Redundancy doesn’t always need to be a negative experience, for me it opened up the opportunity to really question ‘what do I want to do?’ which is something I probably hadn’t given any thought for about 10 years or more.
I was in a job where I was reasonably happy, I’d worked my way up in the organisation over a number of years, I worked with some lovely people and the job suited my circumstances at the time…..babies/marriage/family…..redundancy happened every now and again so I don’t know whether I thought it would happen to me.
Did I panic? No, not really and probably for the reason that I knew for me redundancy would be a good thing. Of course not everyone feels like this but for me, I was in my late thirties and knew that if I didn’t leave, I would probably be in the same job for another 10 years.
Don’t get me wrong, the prospect of looking for another job was daunting, I hadn’t had an interview for about 20 years but after a few weeks, I ‘seized the day’ and decided to apply for a job and I was invited in for an interview.
I researched the company, what they did, how many employees they had, their values etc so I felt as prepared as I could be. The interview consisted of a task which on the face of it seemed quite straightforward….of course until I went completely blank and similarly in the interview, when I was asked to give examples of different scenarios I struggled to think of any – so as you can image, the interview didn’t go too well and I didn’t the job. The feedback wasn’t anything I didn’t already know…..I didn’t sell myself enough, but you have to start somewhere and at the end of the day, I took it for what it was – a good opportunity to go through the interview process, even though I nearly talked myself out of going half a dozen times!
I was lucky that I had a bit of time to think about my next move, and a phone call out of the blue presented an opportunity too good not to take, but I’m not going to lie, life after redundancy is not easy. I had to do a lot of soul searching and I struggled at times to know what to do for the best but I tried to stay positive and true to myself.
When you work for a company for any length of time, you come to appreciate what it is you like and don’t like about the organisation and that should be a fundamental consideration in the search for your next role and in your assessment of whether working for one employer over another is right for you. Company values, the people you’ll be working with, your ‘fit’ and of course salary should all be important considerations in your decision making process. You’ll know if something doesn’t feel right – trust your instincts….and try to not to panic – there are plenty of opportunities out there.
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