Facing Redundancy – How Do I Keep My Job?

Moving from Corporate to Business

In my last post, I gave my recommendations on the best sources of help and advice when facing redundancy or job loss. My recommendation for this post is, whether you decide that you want to keep your job or go somewhere else, decide and act with your whole heart.

A couple of weeks after I had found out that the agency I had worked for for the past 7 years was going to get rid of half its legislative drafters by way of “spill and fill”, I had to reapply for my job. I really struggled with the injustice of this, as I had applied for and won my job on merit 7 years before, and felt that I had gained 7 years of valuable experience, and was really quite good at my job. I fell into the trap of feeling that I didn’t really need to justify my case for keeping my job.

When I had applied for, and won, jobs in the past, I had always approached the application and interview processes with the attitude that “this job is mine, and if I don’t get it, it’s my fault for not making the panel understand that I am the best person for this job” Unfortunately I wasn’t able to write my application with this attitude. The interview was even worse, and by the end, I almost felt like getting down on my knees and begging to stay. I hadn’t put my whole heart into the process, and this is one of the reasons why I was not successful in keeping my job.

So, if you have to go through a “spill and fill” process as I did, or you decide to apply for another job, apply for it as if your life depended on it. Build up your belief in yourself, and convince yourself, and the panel, that you are the only one who can do this job. Give it your whole heart!

If I can help in any way, please let me know in the comments section or, if you prefer, contact me directly.

My Organisation Is Being Downsized, What Should I Do About Redundancy?

Moving from Corporate to Business

When the Commonwealth Public Service job cuts started in late 2013, I used to laugh when people would ask me if I was worried about redundancy. “of course not,” I would say, “the government will always need legislative drafters. And besides, I’m blind, a woman., and a union delegate. They wouldn’t dare!” I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so shocked as I was on the day when we were all called into a meeting about restructure, and were told that our agency was going to cut the number of legislative drafters by half. We would all be interviewed for our current jobs, and those were ranked in the top 50 % would keep their employment. The rest would be offered voluntary redundancies.

Some people cried, and some talked quietly in the corridors. I shut myself in my office and just sat there for half an hour, sipping water. I couldn’t think, and all my bravado had disappeared.

Then the questions flooded in – why should I have to apply for a job that I already applied for and won? What happens if I’m not in the top 50 %? Should I take a package, or take my chances trying to find a job during the redeployment period? What happens if I can’t find a job? How will I pay the mortgage?

I honestly thought that, when I joined the Public Service, I would have a safe and secure job for the rest of my life. This is what my parents, and everyone else had told me when I was young. They even said that if my job disappeared for some reason, I’d be put on something called the “unattached list” and would stay there until I was found another job. Not so, in these current times, anyway.

Over the next few posts, I will write more about what happened to me, the decisions I made, and why, and will be offering my recommendations for dealing with redundancy and job loss.

My first recommendation: If you have just found out that you may be made redundant, or may lose your job, just know that you will get through it. It may feel like the roof is falling in, but it’s not. It’s just creaking ominously overhead, but you’ll be OK.

If I can help in any way, please let me know in the comments section or, if you prefer, contact me directly.