Today is my 1 year anniversary at my new job. It’s been quite a year. Lots of up, and then more recently, a down.
I’m flying to Denver right now, and tried to catch up on writing a little. As I was going through my files, I found my job offers from my present company. And I started laughing.
When this company offered me a job, I turned it down flat. They came back, offered again. (They had been talking to me for some months.) Finally, on the third offer, I decided to accept. And, then I realized…they had not converted the offer to a pdf file.
I could not resist. You guessed it…I jacked with the offer. To a huge degree of excess. I added several zeros onto every figure, and upped my vacation to 25 weeks a year, added some other perks. I signed the offer, converted it to a pdf, and sent it to my boss, with a quick e-mail: “Here it is finally! Glad we agreed and I look forward to working with you. Please forward to HR asap for processing so I might give notice.”
The next day, HR called him. And he called me.
Janie, I think we may have made a mistake on the offer letter.
Seriously? Want to retract it? I’m good with that.
No! We want you to go to work with us, but I think HR messed up when they typed it up..there are some typos. HR called me and they’re all upset.
I think he was having a heart attack. I had to confess.
Dude. It’s a rule, though most likely unwritten. Documents such as that need to be in read only form or pdf form so people can’t change them.
He cracked up. HR thought it was funny. The partners of the company found it hilarious.
The firm now pdf’s…everything.