Dear Evil HR Lady,
I worked for what I thought was a pretty good guy. He actually hired me. I had the job I always wanted in the industry that I loved. I managed a staff of 5 very talented individuals. Then one day, the tables turned. He was removed from one VP role he was serving in and was now spending 100 percent of his time as VP of my department and function. He began to play me and my employees off of each other. He drove a wedge between them and me. He treated me like a rented mule, put me on a performance improvement plan for what he called a “lack of leadership”, and eventually eliminated my position. This took about a year in all. I can’t say I didn’t see this all coming. He was a VP with only 2 direct reports, and I had 5 as a director. He did everything “by the book” in terms of documenting why he canned me.
My problem is that I was a good manager. I led a team that reinvented the branding and marketing output of the company and elevated the company in the industry. We were extremely successful and had a great thing going. I am 57 years old and I am afraid that I am now unemployable, and have a difficult time trying to “spin” my situation to a prospective employer, when I know I was hosed. I guess I just want your insight. I’m sure this stuff happens all the time.
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