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Hello, I'm looking for a bit of advice, hopefully someone can help?

 

I applied for an internal vacancy back in March, following my companies procedure set out on the vacancy page.

I followed this up several times and had responses citing that applications were being processed etc.

 

Fast forward to last week where I am told by a colleague at my branch that this role had been filled, and this without me being offered an interview.

 

The manager of the department I applied to has emailed me saying he never had info on my interest, despite me emailing him 2 days before the job was offered to someone else and the several emails to HR regarding the vacancy.

 

HR called me 1/10/12 saying that they had spoken to this manager and he has told them he phoned me in April and that I withdrew my application (an application he knew nothing about?!), this is a complete lie as I was still emailing in May!

The role the manager is relating to is a completely different role that I turned down in October 2010 as it was based roughly an hour away from my home and I had no means of getting there and back. I strongly believe that the manager is aware he has done wrong by me and is trying to shift the ignorance onto me by suggesting I turned the job down?. I have several emails regarding turning the role down from October 2010 which were between myself and the same manager so how could he mistake this for a vacancy that was advertised 5/6 months later!

 

I have emailed the manager AND the HR contact I had to send my CV to asking if they can offer an explanation as to why my application has been overlooked/ignored but I have not received anything back, other than the HR phone call.

 

I have ALL emails relating to the most recent role I applied for, both sent and received, and to back up the truth of events for the role I showed and interest in back in October 2010.

 

I also believe that the person who has been given the role I applied for is a former colleague of the manager of the department, although without access to our companies employee history I have no proof, only what I have been told.

 

The only problem I have is that I really don't know where I stand and I'm not sure what route to take next, do I follow my companies grievance procedure?, knowing that the way they work and try and sweep things under the carpet nothing will come of it?

 

I've looked at several websites but things are not any clearer, can anyone help?

 

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I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but theres really not much you can do now. The only thing you can really do is submit a grievance to the senior management team in writing and let them know. However, if it's a small company, or a family run one, then at the end of the day, its up to the management team who they employ.

 

If it was a national chain or company, then you could submit a complaint to head office with all your evidence, but in reality, and dont take this the wrong way, you could just seem to them like someone who's pride got hurt because they werent considered for the position.

 

However, the option is there to complain, but they most likely wouldnt give you the position and remove the other person as they could be instigated with a lawsuit from the person who currently holds the position now.

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I had the same issue with my former company. The position was filled by a drinking friend of my manager and this person had no idea on how to run our department. As it turned out, he again promoted to a more senior position was instrumental in the demise of the company as he had no idea of his role chasing up bad debit. All I could do was to accept the "jobs for friends" and move on even though I was seething with resentment!

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Unfortunately a lot of internal vacancies are filled on a 'jobs for the boys' basis, rather than going to the strongest candidate.

 

They won't overturn the initial decision and will probably argue (even if this is wrong) that the best candidate got the job. I would advise sending an email to HR, copying in a senior manager, expressing your dis-satisfaction at the way the process was followed (and the lack of response you received when you pressed for an answer), making it clear that you didn't withdraw your application, and requesting that they take measures to ensure that this type of thing doesn't happen again going forward.

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Agree with all of the above, if you want to be considered in the future then I would say nothing more and certainly not put in a grievence, it could have been a mistake that your application was overlooked/lost mistakes do happen and yes people try to cover them up but I would suggest that the manager and HR know now that you were interested, were overlooked and I expect they will make sure that you get an interview next time.

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What you can do, is sit down with the boss/manager and ask in detail why you were passed over. You can bring up your excellent work history and anything that would help you. You must make sure though that you state that you arent complaining, you just need to know where you went wrong, so you can focus on the negatives and improve them, so if another vacancy come sup, you will stand a chance at it.

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What you can do, is sit down with the boss/manager and ask in detail why you were passed over. You can bring up your excellent work history and anything that would help you. You must make sure though that you state that you arent complaining, you just need to know where you went wrong, so you can focus on the negatives and improve them, so if another vacancy come sup, you will stand a chance at it.

 

 

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