Today I was fired without any knowledge or even inkling that something was wrong. There were never any warnings (verbal or written) and in fact, I had a conversation with my Supervisor just a week ago, telling me I was doing a great job. There was only one comment made that I had been tardy on a few occasions, which I had called ahead to say I was running late. It's never an excuse, but I didn't have a choice in the matter when they were digging up our roadway and there was no prior notice to any of the residents that this was being done. It was never an issue again.
I was brought into the conference room and was told that there were personality conflicts between me and the "community" (there were only 7 people working in the company) as well as other issues. And then all of these issues that I couldn't believe I was hearing started to come out of left field - I was tardy on a regular basis (which I wasn't), I was rude to others in the workplace (which I wasn't and would never be as I wasn't raised that way), I rifled through people's trash without their consent (I was collecting the bottles and cans for recycling that the employees would throw out because they refused to recycle as it was "too much work"), I was on the Internet looking at social networking or sports sites.
I just sat there, stunned out of my mind because I had never been told that anything was a problem. My work was getting done, I had sales calls coming into me left and right, everything seemed to be going fine. What I found out is the Assistant in the office who befriended me was accessing my social website pages and using this information against me (such as uploading photos, surveys, etc) that were done at night and on weekends. What most upset me is that besides myself, another woman was hired who was a friend of the Assistant already working there. She comes in late, leaves early, takes extended lunches, watches DVDs and accesses full-length television shows on her PC and nothing was ever said or done to her, yet I am the one being forced out.
Something that did come up when I first started was that a routine medical test came back saying I might have cancer. I was upset and consulted my boss to see if I could get on the health plan earlier than the 3-month time frame with my paying 100% up to that 3-month window. This request was denied and my boss said to go ahead with the testing, and that "the cost was not her concern, but that we would work it out when it came to that point." It seems very coincidental that they've created all these reasons for my departure when my results are due back this week and the bill arrived for the testing today. So that I don't raise their insurance premiums, cut me off now!
I was only in the position a month. Is this something that I should put on my resume? Is it appropriate to write an exit letter to your former boss as I was not able to present any type of defense or my side of the story? I understand that their minds are made up and I would not want to go back to a company that I do not trust, but I feel that there should be some sort of closer there.
I'm not a lawyer so I can't comment on your legal rights in this situation or whether you should write an exit letter. I'll stick to what I do best: resumes.
Is it possible to speak with the employer and ask to have your employment status listed as a temporary job? If they're agreeable to that, you could list the position like this:
Sept. 2008, Job Title (temporary assignment), Company Name
If they don't want to do that, then I suggest leaving the job off your resume all together. Hopefully you had another job in 2008 that you can list in your work history, and by using years (no months), it will not be noticeable that this one-month disaster happened.
When you fill out your job application, you must list the one-month job, so practise how you'll talk about that in the job interview.