Need some help, y’all

Ok gang,

Here’s the deal. So remember that big work thing I talked about a few weeks ago? Long story short, getting promoted to Manager or above in my career field is pretty hard. The jobs are sparse as usually a clinical laboratory candidate is hired before a pathology candidate for upper management positions. Well, FINALLY a pathology management position came up where I work, so I of course jumped at the chance. JUMPED as in literally, LOL. I’ve got 25 years of experience, an MBA in Healthcare management and pride myself in being a positive and motivating person at work. Ask my staff members, I promise I am not just tooting my own horn. I was excited and thrilled at this opportunity.  I applied, went through two interviews and had the highest of hopes.

So imagine my heartbreak when this past Friday afternoon I get a generic email from HR notifying me that “they selected someone else.” My heart sank. And I cried. Am I EVER going to get a shot at progressing my career?!? Ugh…

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I am looking for a bit of help here, and hope you guys can give me some advise. In my mantra of moving forward I want to put more energy into my blog, and growing it’s content. More cooking, more adventures, and of course always running will be there. BUT…I don’t like the name of my blog anymore, and want YOUR suggestions so that I can grow it not only as a blog, but I can “brand” myself so to speak.

Secondly, I would love to get some management mentoring. I think that is what I am lacking…do you know of any good programs or mentors that would be willing to give this pathology lab supervisor some help? Please, let me know!!

Thanks everyone for your amazing support, the blogging community rocks!




16 thoughts on “Need some help, y’all

  1. This is tough … I have been on both sides of those discussions. Which brings me to the first thing – ***have the discussion***.

    I had a mentor early in my career who had applied and missed out on management positions, but no one ever told WHY, even when he asked … but basically he had some issues and was NEVER going to get promoted to a management position. Stunk to hear, but it changed his life and career – he did very well for a few years, and left to become a manager at another company.

    Not saying that is your situation – in fact it is likely not (he might have been my mentor technically, but I never for a second wanted to be like him or admired his communications style). But it is important to hear the reason WHY – as honestly as possible. Perhaps they see your style working perfectly at the scale you are at, but not as a wider manager? Maybe they really don’t want to lose you from the current position? All of these are possible – and hopefully you can get an honest answer.

    These discussions are hard – I am currently involved in three job discussions: promotions within my current division (which will be nice but a bit slow for me), a move to another division that will keep me in my same project role but position me for more rapid advancement (and $) … and I am talking to an outside company about a new job that would be a *huge* leap in all ways but require moving to another state and have long work days – just as we are settling into ’empty nest’. Thing is – I have been having a lot of frank discussions with people who I know are really ‘in my corner’ … which also has required me to be better about differentiating who IS and IS NOT in my corner.

    Good luck with this … it is not easy, but also remember to take care of yourself!

  2. I am so sorry, Michele. It’s got to hurt. I’ve really never worked in the corporate world, and never been a manager, so I have no advice for you.

    I like my blog name, and I’ve since thought of a few others I’d like too. I like your blog name, too, but I can see where you think it might be limiting. I’ll have to think about it!

    And, of course, I have the standard “there’s something better out there for you”. I truly do believe that but I’m sure that’s not what you want to hear right now!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t get the job. Definitely heartbreaking and I know how it feels like these jobs are so few and far between. I like your blog name but I also totally understand. I’ve recently felt like I wish I had put more time into my blog name. But I built it years ago and at the time, I spent a lot of time thinking about it. Sometimes I feel like I need to hire an expert!

  4. Sorry to hear about the job – that is SUCH a bummer :-(. You know, I think things like this are part of the reason so many of us are drawn to running: it’s objective. The fastest runner wins the race. Period. Not the runner with the most seniority or the biggest network or the prettiest face. If I put in the work and achieve a goal, it stands, no one can take it away. The numbers on the clock don’t lie! No politics in running.

    I know how you feel about wanting to rebrand your blog. I did that last fall – I just grew out of my old name and didn’t feel like it really fit with what I wanted to blog about anymore. I had a cutesy name and it was fun for a while but then I was just kinda over it. My advice: go with something simple. Think about what you actually want to write about, and then find a name that matches that content. And don’t worry about making it catchy. I’ve found that if you have good content and put yourself out there, people will come to your blog regardless of the title.

  5. I’m going to be a contrarian here and tell you getting this tough news is probably a gift in disguise, depending on what you do with it. Would you have loved being a manager? Then look elsewhere and do that. If not, quiet your mind and listen to your heart of hearts and write down the things you really love and would do for no money. Pursue those.

    1. Oh Marcia, you are a mind reader. My husband and I just had this conversation last night. Although I can’t just throw in the towel and stop working due to our budget, maybe my time for “career progression” is just over. So for now I’ll just keep plugging along until the right opportunity comes along. Thanks so much for your support.

  6. So sorry to hear about not getting selected for the job. I know that feeling but although it may sound so corny….but it just means something better is coming your way. I know it does not take away the sting but I have faith.

    I like your blog name but understand your desire. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head at this time…sorry 😦

    Good luck!

  7. Michelle, my advice (which I do follow myself) boils down to three words: Apply, apply, apply. Search online, sign up with employment agencies, get on LinkedIn, go to conferences and do the professional networking thing. And apply for every decent opportunity. And, for heaven’s sake, please don’t limit yourself to Chicago. If hubby can go halfway across the world to serve his country, y’all can move to another state to advance your career. Remember, the jobs aren’t going to come to you. Also, don’t be discouraged by long strings of rejection. I learned this during two spates of unemployment. Keep plugging away at it and don’t let time slip away from you. Toot your own horn. Good luck!

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