Thanks for giving me a kick in the right direction

Sep 26, 2009 | goals, Literally Efficient, work

I’m starting to believe the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason.”

The temp job I was offered a few weeks back had my job recruiter call me yesterday afternoon and tell me “I was a sweet girl, but it’s just not working out.”  Ugh.  Back to the drawing board.  Or rather, thanks for giving me a good swift kick in the ass in the direction of the chalkboard.  ‘Preciate it.

The recruiter I’ve been working with is actually really nice, and she felt terrible about giving me bad news on a Friday afternoon (when I was en route to a friend’s wedding, ha), but promised that she would help me a find a job, because “she’s confident I’m a good employee,” which I found some comfort in.  Of course I’m angry.  I feel like they didn’t give me much of a chance to thrive, but I was already feeling that something-isn’t-right-here rock in my stomach, and to be honest, I didn’t want to thrive there, anyway.  I could argue that I wasn’t working at peak performance because I have some serious shit emotionally that I’m working through, and was distracted.  That could be some of the reason, but I also hated that job from the get-go.  The people there weren’t friendly (could be because I was a temp, and they didn’t want to open up to me), and I didn’t feel they wanted me to be part of the team.  Plus, my supervisor micro-managed the hell out of me, and didn’t let me prove my worth.  (Sorry I didn’t stock the executive fridge to your liking, or whatever the hell the issue was.) So, eff them.

I’ve adopted a “Fuck you, lemons” attitude, and I’ll move on. 

This will prove to be a good thing, however, because I can now return to my work with Literally Efficient for a while.  I don’t know if getting laid off/fired/whatever it’s called when you’re asked not to return to a temp job enables you to collect unemployment, but if not, then I really have to figure out my next step, and quick.  I’m signing up to take the GACE tests in January, but that means I have to figure something out in the meantime, even if it includes the phrase, “would you like an extra shot in your drink today?


  1. Everything DOES happen for a reason – don’t worry, you’ll find something greater and a much better fit to your fabulous-ness!

  2. my game plan: the holiday season is fast approaching, so even if i have to work two retail jobs, that’ll be fine by me. hopefully at the start of the new year more “real” jobs will be hiring. (from one unemployed atlantian to another!)

  3. I have one of my oh-so-brilliant out of the box suggestions: take the teaching exams, ace them, then come to Cali for an extended literary vacation – it’s magical here! 🙂

    You were too good for that silly company anyway.

    Tattooed One

  4. Amen to Connie!

    I’m so happy you’re joining me on the GACE journey! We can do this, Ashley. We both know we have far more to offer than just being stuck in Corporate America. It’s great for some, but not for us.

    I honestly think I’ve suffocated in the past year and a half with stupid sales goals, endless bullshit training, and ridiculous expectations in a unstable economy. I can’t wait to have a job where I can actually breathe and feel alive.

    In the meantime, I highly recommend you consider Starbucks or any local coffee shop for income until you get your bearings on what the next step is. Sure, it’s food service but environments like that still breed dreams and creativity, so take it all in. 🙂

    Love you bunches!