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Disappointed, but not surprised

June 2nd, 2017 at 03:30 pm

My contract job, in flux since I started 4 weeks ago, will come to an end next Thursday. This, just 2 weeks after my manager told me I could expect to work all summer.

The client bank decided to eliminate the 4th marketing piece I was to work on, and the junior writer they hired shortly after me can handle the sub-projects, apparently. So after next week, there will be nothing left for me to do.

At least I got 4 days notice and was able to gross an estimated $9,680 from 21.5 days of work, spread over 5 weeks. My net of about $7,000 will at least cover my recent bookshelf construction and replenish my coffers for living expenses for about 2-3 months.

I managed not to waste money on buying lunch at the cafeteria for all but 2 days.

I am really disappointed, but there's nothing to be done. I asked if he was happy with my work performance and he said yes. He explained that the bank client is not on retainer but calls them every so often with projects out of the blue, so it's my hope, after confirming my departure has nothing to do with my performance, that they might call me back down the line.

However, I can't help but feel, too, that their decision to let the junior writer finish the sub-projects was based probably on his lower rate of pay. When I checked his Linked In background, I could see he has about 2 years of experience in the field spread over 2 jobs. But they like him, and I'm guessing he wasn't making as much as me.

6 Responses to “Disappointed, but not surprised”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    I was hoping this would last for you. ((HUGS)) to you and I sincerely hope that another door opens for you soon.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Sorry to hear this. Contract work is so unpredictable.

  3. Carol Says:

    I am sorry.🙁

  4. starfishy Says:

    bummer...sorry to hear about the change of plans.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ugh. Stinks so badly.

  6. Dido Says:

    Sorry that this didn't last longer. I'm 100% sure you're right that they kept the junior writer on because he costs less. That's the downside of experience.

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