feeling stuck and worried

  1. I started a job less than 2 months ago at a large doctors office. They hired me when the nurse manager told them her role needed to be divided in to 2 positions. She has only been there a few months longer than me. Everyone continued to think of her as the boss and me as her sidekick (not another manager, more like an assistant). Now she has turned in her notice and I'm very hurt that they aren't even considering me for her position. They already knew who they wanted to take her place as soon as she announced she was leaving. They haven't said they plan to get rid of me, but I'm very worried. I feel completely invisible. Its not a good time to look for new jobs because it sends a red flag if you are applying for jobs after only being somewhere a few months...doesn't it?
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  3. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from Nurse_cox
    I started a job less than 2 months ago at a large doctors office. They hired me when the nurse manager told them her role needed to be divided in to 2 positions. She has only been there a few months longer than me. Everyone continued to think of her as the boss and me as her sidekick (not another manager, more like an assistant). Now she has turned in her notice and I'm very hurt that they aren't even considering me for her position. They already knew who they wanted to take her place as soon as she announced she was leaving. They haven't said they plan to get rid of me, but I'm very worried. I feel completely invisible. Its not a good time to look for new jobs because it sends a red flag if you are applying for jobs after only being somewhere a few months...doesn't it?
    Are you assuming that the hiring manager(s) knew you wanted the management role if there was an opening? Plus, are you assuming that people who saw you as a side kick also saw you as a perfect replacement? Just as an aside, side-kicks are not leaders or managers, they are a tag-along so it is not a good thing to be seen as a side-kick to anyone.

    By the way, if you want to be considered for the position, you need to take the professional approach of talking to the hiring manager(s) directly. Also, if there is no interest in hiring you to be the next leader because he/she has someone else in mind, you should not be unprofessional and quit. Talk to the leadership about where you will fit in the future. If they choose to keep you, continue to do your job but ask for guidance as to how you can go about receiving a promotion in the future. However, if there is no position for you, then at least you are laid off as opposed to being unemployed by choice.
  4. by   Nurse_cox
    I should clarify that nobody called me a "side kick" or "assistant"...I just worried that they considered me as such. I will also update that the doctors approached me and it is now clear that they value me and want me to stay
  5. by   Nurse_cox
    Update: the person they had in mind for the position turned it down. They have interviewed a few others but not made offers. I had assumed that they would've immediately approached me if they considered me competent for the position. Am I correct to assume that? Should I talk to HR and make sure they know I'm interested?

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