Post # 1
OK, so I had a job over the summer with a company I really, really want to break into. The job ended a few weeks ago, but I was kept on to do assignments on an as-needed basis. I’m also applying for full-time positions within the company.
Well over the past few weeks, I made a series of silly mistakes. First off, a few weeks ago, I made a bigger mistake. I talked to the lower level supervisors the Monday after (the upper level managers were both out on vacation so I don’t know if they ever found out and how they reacted if they did) and they were sympathetic, said it was a completely understandable mistake. So I assumed it had all blown over. Then, I had to talk to one of them about my timecard because I had made an error in submitting some hours, it didn’t save and it took me a week to catch the error (when I logged in to enter the current weeks hours I noticed the previous weeks didn’t show up). So I had to submit my hours via email to that supervior and she had to email them to HR. THEN, I was finishing my expense report and we realized that a few months prior I was supposed to have paid the company back from a prior cash advance but no one ever asked me for a check so I assumed I just wrote one check at the end. Apparently Finance has to process every check seperately any way. So none of this stuff is a big deal but it’s a lot of little things that I’m worried made me look incompetant.
The reason I’m worried is because I haven’t heard anything from them in a few weeks. There was supposed to be work I had volunteered to help with this week but no one has gotten in touch with me. And, last week I had a phone interview for a job in a different department and they said they would let me know early this week and now it’s mid-week and I still haven’t heard back. Also, I applied for a job I would be really qualified for and made a fantastic case in my cover letter last Friday and I haven’t heard back.
Of course it could also be a slow period with all the people out on vacation plus there was a holiday but I’m getting scared that I ruined my reputation and am being blackballed. I’ve been staring at my phone and email for the past two days and nothing has come in.
Post # 3
@worldtraveler: It might be nothing–My husband routinely waits for 2-6 weeks to hear about promotions and new hires (he reccomends hires and promotions as part of his managerial job).
He’s actually up for a promotion. It’s been almost 5 weeks, and the TEN people that are up for the promotion STILL don’t know who’s been chosen!
Post # 4
@worldtraveler: you must have noooo idea how many times employees make mistakes on manual time/expense sheets!
You are definitely over-thinking. The cash advance reminder is account recievables issue, they should have reminded you.
Don’t worry! 🙂
Post # 5
Mistakes — if they cause extra work for other people — can hurt you. I am not going to lie to you about that.
On the bright side, hiring is saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalow. They give you a range which is not really dependable because they may be scheduling other candidates for interviews. I would give it at least 2 weeks after each interview. If you do not hear anything after that, you can try sending a follow up email. Good luck!
Post # 6
@BrandNewBride: Oh man they must be on edge!
@BellaDee: I’m glad to hear that those are fairly common mistakes!
@deetroitwhat: Thanks for not BSing me on that. What do you think the best course of recovery is? I want to show that I take mistakes seriously but I also don’t want to draw unnecessary attention if none of this stuff is an issue anyway.
Post # 7
@worldtraveler: It sounds like you already did the right thing. You owned up to the mistakes and corrected them. I started off as an admin asst as a temp at a big company. I had temped for months. My boss was extremely picky. Well, he was being impossible about his flights, and I finally found one through expedia that would work. He gets to his destination just fine. Well, on his way back, the chick at the counter told him to come back in a MONTH. Yeah, I picked the wrong day on the friggin calendar, and he was due to have dinner with his kids that night. He took a flight to a city 4 hours away & got a rental car to drive the rest of the way. HE GOT IN AN ACCIDENT IN THE RENTAL CAR.
I thought, for sure, I was a goner. All I could do was apologize profusely and own up to what happened and move forward being very cognizant of the details of what he was asking and what I was doing.
He ended up hiring me, and I enjoyed 7 successful years at that company.
Write your thank-you letters & wait patiently. If you want to ask about the extra work, I don’t see that as a problem. You could just shoot a note that you were excited about the project and looking forward to working on it & wondering when it will begin.
Post # 8
@deetroitwhat: Wow…that makes me feel better! I’m glad it worked out for you. I’ve heard lots of other stories about booking the boss’ travel incorrectly.