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The job went to an outside applicant who was the neighbor of a Manager in another area...
May 2005, Article 1
I work for a fairly large banking institution in the midwest. My current job is in the Merchant Booking area, which is to say that when a merchant wants to be able to accept credit card transactions, I am responsible for keying their application accurately into our system. I am also responsible for performing any maintenance needed to any of our existing accounts. I have been in this position for about 6 months now, and I have to tell you I am not here totally by choice.
About 7 months ago a supervisory position became available which I am more than qualified for (I have some college, but the position does not require a degree) My company "says" they hire from within, but on this particular occasion, the job went to an outside applicant who, I learned later, was the neighbor of one of the managers in another area. Now, this manager used to be over my area, but she barely even knew my name, let alone my work ethic, knowledge or experience. I know that she "recommended" her neighbor for the position, even though this woman is not giving a stellar performance in the role.
So, my question is, what if anything should I do? Thanks for your input.
People like to work with
people they know and trust . It's human nature. Wouldn't you
rather work with people you know and trust if you were given the chance?
So, the fact that the supervisor overlooked you in favour of a friend
isn't automatically 'bad' (unless your company has a strict policy that
they must hire from within unless no one inside the company is qualified).
Franke James, MFA
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