Posts Tagged ‘job offer


Another rat abandoning this sinking ship

So, I’m off. Long-time readers of this blog might recall a post on Brian Lenihan that I ended by threatening to leave the country. Well, I’m following through on that threat. I’ve been offered a job abroad and I’ve decided to accept it.

A couple of months ago I posted about being offered a job and being told later I wasn’t getting it. It’s this job I’m for which I’m headed. I’ve avoided posting further on this as I didn’t want to jinx it, but I guess I’m safe enough at this stage. The explanation I received on why I was briefly told I’m not getting the job was, frankly, weird, something about mistaking me for English and not wanting to hire an English person. One can be forgiven for thinking something fishy is going on. However, I’ve checked things as much as it is possible to check these things. I’ve talked to embassy people and the agent with whom I arranged the job, and I’ve comfirmed separately that the company exists. I can be certain that the offer is legit and there is an actual job waiting for me.

And so I’m off. The visa is sorted and the plane-ticket is bought, and I’m leaving this weekend. I’m pretty much going as far as I can without resorting to the Australia option (which is good as I can’t imagine a fate worse than living in Australia). I’m leaving behind Ireland and unemployment, and probably this blog. It’s not that I’m abandoning blogging, I’ve really enjoyed it and I have a couple of ideas for new blogs I’d like to try out, but I don’t see myself updating The Unemployed Blog much longer. I suppose I could do an ex-pat Irishman’s blog, but it’s not likely. In all honesty, I’ve become quite bored of personal blogging in the last few months.

I’ll be fleshing out a few concepts due course, and there’ll be a few more updates here, just to let regular readers know what’s happening. In the meantime, if anyone’s passing through South Korea you can stay in my house.


Sorry, just kidding. LOL

Do you remember as a kid when an uncle or some non-authoritative adult figure might be giving you a spin someplace? You’d approach the car only for him to pull away suddenly. You’d whine for a bit and he’d promise not to do it again. He probably meant it, but when you’d reach the car again temptation would prove too much, and the foot would fall on the accelerator once more. Hilarious stuff.

The interview I mentioned at the end of this post went quite well. I wasn’t getting my hopes up, but I figured I had a chance. At around 8:00 this morning I got a call from the rep who had arranged the interview telling me I am to be offered the job. Big news! I immediately began contemplating everything this would entail. It requires a move. Indeed, a move to another country, but this was the primary reason I was interested in the position. I wondered too about this blog, and how I’d continued now that I’m working proper. That seems quite pathetic now, but what can I say?

About an hour later I decided to check my email, and found I’d received a message from the girl whom I’m to replace (one of the interviewers). She’s returning home and I was to discuss with her the contract and visa details and so forth. However, the content of the message was not what I’d been lead to expect.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do the interview I really appreciate it. I’m really sorry but unfortunatley we won’t be able to offer you the position.

As you can understand, I’m quite pissed about this. To be told my interview wasn’t successful would have been disappointing but nothing I’m not used to. To be told, however, that I am getting the job – only for that to be taken back – is downright infuriating. I’ve sent many emails this morning trying to find out where I stand, but so far nobody has gotten back to me.

Perhaps my judgement is clouded as I’m still quite angry, but right now I’m certain this is the worst thing that anyone has ever done to me.