- 2 years ago
- Wedding: September 2017
I’m the LEAST confrontational person on EARTH. There’s nothing more that I hate- it makes me sick to my stomach.
I started a temp job three weeks ago. I think I’ve let it go too far but I don’t know what to do. Essentially, an acquaintance reached out to me as she had resigned from her (full-time) job for a larger opportunity elsewhere. The company is a large retailer and is a household name. The company runs very lean; so she had no backup to do her job. She took a brief vacation and starts at her new company this Thursday.
I’ve been unemployed for a few months and also happen to own a marketing consulting LLC (opened it years ago and haven’t done anything with it besides one project when I initially opened it). She reached out to me a 3 weeks ago and asked if I’d be interested in being trained and doing her job temporarily. She asked what my freelance rate is and said that her boss agreed to the rate. She gave me a very glamorous description of the job that does not really match the job duties whatsoever. However, I was having a hard time getting interviews and figured I might as well keep my mind active and make a bit of money.
She trained me for four days and then left. The job has a HUGE learning curve and is mainly signage order/data entry and proofing. However, there is a ton to be learned as they have 22 different price tiers and their stores are laid out very differently by region etc. They do everything manually.
Apparently, she gave them close to a month’s notice and they had a recruiter immediately post the job. However, the recruiter’s JD was very accurate and fair (describing it as a proofreading/database job vs. the “marketing project manager” JD that I was provided) and apparently…the recruiter only received two applicants. Womp, womp.
I think she was getting close to her last day on the job and was starting to panic that they couldn’t find someone immediately, so she reached out to me with a glamorized version of the JD knowing that I was unemployed and available immediately (had I seen the “real” JD, I wouldn’t have considered it – even as a temp).
I’ve been at the company for close to three weeks and I’m drowning. I was barely trained, and there were numerous outstanding projects that she never told me about. People are coming to me with questions and I don’t even know where to start. She also made a “transition document” that I had over a dozen questions on. I provided her my questions a day before she left, but she “never got around” to answering them.
People at the company are giving me a VERY hard time. I am trying my absolute best, but I am truly drowning with no lifeboat. This position’s boss was on vacation on my first week although she was in last week. She has not spoken to me once. I attempted to schedule a meeting with her, but she was too busy to do so (apparently she doesn’t care much for this job as long as it’s done correctly).
Since leaving, my acquaintance understandably dropped off the face of the Earth for awhile. We got through last week without bothering her; however, this week we did have a few questions for her (SHE agreed to stay on for 5 hours/week virtually until the end of August). I sent her a “preliminary draft” of a document I was working on and asked for feedback, particularly since she never answered my questions pertaining to the transition.
When she responded, she decided to copy her boss (who has nothing to do with this project) simply listing all of the mistakes I made that I shouldn’t have made “per the transition document” (OH, THE DOCUMENT WHERE I HAD NUMEROUS QUESTIONS BUT YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO ANSWER?)
I’ve also finally (!!!) landed several interviews. I want to focus my time and energy on interviewing and leave this ill-fitting temp job behind. However, if I leave they have no one else to do the job. I understand that this isn’t my problem, but I feel bad. I’ve also potentially burned a bridge with my acquaintance, although the more I think about the situation the more I realize she probably waasn’t trying to help ME as much as she was trying to have someone in her position and trained so she wouldn’t be bothered with questions (they REALLY guilt-tripped her when she resigned that she was leaving them in a bad place etc.)
I just find it SO weird that no one has spoken to me about the conditions of the job- I have no contract (I’ve just been submitting invoices and still have yet to get paid; althoguh I can’t imagine a huge company woudl “stiff” me) or agreement. I also have no idea what this job would pay full-time, although I’m fairly certain it’s around a 20k pay cut from my previous job…but I never said I was interested in the job full-time.
Needless to say, I NEED to communicate to the boss (even if she “doesn’t have time” for me) that this isn’t a fit for me, I NEED to gain clarity on what they were thinking (again, this was only ever described to me as a “temp” job- not temp to hire, not contract, etc.)
If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I suppose I just need to determine my next move. I honestly detest confrontation so this is incredibly uncomfortable for me.
What would you do if you were in my situation? I also have several interviews this week that I need to be able to go on. Granted, I do have a laptop and VPN access, so I could help them out from home if needed.