This was originally posted on June 1, 2015.
Dear Old Employer,
When I first joined your company, all I ever thought about was being a partner. But you quickly, crushed that dream. As associates, we were overworked, underpaid and unappreciated. We were thrown under the bus by inadequate managers and when s*** hit the fan somehow the blame found its way to us. And on May 3, 2014, when you told me you were not renewing my contract because of manpower, I was hurt and upset. I didn’t understand how you could discard us and then turn around and hired three new employees for our department. To have to train and coach them the things we already knew. For three years, I gave my all to the company, stayed late and worked through my lunch hour just to be dropped like I was nothing and given a BS reason as to why I’m out of a job. Although it took me a long time, I now understand that everything happens for a reason.
So I thought it would be nice to catch up with you. I thought you would be thrilled to know that I am currently studying for the last section of the CPA exam. And while it is very stressful and nerve-wracking, I am extremely thankful to be at this point in my life. Although I didn’t see it then, you not renewing my contract was the best thing that ever happened to my life and career. Since that day, I have passed three sections of the exam, got a job that pays me what I am worth ($25K more than you paid), if I work overtime I get paid for it, and most important my managers and team believe in me. They take the time to coach me and help me to develop my professional brand.
Over the last 12 months, I’ve been working on me and it has helped me realize you never believed in me or my capabilities and that is fine with me. Because of your lack of faith, I pushed harder. Because of your negativity, I grew stronger. I became more determined, and I fought to be where I am and for what I have. 12 months later, I am a happier and more productive employee, I am challenged by the work I do and have more opportunities to do other things outside of my job. It has been a long journey to get here and I have grown as an individual and a professional and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for me.
I just want to tell you how grateful I am for the experiences you gave me and for the lessons you taught me. If I had never worked for you, I would not be the person I am today and I would not have what I have. So I just wanted to take the time to thank you!
Update: It has been three years since I had that meeting and I am forever grateful for the experiences from that company. Now I am a fully licensed Certified Public Accountant, I resigned from my Government job to work for an amazing company making six figures and have the best benefits. And I do mean the BEST! And I am working on growing even more in my professional life.