Back in late November, I got an email from a recruiter who had a client that needed a programmer as soon as possible. I sent back a resume and quickly got a reply asking if I could show up at a local community college for an interview that afternoon. This was at about midday, so I figured that they must really be in a hurry. I showed up a few hours later for the interview, and it went well. The job was a six-month contract that paid well, and they wanted me to start the following week.
I was glad to be getting back to work, and I excitedly told my parents and friends that I had a new job that I would be starting soon. Everyone wished me good luck, and I was raring to go.
That Friday, I got an e-mail from the recruiter saying that the job would have to wait another few weeks until late December. I wasn’t happy about having to wait, but what the hey, it had already been a few months so it wasn’t be a big deal.
Two days before the new start date, I get another email with more wonderful news: the job was going to be delayed until late January because of a higher priority project. I grit my teeth and say okay, I can wait, but I’m starting to get worried about the situation. I enjoy the holidays and try not to worry too much about things as I move into a new apartment with the anticipation that I will have a job soon to pay rent and keep the lights on.
The Friday before the new-new start date, I get pinged from the recruiter, who tells me that we haven’t gotten a final answer for the folks at the college. I wonder if I should pull a George Costanza and just show up, but I don’t. It takes the folks at the school until Wednesday to touch base. According to them, the job is funded, but there the higher priority project is running late. They don’t bother to provide a new possible start date, so I’m left now with a “job” that has no start date.
I’m searching again in earnest for a new job (I’ve continued to search this whole time) but honestly, this is no way to do business. If they get in touch with me before something else comes up, I’ll take the gig, but I really don’t know how much I can trust those people now. The way they’ve been jerking me around this whole time has left a very bad taste in my mouth, and I wonder if there is something going on that I’m not being told.
Regardless, its a hell of a way to run a taco stand.
2 thoughts on “Waiting For A Living”
Tell the temp agency to set you up with other interviews, you cannot live on water alone or to bump your hourly rate up significantly given now your having to forgo potential lost income because your waiting around for this gig. At the end of the day you have to ask yourself can you continue to forgo $$ at this pace? Good luck.
Yeah, even the recruiter thinks they’re being jerks, go figure. Thanks for the good words, man.