When Work Won't Work
Good old Ted, you see, had a bit of history.
When he was downsized from his job as a software engineer last winter, Ted Brown (not his real name) figured scoring his next gig would be a cinch. His cloud-computing skills were in high demand and he had a stellar reputation in his industry.
“I was sure that companies would be lining up to get their hands on me,” he says.
And that’s exactly how it played out at first. There was the manager who wooed Brown over a dinner of scotch and beef tenderloin, and promised a five-figure signing bonus. He said he’d send an offer via FedEx — but it never arrived. When Brown called, he was told that they’d decided to go with someone else who was “a better fit.”