I lost my job today

This definitely wasn’t the post I was planning on writing today.

There is nothing quite like a phone call from your boss just when you are about to enter the theatre to see a play you have looked forward to.
The fact that he called to tell me that I was fired kind of took the fun out of going to the theatre completely.

I lost my job. I have until January to find a new one, then I will be without income and in trouble, as London is a bit too expensive to live in without having a job to pay the rent. I would lie if I said I wasn’t worried about all this, I am. Very worried. The credit crunch is still very much present in London (and the reason I lost my job) and I really hope there is a job for me out there because I am not ready to leave London yet.

Did I see it coming? Not this fast no. I knew the company was having a hard time, but I didn’t know it was this bad and I definitely did not expect to get fired this year. How wrong I was.

When I think back about the persistence and motivation I had when I came to London 3.5 years ago I can’t believe it was me just quitting my job and moving to London. Where did I get that courage from then? The job situation is definitely different now and it is going to be hard work the coming months. The timing is not very fortunate either. Nothing much will happen in December on the job market I am sure.

It is back to writing job applications, updating my CV and crossing my fingers in the hope that somewhere out there there is a job for someone like me. Wish me luck, I will need it.

I guess this blog will turn into a job hunting diary for a while. And if you happen to know someone who knows someone who can use someone like me (a creative multi skilled project manager with a very solid IT background) then, you know, I am right here.

In an hour I have a meeting with my boss in a Starbucks where I will hear when exactly my employment ends and if I am expected to come to the office for the remaining time.

That’s the girl in the cafe for all the wrong reasons.

14 thoughts to “I lost my job today”

  1. Oh my God. That sucks big time.
    I hope you’ll find a new job soon. Maybe you can try at the clients from your current (previous) job or an employement agency?
    Get yourself a “job gun” and go hunting! Good luck!

  2. Jeeze -Im so sorry – keeping my eyes open for anything that may suit and my fingers cross for you.

  3. Oh my! This sucks. Do you happen to have a LinkedIn account or your cv as a pdf? So I can forward that one to some of my colleagues with lots of contacts in and around London?
    Good luck, you’ll find yourself a new job!

  4. Anybody who follows your blogging knows how cool you are. We all love the stuf you produce and your insights into the industry. I bet you’ll find an awesome new role soon!

  5. OMG – bad news ! I do hope that you’ll find a new (and good) job, you’re such a skilled person. Wishing you good luck – I’ll keep my fingers crossed !

  6. Oh no… I guess it’s not easy to think positive right now (but please try..) Good luck!

  7. Gosh, that is horrible. I don’t really know what to say that hasn’t already been said. Good luck with the job hunting.

  8. Oh dear! I am so sorry to hear about that Ingrid… Fingers crossed!! You are multi-talented and full of ideas, so I am sure you will find something very soon!!

  9. I’m really sorry to hear that Ingrid. You’re a real “do-er” so any company would be lucky to have you. Good luck with the search.

  10. Thanks to every single one of you for the encouraging comments. It really feels good to know that you are out there.

    @Sonnetje – I will send you my Cv in PDF on Wednesday when I am back in London. Thanks so much for offering this! Will also update my linkedin account soon.

  11. I was devastated to read this post. To get a phone call like that seems so cold, but I doubt it is ever easy for those on the other side to tell someone they are losing their job. Let’s just say that you needed to be freed from your present job so that you will look for the new opportunities that await you! Let’s say that great and wonderful adventures lie just around the corner! And, well, you didn’t like all that IT anyway… I will continue to think positively for you! Fingers crossed!

  12. I’m about to e-mail you. Let me just say that you are so incredibly talented, and all will go well. xoxoxox

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