After a bit of a roller-coaster ride this past month, many interviews for three different positions, five years at the company and three "regime changes," I've [i]finally [/i]been promoted to Manager! LOL

Thanks all ya'll for all the support, insight and advice you've given over the last two years. Now that I'm in the hot seat, you know you'll see me around here more often. (You've been warned!!)

My new boss originally turned me down for both the Tech Support (lateral) job and the (general) Manager position I had applied for. I took it with a grain of salt. Since we are doing this massive reorganization, I figured there would be a LOT of horses in each of the races so I had really applied simply to make it known to the new management that I was interested in moving up. I thanked him for considering me, told him I understood and told him I would look forward to trying again the future.

Apparently I showed my "business maturity" in that conversation. "Some other candidates didn't take the news quite so well."

Following our Rejection Conversation, I figured I should do whatever I could to raise my profile since I'd still be working under this guy. I knew there was a training gap in one area on a specific product so I offered to include one employee per call on my next four specific-product client-training calls to help the employees get up to speed & feel more comfortable with that product.

Those sessions went over pretty well and the feedback to my interim boss was pretty good, apparently.

Then about a week after the Rejection Call, I got another call from him and he asked if I would be interested in (not the general Manager position but) a specific-sub-group Manager position. I scheduled my 30 mins with the Division Vice President and had that conversation on Monday. I got offered the job at 8:58 am today!

It would seem that the fact I was able to "handle adversity" well and "go on about (my) work" in spite of bad news was "really impressive."

It'll be a while yet before it's formally announced and I'm not allowed to tell anyone at the office but I'm just thrilled to pieces about this! (She said, before she fully realized what she'd gotten herself into...)

[b]Thanks for all the support over the past two years and thanks-in-advance for all the support you're about to give! LOL[/b]

tlhausmann's picture
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Congratulations ash...well done.

asteriskrntt1's picture

Great story Ash

I am very proud of you. Good luck in the new role!


jhack's picture

Congratulations! Job well done - proof that professionalism wins.


thaGUma's picture

Well done Ash.

terrih's picture

Congrats, Ash!

Having had to deal with people who "didn't take it so well" when I got promoted instead of them, I can tell you, the difference is HUGE. Good on ya!

ashdenver's picture

[b]Thanks ya'll![/b]

[size=9](I'm sure this is really snarky but gonna say it anyway. If you're applying to be a manager, shouldn't it already be ingrained in you that you act like a professional when getting bad news? How on earth would it show anyone that you're "ready to be a manager" if you get snotty or start crying? I'm not saying anyone did either but I've heard straight from one of the Project Managers who got turned down for a higher position that he did indeed get defensive and snarky to both the HR rep and the hiring manager. I just don't understand the rationale behind that.)[/size]

jhack's picture

Ash, yes, in an ideal world all managers would act professionally, and it wouldn't make you stand out. In this world, you stood out by being a professional.

So your competition was weak. That's a shame. Now you can set a high bar in your new role, and folks will look up and say, "I want to be like Ash."


asteriskrntt1's picture

And if all managers were uber professionals, we would not be blogging/foruming on MT, would we? :lol:

terrih's picture

There are people who think that seniority is the main criterion for promotion.