I’ve been at this current job for about 6 months now. 6 months ago, I was laid off from a job that I held for 6 years. It was a comfortable position. I knew the company and its processes well, I am acquainted with most of the people. I think my customers love me and I feel my team respects me. There were bittersweet moments in that job of course but overall, the pros of being in that position outweighed the cons. I would be too lazy to move to a new job at a new company and disrupt that equilibrium.
Or so I thought.
But it wasn’t really for me to decide, is it? A declining market share played its hand and overnight, I was thrust with a retrenchment package and left out there in the throes of job seekers, a predicament that left me clueless and scared because I had been out of touch for the last 6 years. And I wasn’t the only one. There were 140 of us with similar skill sets and competition is stiff. I fervently tried to look for jobs, revamped my resume at least three times in two weeks in the hope that some recruiter would take a second look at it.
I thought about looking for a different kind of job or one that would be different from what I had done all these years but the truth is … I couldn’t afford the luxury of browsing and contemplating my options. They were too limited and I had precious few to waste.
I only received one formal interview. Sure, I had calls but most of the calls came from recruitment agencies trying to field you into a category or they came from insurance companies. I was getting discouraged but I guessed I was lucky. I was a last minute contender for this job and I made it into the “Top Three”. Eventually I landed with the job. I am safe once again. Even luckier was the fact that this current job allows me to venture into a new job scope altogether even though the job title is the same. It threw me off my comfort zone and I was plainly going to be uncomfortable but I am not going down without a fight. Everything I didn’t know how to do, I still told them that I would do it and I could do it. Fast forward 6 months later, I am still not adept but I have broken many new grounds and made a few personal firsts.