Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rehired! (My Personal Story Part II)

When I shared my story in the blog post entitled "How I Bounced Back from the Sack", I was overwhelmed by the support I received. I alluded to the fact that there was some upheaval at work at the time that post was published, without exactly divulging all the details.

It is a twisted story with many lessons. By the time this is posted it would have been around two weeks since I (re)started my new job. Confused? let me explain.
First week at my 'new' job
I have been at my company for six years working in different departments, but within the same organisation. In June 2015, I was awarded a year's secondment (a secondment is when you are on loan to a department or organisation for a fixed period of time, whilst your original position is kept warm for you.), and around three months into my one years secondment, I was told that my contract would be extended for another year. I was ECSTATIC. Not only was the position a MASSIVE step up from what I was doing originally,I also loved my new team, and the job offered a better work life balance.

So from when I was given the good news until early this year, I was very much in the knowledge and the belief that I would be sitting comfy in my new position for a little longer than anticipated.

How naive.
My years' contract in pictures
I think it was February or March this year, my stony faced manager took me into her office to tell me that she was sorry, but HR had rejected her application to keep me on for a year longer, and come June I would have to go back to my original post.

I. Was. Floored.

From then, I was consumed by thoughts of going back to a role that I thought I had grown out of. I thought about colleagues that joined my organisation after me, and had basically frog leaped over me to higher positions. I couldn't help but think about all I had poured into two degrees; about the number of  "we regret to inform you..." emails and the repetitive advice to "keep trying".
After getting over the initial disappointment, I went into "fight mode". This meant upgrading my LinkedIn account and sending out a ton of emails and CVs, which proved a futile exercise. It was as if heaven had shut the "career" door in my face, and God was looking down, and laughing in hysterics whilst I chased my own tail.

June was approaching fast, and as the countdown wilted down from months to weeks and finally days, I was becoming more panic stricken. My search for a new job became more frantic, and less focused. Because I was desperate, I almost willing to sell my soul for absolutely anything. The feeling of dread in my chest was becoming unbearable. And then June 22nd arrived.

This story is kind of long, so we'll continue next time :-) In the meantime, please comment below with any job hunting tips you may have. 



  1. What a pity that must have been to hear you were no longer staying in that position for another year - the changing of minds must have been a real shock to you, I can understand that. Looking forward to reading part two to see what happened from that point! Hope you're having a fab weekend so far Madeline :)

    1. Hi Gabrielle. It was so soul destroying. But don't be dismayed yet. There is more to come :-) As always, thank you for passing through.

  2. It is hard out here - I was in a similar position a couple of years ago but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Looking forward to reading part two!

    1. It is ruthless out there! I am glad it all turned out well for you:-) Thanks for reading.

  3. Arrasou amei o look, tenha uma semana abençoada, obrigado pela visita.

  4. Its so hurting and heartbreaking when things don't go as planned and well. I've been through this numerous times. The last time it happened, I was so pissed I fired myself and left right after the meeting. They were like don't leave till your time is up, because if you do you can't come to work for us in the future, but I really didn't care. Out I went! Ha!! Probably not a good thing, but I couldn't think straight at that point. I was furious!! Ha!
    Waiting for part 2.


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