I am a few months out of my second marriage. There will be no third. I know my task right now is to become self-sufficient.
Thanks to my second husband, I have valuable Project Management skills. He set up an S-Corporation when he was out of work in Illinois and handed it over to me when he found a salaried job. I gained needed self-confidence over the past eight years and figured out that I am good at Project Management.
Now I need to convince another company of that. Because I am not good at sales and no longer have my main client in my company and with my divorce, I need a steady income.
I thought I had found one.
I was reached out to by a supposedly Swiss company called HAND-Lease that leases and sells extremely large equipment from $25,000 up to $55 million. They had just established a Pennsylvania office and were now opening a Birmingham office. I was phone screened by a customer service employee who said if they were interested, the Human Resource department would reach out to me for a longer interview.
Instead I got an email saying, ‘Congrats. We want to hire you.’ The email said it was a pre-employment training period of 30 days that would require two hours a day and be compensated $2000 at the end of the month. At that point, if they were interested, they would extend an offer to me of employment for a Project Management position paying $102,000 a year.
I was leery of this ‘too good to be true’ proposition and asked to speak to someone. A Mr. Ben Watts called me, and we talked briefly. He said he was Swiss and had been with the company seven years. I am fairly certain he was using some sort of translator as there was a lag between what I said and what he answered.
His answers satisfied me enough that I said ‘why not’. I have a lot of time right now as my only focus is to apply for jobs.
So I started their ‘training modules’. They were actually fairly interesting, but just basic project management, supply chain management, international trading etc. information. At the end of the four to five page information, you would take a basic short test. Easy. And I got 100’s on the first four of them.
They stroked my ego with a ‘we’re so happy with your work and attitude’. We hope it continues.
I felt good.
And then yesterday I got an email saying that they were having problems finding someone local to purchase office equipment. Could I do it. I would not need to actually go to the new Birmingham location. I would just have to arrange delivery via FedEx and UPS.
Well, that just doesn’t make sense, does it. If you don’t need someone there, why can’t you order it from Pennsylvania?
I started digging more. They are a fake company listing a fake address in Philadelphia.
Luckily, I am out nothing but some pride. And I did actually learn some things from the modules. All is well.
But I did have to spend a few hours yesterday getting over my ‘relief’ at thinking I would have money coming in and mentally going back to the drawing board.
I have another experience this week where a friend of mine left her job because a manager was sending dick pics to an employee and grooming that employee to take advantage of her.
The employee who received the dick pics feels badly because she thinks she encouraged him. She’s a hard working single mother, and he enticed her with ‘don’t you want someone to take care of you.’
Well, yes, don’t we all.
But what price are you willing to pay for that?
All around me I am seeing these examples of the old ways crumbling or needing to crumble.
Why would you spend that amount of time and ingenuity on scamming people? Couldn’t your obvious talents be put towards something else?
Why would you take advantage of the power of your position like that? Don’t you want a partner on equal terms?
We are wading through some powerful currents right now. I go to my weekly Circle, and I see a better world. One filled with hope, love and support. It is not without its human drama. But that human drama is handled in such an admirable way.
The old ways no longer work. We need new ways.
We need a new world.
BIO: Caryn MacGrandle is the creator behind the Divine Feminine App which has been connecting and inspiring women [and other genders too] throughout the world since 2016 as a directory to find Sacred Circles, events and resources. Women find the app each and every day, and it currently has almost 8000 users from around the world. Caryn has also hosted Sacred Circles and events for the past nine years and is passionate about the power of a Circle to heal individuals and the world. She has participated in numerous online and location events such as the World Parliament of Religions in September of 2021 in which she presented a workshop on Embodying the Goddess: Creating Rituals with Mind, Body and Soul and just recently a webinar/panel with Dale Allen presenting Dale’s Indie film award winning “In Our Right Minds: Leading Women to Strength as Leaders and Men to Strength without Armor.” Each and every day, Caryn (aka Karen Moon) works tirelessly towards her belief that the most important area to first find equality and balance is the divinity found within yourself.