When I was about to leave for lunch, my boss summoned me into his wife's office (he doesn't have one - he likes to be in the "trenches" with us). I knew what he was going to say...I'd been through this before...My Nightmare Work Experience back in April 2006.
He asked me if I liked it there, I said sure. He asked me what was wrong because my resume was posted online. I'd already BEEN through this before with another boss, so I wasn't so shocked and intimidated. I suppose each time I could have been fired, but for some reason, I never am. He started telling me, like my other boss, what a great job I was doing, blah blah. I laid it all on the line, all of my concerns, and how this was strictly monetary, nothing personal. I would consider him the best salesman (and the most wealthy) I've ever known, and he did his best, but I have to commend him for being honest. He really was. To get me to stay, he gave me a 5% raise! After putting my resume online! But of course, I had to take my resume off of monster (and dice and careerbuilder, but of course, he didn't know about those). That's the damned thing about being a recruiter. You can't hide putting your resume on the internet. Now, because I work for a "draw", the 5% raise is the percentage of the "cut" I get from the fee we receive from the client that they pay us when we make a placement. He said whether I'm in the "red" or the "black", he was going to automatically add it to my paycheck each time I made a deal. He said his plans had been that I would mentor another Recruiter who wasn't doing so well, and to take over an account whose company have revenues that are $1 billion. That's not such a big deal - most of our companies are that big. We talked for about 30 minutes, I was BRUTALLY honest with him, and then I went home for lunch, which I never do because it is so far. I had to take my resume offline, you see, and I thought it was inappropriate to do it at work. As SOON as I got back to my desk, he actually held up a highlighted copy of a printed-out version of my resume and asked if I had taken it down yet. Talk about being paranoid! Why in the world is he wanting me to stay so badly? Why didn't he just let me go? Why did he go on and on about the great job I do, and how many people he would say "yes, this isn't for you, you should probably move on", but not to me, I was really good at this? I understand he pays my draw, and if he didn't see that I was going to make the company (namely, HIM) a lot of money, he would have no qualms with letting me go. In his eyes, he would just be giving me money for free, does that make sense? If I'm not making any deals, I'm not worth anything to him - I'm not making him any money. He did a lot of "pumping up", and I'm not sure why. I feel better about the future of OUR office after our talk, but...is it simply attrition he's worried about right now? I will admit, I bust my ASS for that job, minus the "mental health" days I take off now and again, and when I had the flu. But when I'm there, I work hard all day, and I know what I'm doing. Working hard all day is called A-D-D-E-R-A-L-L.:-) He's amazed by my focus. And rightly so. :-) I'm worried about the repercussions and fall-out of this, though...I hope he understood what I was trying to say.
Mark is in Chicago this week, and this is the first night I'm alone. My allergies, or whatever the frig they are, were horrible today, so I just took a double dose of liquid Nyquil, and almost threw it back up in the sink. I never thought I had allergies, but if I do, I hope they're gone by tomorrow.
We'll see how my first night without Mark in YEARS goes...