So I am in my early 30s and live in Florida. I have a BS degree in a IT field and have about 3 years of experience working since I graduated. I am also a honorably discharged veteran. I was the top employee at the 2 jobs I have worked at since graduated and am extremely driven and want to devote all my efforts to my job as I started late in the game and went in the military - did not graduate until I was around 30.

I did interview over the phone and was told to come in next day as they wanted me for the position and thought I was the best applicant by a long shot. I started working as a consultant and worked for about 5 days. The pay is not that good - at least since it is only a few dollars more than my previous job.

Although I am a very good worker and have not had any issues in either previous jobs I do have arrests from when 5-6 years ago. I had multiple DUI charges and a few minor charges (all misdemeanors) and nothing related to theft or anything that would say that I am not honest or a bad person etc. My credit is also not that good and I am working to get that improved as I did not realize how important the score is until getting out of the service and not being as responsible with payments/credit as I should have.

Anyways, I was given a pretty large list of tasks and was working each day for many hours even though it was originally stated as a part time position. However, the day after I signed the form for a background check, I spoke to the person who hired me, and they said to not come in until the next week (4 days) as they were going to be out of the country. I have also been in contact with another employee in the office and they seem the same as when I had been working in the office with them.

I am very worried at this point as I just sensed it odd that there was alot of tasks they wanted done ASAP and most were in the office - and then when asking if I should go into the office to work on these tasks for the next few work days, they said to just come in at the start of next week. The last thing I have heard is from the other person in the office who is still very nice and helpful and said to contact the person who hired me (main person in charge below owners) at the start of the next working week at a certain time early in the morning to see when they wanted me to come in again.

Sorry for long post - I tend to write alot, but I would like any feedback if anyone takes the time to read my situation. Thanks for your time if you did read this post. I just found this site and will spend some time reading other similar situations if I can find them on here.

-A Concerned new employee who just started a great job and worried I may be let go already even though I have not done anything wrong on the job

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  • I am sorry if this is not the correct place to ask such a question - or if it does not seen like to be even a question. The question I guess would be should I be concerned based on what I had posted. – Anthony May 5 '17 at 21:54
  • Yeah, I'd be concerned. There's nothing you can do, so you just wait. But you should probably be prepared for the worse. Look at the positive though. They've seen you work and they've seen you work hard. That increases the possibility of trying to make work if it comes back negative. I'll be honest, the DUI's are a hard bias to overcome. I hope it works out though. – Chris E May 5 '17 at 22:02
  • Does your boss know about the history or are they going to find out through the background check? You've only been working for them a few days. Perhaps they want to be available/around when you're working until they know you better. – mkennedy May 5 '17 at 22:06
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    Going over your immediate supervisor's head is usually not a good strategy, at least not until you have exhausted working with your supervisor. I think you should wait until next week. – Patricia Shanahan May 5 '17 at 23:03
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    Since it was supposed to be part time could the problem be that they only budgeted something like 20hr/wk and you've already done that much this week? – Loren Pechtel May 6 '17 at 21:07

You already have done all you could by contacting the company.

You need to wait and see what eventuates. As a consultant you don't have a lot of recourses which is why consultants usually charge a lot more because they don't have the same job security and other benefits.

The situation does sound a bit disturbing, but don't let it worry you unduly until you have firm information.

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