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.