behind a secure income. The bottom dropped out of my world and for five months, I struggled with money worries (getting close to selling our modest house), depression and a completely shaken confidence which I still occasionally fight with.

Throughout the two and a half month period I was with the new employer, I constantly checked with my direct manager if I was on the right track and at no stage was I told anything other than that I was doing well and it would take a while to get the wheels moving. My manager didn't have my back and their manager obviously had no real idea of what the situation was.

It appears that a company can suggest you are there to be developed, but if you don't get instant results they suddenly turn tail and run instead of taking time to unearth what potential the new recruit has. In my two and a half months there I quickly placed two people, had two more on the go (all with employers who hadn't previously used us) and found three new employers for the business itself. I didn't take one day or leave nor one sick day.

Maybe I wasn't a fit for the company, maybe they simply didn't like something about me or maybe they just couldn't be bothered. Unfortunately, they also didn't take into account the human side of what it is to be an employer.


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