Employment Guidance

I was let go from my job today. I was working in retail. The company decided to make the decision on whom to keep based on one metric—opening store credit accounts. New hires had 12 weeks to open 12. In that time I opened 9, that’s 3 short. I opened those 3 this week, but it was after the deadline. The rest of the things they expected, attendance, sales, teamwork, customer service, learning the register and reservation systems, didn’t matter if you didn’t open 12 instant credit accounts.

The store manager said he tried to let me stay on, but corporate HR wouldn’t budge. Apparently they were concerned that if they let me stay they would have to let other associates (who were steadily improving but just not quickly enough darn it) stay. Somewhere, Catbert is laughing, or purring, or coughing up a hairball.

My friends at work understand that this decision is short-sighted to say the least. Two managers said they would be glad to give me references. The store manager offered to let me finish out the week, but for some reason I just wasn’t so eager to help out anymore. (Maybe that’s my bad?) The last customer I spoke to on the phone said she had never had anyone so helpful in all her years of shopping at the store. She plans to let them know that. Even so, I don’t expect they’ll let me march in their annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City! (Oops! Did I give the company away?)

I would appreciate your prayers. I’m not the best at bouncing back form such things. Today, August 10th, is the feast of St. Lawrence, a 3rd century deacon and martyr. Hmm, OK, that’s a challenge! When I was reading the Liturgy of the Hours for tonight a couple of pages stuck together and I found myself reading the passage for Saturday morning, Philippians 3:7-10. It was a God-thing.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

You have my prayers, it is never easy to be “let go” of a job. I’m sure you are a wonderful person and God will guide you to the right job.

I am sorry you lost your means of employment over something you consider trivial, but maybe it is for God’s work that you are intended. I am not saying for you to be a preacher, priest, brother, deacon, etc. Just let God guide you. I will pray for you

Praying hard for you Brian. :signofcross:

Dear Brian…when undergoing suffering it can be very difficult to impossible to realize that happy times and stable times will come again. May you remain under the guidance and guardianship, inspiration of The Holy Spirit and may He strengthen you at this time…

You have my prayers…

Praying for you. :gopray:

Praying for you.

I will be praying for you. God is faithful.

(I am in a similar situation.)

Wow! I am so sorry to hear about your job situation. I will pray that better things come your way. :crossrc:

God bless,



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