The Laid Off IT Guy! Contract to Hire to Nothing
This post describes both the best and worst job search experience that I have had since losing my job almost six months ago. I was asked to provide some consulting services for a client. Then the client got excited and wanted to hire me. Then they went a completely different direction and I got nothing out of it. It took my emotions on a roller coaster, for sure.
Within the span of two weeks I learned about and lost an opportunity for a growing company within the same industry that I have worked in for the past 12 years. The company had never had an IT Director before and was looking to bring in a consultant to evaluate the IT team and make recommendations about how it should be staffed, managed and budgeted. I couldn’t have been more qualified to do just that.
I met with the recruiter who had just come from the client explaining their needs. The things that the client was after were a perfect match for my skills and abilities. The recruiter got me an appointment to meet the client two days later. I must have really impressed them because they called the next day and asked what the engagement would look like if I were to take it on full-time with them. I told them that I used a very logical approach and would be able to devote all of my attention to their needs if that is what they were interested in.
They asked me to put together a 30, 60, 90, 120 day business plan to give them a good idea about what I could accomplish and when. They liked that and we began discussions about me coming on board with them. The team of six people that I had met with presented me and my solution to the owners, and that is where it all went wrong. The owners said that they were not prepared to acknowledge that they needed an IT Director at this time. I told them that I would be happy to still provide the initial consulting agreement that I had first presented, but they decided to choose some students in an MBA cooperative program for free. I told them that they'd get what they paid for.
It’s really too bad. I thought that I had my best opportunity to land full-time employment, or at least some part-time money to get me by for a bit longer, but in the end, anguish is all I got for my efforts. I hope that you don’t have a cruel experience like that happen to you.
Best of luck to you on your job hunting ventures. Post a comment or drop me a line if you have something to share.
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