“ It makes me really bitter to think that I quit my good job for this new one that now seems to have been a hoax. I feel so wasted and used,” says Moses Rimbui.
Getting a job offer is the most amazing time for a job seeker. You may decide to throw or party, go to church or simply just preparing for the new job. That depends on what you are into. What happens when you receive a job offer, only for it to be taken back after you have already quit your current job? What do you do? Here is one professional’s story.
I had been working for one company for 5 years. The job was awesome and the environment was not bad. To top it up, the pay was awesome and I thought I had a lucky break, considering it was my first job.
After all this time in one place, I was looking to grow my career, like any other professional out there and so I started sending out applications to jobs that I felt I qualified for. My search was not that serious because I already had a job, so I was very shocked when I got a call for an interview.
On the day of the interview, I took a day off from work and focused on being the best. My efforts bore fruit because I got invited for the second round of interviews. At this point, I started getting excited and looking forward to actually getting the new job because the salary they were offering was much more than I was earning.
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The possibility of getting a new job became real. I started building castles and making financial plans. Something was finally going right without me trying so hard. I was excited. When the second interview resulted in a job offer, I couldn’t contain myself. I invited all my close friends to a bar and we had celebratory drinks.
A week later, I received the offer letter via email and the contact to go through. The terms were okay for me and I sent a reply to the company stating the same. The next day, I got a call from the HR who gave me a reporting date.
Immediately after that I wrote a resignation letter and took it to my boss. He was surprised , but he was understanding and he wished me the very best. I cleared my desk and said goodbye to my old job.
However, something strange happened on the day that I was supposed to report. I got to the office bright and early and sat at the reception waiting for directions from my superiors. I sat there for 3 straight hours and no one really seemed to be in a hurry to attend to me.
At around lunch time, the HR finally summoned me to his office and I thought that my wait was finally over. First, he apologized for keeping me waiting and then asked if he could offer me I drink. I declined his offer and so the discussion began.
He told me how sorry he was, but the position was no longer available as the company was currently going through some budget cuts. To cut the long story short, he told me that they were taking back their job offer.
I sat there in a daze wishing this was a dream or just a prank they were trying to play on me. When he was done, I walked out of the office feeling like my life had just come to an end. How was I going to survive this? I had already quit my job and I still had bills to pay.
Please advise me. Is there legal action I can take against the company? Should I just go back and beg my former boss for my job back. What should I do?
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Sera is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya. If you have any career related queries, firstname.lastname@example.org