Well with the wonderful economy in Michigan right now my husband has been laid off for quite sometime and unable to find work. The retailer I've worked for part time for several years posted a job opening for a full time position -which means health benefits, something which is extremely important for us considering my health problems.
The posting was for being in charge of one of the smaller departments -putting out stock, arranging displays, maintaining them ect. One of the managers actually approached me and asked me if it was something I would consider. I decided since my husband's employment search hasn't been going well - I would apply, even though working full time was not something I'd ever think I'd do again. Unemployment won't last for ever and Cobra isn't going to either.
I interviewed for it yesterday. Sometime after my interview was over (I was scheduled to work that day) I was called back to the office and told I got the position...but it will be different than what I expected. Apparently several people from my store applied for the position. They decided to make some changes and move people around. A woman who is in charge of a much larger department has had poor performance lately. (I've been aware of the managements displeasure about this for sometime even though professionally I probably should not have been made aware of it.) They have decided to move her to the smaller department I applied for (less responsibility) and give me her position. Her assistant who was one of the applicants for the full time position is being moved also -to where I wasn't told. One of the younger applicants will become my assistant and be training under me since she really has little experience in maintaining a department.
I felt fully confident in the job I was originally applying for, the department I actually got is very large, has the most displays to be maintained and the most stock. Yeah, I'm nervous.
The woman who is losing that department has a vindictive personality, she has caused problems for employees in the past but has never been quite blatant enough to get officially disciplined. I have been able to stay above the fray of all the water cooler gossip and back stabbing over my many years and have been able to maintain good working relationship with my co-workers even ones I'm not particularly fond of. I also have a very good relationship with the management.
Yesterday one of other younger women who applied approached me and asked me how I thought I did and I said "I think ok." because I'm not allowed to reveal that I have the position until Monday. Through this conversation I find out there has been talk about me. I believe it was revealed innocently. I know this girl pretty well and she's not the type to try to "stir the pot." She was giving me her support and letting me know she was in my corner.
The management also mentioned to me to come to them if anyone gives me any problems so apparently they are aware as well. So now I have a full time position in a very large department I'm hoping I have the energy to maintain, and I'm the topic of ugly gossip from co-workers, most of which whom I thought were friends. Monday should be fun.:(