Post # 1
So I recently took a promotional exam for my job. We are civil service and we are required to take an exam for every job title we have here. Including when it’s for a promotion. Not just when you first get into the company. I have taken 3 tests since I started here in 2006 and I have scored on the A list each time and have moved up each time as well. Well, at the level im at now, things start to get really competitive since the higher you go the fewer positions there are with that title. Im right below the top tier so as you can imagine, everyone with my current title wants to make it to the top. Myself included. So the results came out for the most recent exam that I took. I made A list!!!! yay!!! big sigh of relief… BUT, I’m just so shocked at the behavior of those around me who also took the test.
I didn’t even know about it and I went into the cafeteria and a coworker from another section goes “congrats” and I said “oh thanks… but wait for what lol” and she said in a very snotty way “oh.. you made the A list” and then walked away quickly. I just stood there kind of awkwardly and the whole table she was sitting with was staring at me. And not in a nice way. So I came back to eat my lunch at my desk just because it was so awkward.
I looked at the whole list and the girls with my title in my own division did not make the A list. So now I just feel even more awkward. They are all sweet though and I know would never make me feel bad, it’s just an awkward situation. I have not in any way been smug or even celebrating because I feel weird about it now. They all know but only that one girl from another section said anything to me about it. I don’t need them to say anything, it’s not that, but it’s kind of like the elephant in the room ya know?
I guess im just venting, and sharing my news because I can’t really do that here and I really am super excited! I just don’t want to offend anyone or make them think im being obnoxious. I can’t wait to go home to DH. I texted him and he’s taking me out for a celebratory dinner tonight 🙂
Post # 3
Sooo… you work at a high school?
With high school girls?
I think you’re right – haters gonna hate.
Just shower them with kindnes, it’ll kill them!
ANYWAY I’m going to give you a BIG FAT PAT ON THE BACK and tell you how AWESOME YOU ARE.
If I worked with you, I’d offer to buy you a drink to celebrate AND I wouldn’t poison it! 😀
Post # 4
Congrats! Just ignore the haters and revel in your awesomeness! 🙂
Post # 5
Well, congratulations, first of all! Way to go! As far as your * jealous * co-workers – ignore them and be as friendly as always, they’ll probably get over it soon enough. Hope so, anyway.
Post # 6
Wow, they sound very petty and immature! Congrats to you! May the afternoon go by quickly so you can celebrate with your husband tonight!
Post # 7
CONGRATS!! That is so awesome. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for your hard work and accomplishments. I can see how it would be awkward, but jealousy can bring out the worst in people! Have fun at dinner!
Post # 8
@stardustintheeyes: First off CONGRATS!!! You are always going to have someone who is jealous and going to make life difficult. That shouldn’t take anything away from your achievement. I am sure that it was a very difficult test and for as competitive as it is you certainly should be allowed to celebrate it! YAY FOR YOU!! I wouldn’t worry about the co-workers. I am sure they will find something else to talk about by next week. Enjoy your accomplishment, you deserve it!
Post # 9
Ok first of all thanks so much for the positive words!!!! 😀 I needed them.
BUT, I got some more info and now have more insight into why that coworker acted like that. It’s still not right but I definitely get it more now after hearing the details.
Apparently her particular position is being upgraded to the next title up. the same title we just tested for. She is the one who requested it because she knew she didn’t want to leave her spot but she also wanted a promotion. So prematurely, she put in the request and got it approved. The only condition was that she make herself reachable on the list of candidates. Because of the rules regarding eligibility, she is not reachable based on her test scores. So basically now anyone in my category can take her job as of january first because she is no longer qualified since she will now be the wrong title. it was a risky move to make to put in the request without making the list first. either way, I guess she was really upset and that was right after the list came out. So it makes more sense now why she was the way she was.
It’s going to be really awkard around here for a while because there are 3 spots where that same thing happened. And they will be interviewing all A list people for those spots. The three who are in those spots will have to move to other areas where their title is appropriate. :
Post # 10
@stardustintheeyes: Congrats on making the list! I’m sure once all the dust settles, people will be a lot more at ease there. Best of luck 🙂
Post # 11
Congrats on your score! It sucks that others can be catty and jealous, but too bad for them. It’s not your fault if they didn’t score well. People can be so petty about things like that.
Post # 12
Though that does sound really freaking awkward!
Way to foster a positive enviornment, whatever company you work at!