RE: Bad Fit?

Subject: RE: Bad Fit?
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 14:45:19 -0600

> At 11:47 AM 02/01/2001 -0800, Maggie Secara wrote:
>...I was told on Monday, after a week on the job, that "it
>isn't working out" although no other details were forthcoming.

Odds are that they did you a huge favor. Be glad that you didn't have to
find that out the long, painful way. If a company is willing to treat an
employee the way they just treated you, wipe their carpet dust from your
shoes and don't look back.

On a related note, I once interviewed at a company looking for a writer.
During the interview, the fellow behind the desk almost immediately strayed
out of bounds into areas that are supposedly taboo during an interview, and
spent most of the rest of the time asking me about things that had nothing
to do with my qualifications or the position. I know I should have said
something on the spot, but I didn't. When I got home, I told my wife that if
they ever called and offered me a job, there was no way I would consider

And now, the rest of the story. This week in one of my evening classes, I
spoke with a woman who took the position at that company. She said it was
the most degrading and humiliating experience of her life. She wound up
spending much of her day doing secretarial work and refilling coffee cups
for everyone else in the office. On the rare occasion that she did write
something, they would rewrite and edit it so heavily that she wouldn't
recognize it. I wrote off the fact that she stayed for as long as a few
months to her youth and inexperience with life in the business world.

David Berg

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