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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A time for change.

I wasn't planning on quitting my job, I mean I was conventionally happy where I was at. Sure, there may have been a few things I would have liked to change, but doesn't everyone want to change something about their job?

Anyway, the long of the short of it is I was recruited by a competitor of mine, a company that is revered as number one in the industry. (Rhymes with "Ray.Tee. Horgan Face) I went through a few interviews and it turned out that they offered me the job. I wasn't really shocked...I mean, not to sound conceded or anything but the interviews went REALLY well and I just kind of knew...you know? But the offer was one I could not refuse and I accepted.

But the REAL shocker didn't come until I actually quit my other job this past Monday. My boss was truly shocked. He didn't see it coming and I let him know that I didn't either. The day proceeded with a few phone calls here and there asking me the resons why I was leaving and how much I think their business will be affected by my departure. It wasn't until the last phone call that I realized I made the right decision.

I answered the phone again and it was my boss and the first thing out of his mouth was "So, are you REALLY gone?"

"Yeah, pretty much."

"Well, Frank is pretty upset that you're leaving."

Realizing that the Frank he is talking about just happens to be the Frank who is the President of Sales, I wondered to myself , why would Frank care? People quit all the time!

"Really? Why is that?"

"Well, you know you were the number one rep in the company the last two months in a row."

"WHAT? I was WHAT?"

I didn't even know I was the number one rep. How sad is THAT? Don't you usually get some sort of pat on the back when you're the number one rep? Way to go Jen! Here's a gift card to go have a nice dinner on us, or here's a little extra bonus for doing a great job! Or even just a little bit of f'in recognition!

But, no, nothing like that.

The sad part is, Steph who happens to do the same thing I do for the same company out in California knew and left me this really funny message when she found out I quit.

It went something like.

"...My first reaction when I heard you had quit was to laugh hystarically because a). They must have given you a great offer, and b). You had the balls to quit while you were on top.

And that last thing...Having the balls to quit when I was on top (even though I didn't know I was one top)...Well, that makes me smile.

26 comments:

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Momentary Academic said...

Okay, Jenni. You have now acheived rockstar status. Awesome.

Just awesome!

liberalbanana said...

Well congrats on being #1 and then finding something even better! That's amazing! Now you're like #0 or something! Wait, no, that can't be right... Anyway, good luck at the new place!

art said...

Good luck at the new place. it sure sounds like the place you are leaving doesn't treat their employees very well at all; their loss. peace~art

flea said...

holy cow, are u superwomen or something, jeez, not only do you get a new job but your (or you were) the top dog at your old job, if i didn't like u so much i think i would be afraid of you, or at least severally jealous :P

Best of luck at the new job, i'm sure you'll kick ass, as that's just what you do

Blur said...

Good Work... It is always smart to see what else is out there. And leaving while on top is a great feeling. Good on you...

mark said...

That's the best way to go! Good for you and congrats on the new job -

Anonymous said...

You're number #1
you can do it!!!
you betta recognize!!

Barry said...

It is funny how people and companies dont know what that have (in you) until you are gone...didn't some one once say ...one of my finance managers told me that I was “The most beautiful bank rep that comes into his dealership”?

Not a surprise someone picked u uo

Ok - not meanin that in a sexist way... I think U get my drift..

Teri M. said...

They didn't tell you that you were #1? DUH, people... how about a little love? And I thought my old company sucked at the whole employee relationship thing. That so got an eye roll.
Congrats on your new job!

Amaya said...

Congratulations! Hopefully the new company will appreciate you.

mysterygirl! said...

Yeah, they were doing something wrong if you didn't know you were #1 twice in a row. Congrats on the good offer and new position! Yay!

amera hearts said...

that sucks they never told you. it might have motivated you more.

i'm motivated by gifts. it's so sad!

Steph said...

And did you know that every time Chris and Ryan finished at #1 Frank sent them giftcards or gift baskets? Bastard.
You so rock, Jen. And it is so sad that, on this side of the country, I knew you were #1 and you didn't. So when you were out here and I told you how stoked I was that you wre kicking ass, did you think I was just blowin' sunshine up your ass or something? ;) Sorry I wasn't more specific!
And everyone...she's being modest - the company that recruited her...most people in our field would give up their first born to work for them.
You're going to KICK ASS there, and you totally deserve it. Now I have to get out there even sooner, just so we can celebrate!!!

Aliecat said...

Let this be a lesson to them about recognizing their employees. Also, about Steph's comment, I think that's pretty shitty and sexist that they were recognized and you weren't. I'd bring that up in your exit interview (if they have such a thing there). Congrats on the new job!

heather k said...

Oh. My. Gawd. I'm so happy for you - congrats!!! Chrissy and I want to have dinner with you soon to celebrate - let me know!

BlackJack said...

Outstanding!

Go Jenni!

Roonie said...

Clearly you did the right thing by trusting your gut. Right on.

The Muse said...

Congrats, girl! It must be such a great feeling to be leaving on a high note, at least as far as (finally) finding out that you were doing so well!

PS - I have a job interview on Tuesday. I'm excited. Except for the part where it's at 8am.

As always... Rachael said...

big hi-five to you! (and shame on the former company for not letting you know how awesomely you were performing.)

mcBlogger said...

Congratulations of leaving and getting a new job. They searched you out, so I bet they will appreciate you. Very important. Way to go you !!!

Anonymous said...

conceited not conceded.

The Kept Woman said...

Totally roundabout way of finding you, but I'm here.

Congrats on the new job. I would think that you'd at least get an "atta girl" or a plaque or at least a new pen for being the top rep but what do I know.

Anonymous said...

who is the frickin' italian? that's funny. screw "the rock" life's short and your movin' on...

Bud said...

That's fantastic. Congrats! You deserve it. And you are so right to leave that place!

Sandra said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Ray Tee Horgan Face is lucky to get you. Let this be a lesson to the clowns that didn't bother to tell you you were number one. Harrumph.