The word ‘redundancy’ can be pretty scary and certainly not something employees want to hear. Upon hearing this news, you will likely go through a variety of emotions. Experiencing the initial shock, to anger, frustration, disappointment and worry. Looking for new employment can be a daunting thought for many. Even more so if you have been with your current employer for a long period of time.
I recently met with a Site Engineer who was made redundant after working over two decades with the same employer. He worked so long with his employer because he enjoyed the projects he worked on and got on well with his colleagues. In his own words, he 'became comfortable’ over the years and never considered moving.
Understandably, he was rather shocked by the news of his redundancy. Speaking with him he had considered working freelance later on in his career. Upon reflection, he decided now was the time to venture into freelance work. I found his viewpoint refreshing and loved how he saw this as an opportunity. Whilst redundancy is a daunting and scary process, it goes to show how this unfortunate news can turn into something positive.
I appreciate that not everyone’s situation is the same when going through the redundancy process. If you haven’t thought of undertaking freelance work before then this could be your chance to explore it. Depending on the role, freelance work can sometimes offer more flexibility. It can also offer a broader variety of projects and higher earning potential than a permanent role.
The Site Engineer I met was looking to work as soon as possible as he didn’t want to be out of work for too long. I'm pleased to say we managed to secure him a freelance position within a couple of days of him registering with us. The fast pace of the freelance market can be a blessing at times! For me, as the recruiter, I get a lot of satisfaction seeing someone pick up work so quickly. I'm pleased to have been a part of this process and was able to help him move into the freelance market.
If you are currently being affected by redundancy and would like to discuss your situation, please get in touch.
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