A Happy Ending After All

The last few days I’ve been trying to get in touch with one of my buddies at Nationwide to find out a little bit about the candidate management picked over me for the college underwriting position. Today I found out the winner was an underwriter for one of our business partners that I spoke with and worked with on a daily basis.

You see Patrice (the winner) is 40 years old and is the main bread winner in her family with a husband and an eight year old daughter. She left Hartford Insurance six years ago to take up employment with our business partner and things just didn’t pan out the way she planned. Over the past six years things began to get steadily worse for her to the point where she was miserable and she was grossly underpaid to boot.

During our daily chats during the winter and spring I told her that I thought she ought to put her resume out and test the waters as she had a lot to offer. Today I called Patrice up to wish her the best of luck in her new job with Nationwide and she said “Jim I just can’t thank you enough for giving me the confidence to put my name out there and because of you I have a new job at Nationwide”.

I just couldn’t bring myself to tell her that I was her main competition for the underwriting job she landed. I am glad for Patrice and her family as they are all excited to move to Ohio. Patrice and I have never met each other, but once she gets settled we plan to have lunch ! Isn’t life a hoot sometimes ?

3 thoughts on “A Happy Ending After All

  1. Everything happens for a reason. Patrice is meant to be in Ohio and she needed you to encourage her. The circumstances are ironic, but maybe it’s God’s/the Universe’s/Tom Cruise’s way of telling you that you need to enjoy retirement.

    Also, it’s tough to find good people. Patrice will remember your intelligence, work ethic and attitude and will most likely be calling you for help when her department is expanding.

    And it’s also nice to know that if someone besides you had to take the perfect job, at least it is a person you like and respect.


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