Hello, I was hoping someone would help me out with this interview/company selection question.
Almost ten years ago, I started a business. I was exceptionally successful but was burnt out after five and sold it for just enough to get out from under it.
I took a job for a company in the same field because the person I was going to work for was great. After a month, a string of promotions left me working for someone awful. I went from calling the shots to having a guy who literally patted me on the head in front of the entire office.
To get out of that, I took a temp job. After six months, I was given a letter of recognition for exceptional work when the project shut down as expected.
I started another little business just to pay the bills. After about two years, I shut that down to move out of state.
Over the past two years, I have had four jobs. I asked a lot of relevant questions and on all four was mislead. I'm certain I was outright lied to. The ethics of the establishments were evil. The effort to rob customers was so pervasive, I left each of them. With every job, I learned and asked more questions but there was just more lies.
In my last job, I went back to my original trade. I took the job based on all the great things they said and, most importantly, I wanted to work for the guy I was to be working under. Within a month of my hire, he gets promoted and they're wanting me to take his position. I didn't want the job for a number of reasons. The thing that gets me though is that the owner of the company came out to a site to interview me. All told, I had three formal interviews and one informal meeting with different levels of management which was very strange for the job.
So the offer of promotion comes through and I tell the super who I came on board with "This was in the works from the beginning wasn't it?" He doesn't answer. So here I am getting the short end again. I interviewed for a trade position not a supervisory position. Even without interviewing for it, I could see that it would of been too difficult considering the culture.
I turn it down and tell them that I'll hang out to see who my new boss is and if I'm not compatible, I'll be moving on shortly after.
All's well and fine. The person they were forced to bring in wasn't ideal in any sense of the word except for a pulse. I went ahead made plans to move out of state and gave notice. My old super apoligized for the situation, I got a letter of reference.
This is about two months ago. Now, no one from the company returns my calls. I have a letter which is nice (I think).
What should I do? I can't be hirable by any decent company with this laundry list. (Which reminds me. One of the managers when I turned down the promotions says "well you can't go around with another short term job on your resume." What kind of people do these things?)
How do you explain two years of garbage for work history? It's not like my resume's getting me any interviews.
Any help from those who've endured this book would be greatly, greatly appreciated.