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Learning the hard way and my story (sm)

Posted By: really feel for you on 2005-07-21
In Reply to: I can't believe what happened to me today - Kt

I didn't read all the posts below me, but I must agree with not quitting one job before landing and being even comfortable with the next.

I worked for a national and was VERY happy with everything except I had no benefits. So I sought another job and was offered one for significantly less per line, but I had benefits, mainly insurance which was a trade-off I was willing to accept.

Keep in mind, my current national offered basically no benefits for employees.

My new employer was enthusiastic about me coming aboard. I told him/her that the ONLY reason I was leaving my national was FOR the benefits and nothing else. I was happy with accounts, pay, personnel, etc. where I was.

Now, also keep in mind that I did NOT resign from my first position.

I spent the next weekend working for the new employer and making macros, etc. plus doing work for my national.

Tuesday morning I get a packet welcoming me to my national... the national I already worked for... what? Turns out my national bought out the company I had applied to, the one with the benefits, which meant that had I resigned, I would have been working for over 2 cents a line less and NO benefits still.

Talk about ethics? The "new" employer knew my situation, knew she/he was selling or had already sold his/her company to the national, but STILL let me apply and hire me, knowing I would be screwed big time. I was totally up front with him/her about WHY I was changing jobs. This devastated me to no end, but I was thankful that I had not quit my first job and I am still there (still shell shocked I guess LOL).

You just can't trust anyone.

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