Friday, February 18, 2011

Passed Over

As a rule, I don't blog about work stuff but this week has sort of sucked so I thought I would share.  There is a huge upside to my job:  I get to work from home.  So I can be a stay at home mom and work full time.  Okay being a stay at home mom isn't as cool with a 16 year old as it would have been when he was six but it is still a huge blessing. Sometimes working at home can be a little boring because the social aspect isn't there but my job is pretty solitary anyway.  When I was driving to the office everyday, I rarely spoke with anyone because I was the only person in the building who does what I do and my boss is halfway across the country. 

The down side to my job:  No matter how much effort I put into being the best I can be at my job, mentoring and training my fellow employees, accepting any new challenge that comes my way, and taking the time to train myself on whatever it is I don't know - I have not been able to get bumped up into the next pay grade.  My former boss tried to get HR to bump be up - FAIL.  My current boss has tried - FAIL.  So a couple of weeks ago when an employee in my group left the company, a spot opened up in the higher pay grade.  At the encouragement of my boss, I applied.  Same job, same responsibilities, higher pay.  Sounds great.  I aced my interview.  I have all of the qualifications.  But when it came right down to it, I was passed over.  

I have to admit, the woman who was offered the position is more qualified and deserves it for the additional amount of work she does beyond what our job descriptions entail.   While I am upset at being passed over, I am  proud of myself for trying.  Maybe the next one will be mine. 



just call me jo said...

I'm sure you are going to be rewarded for your talents in the future. Work politics slay me even if it is work from home. I never do well in competitions. I tend to bulk up and show my contrary side (as if there is another side.)

Cynthia said...

I'm sorry. It sucks. Greg is going through some of this right now too. He's been denied twice. He's even the 'Superhero' right now on a big project but it doesn't seem to be enough. In both openings he applied for, the people they hired only stayed a short time with the company then left. He would have been a better investment but it appears he's in a dead-end job.

As you said, at least you have tried. It takes guts to put yourself out there and I'm proud of you for trying!