Gina S. on April 20, 2012
I'm hoping you can help me. I cannot prove it, although it's quite obvious, that either my former employer, or someone I did business with prior to my cancer in 2010, has said things about me in the very small, Charlotte area insurance industry. Everyone knows someone in this industry. I've dabbled in the idea of maybe I'm ready to return to work, although I'm still suffering from many side effects (bone and back pain, fatigue, etc.). I've had three phone interviews, all of which have resulted in face to face interviews. The interviews went incredibly well...one HR manager actually hugged me before I left the interview and said she couldn't wait to speak with me again. I received a cold e-mail form letter today saying they hired someone else, this after she specifically told me she'd be interviewing clear through the end of April and making her decision in Mid-May at the earliest. How can I find out what's being said out there about me? Something isn't right. I left my job in 2010 and am an extremely private person. No one at my prior job (I was dedicated and was there for 7 years) kept in touch with me...not a note, not an e-mail, nothing. I was their senior manager and all of a sudden, I get a cancer diagnosis, and they act like they never knew me. I have 5 or 6 strong recommendations on LinkedIn and they all said that's how they found me! I didn't even apply to these jobs! They found me, and then they all scatter after the interview. What can I do? I said nothing during my interview except that I took a personal leave and left it at that.