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24/04/2014 at 12:38
This might be long, but I will try and keep it as short as possible.
I joined my company 9 months ago as an Assistant HR Advisor. In the November we were told the whole department was likely to be outsourced which would mean redundancy or redployment to a suitable alternative. As a result a few people have left and I have been promoted to HR Advisor in the meantime. The final decision is due to be announced end of May which would mean the end of my notice period for redundancy would be end of June. I am planning on taking annual leave from 11th July and mat leave from 27th July so wouldn't be too drastic a difference.
I have since been offered a redeployment at the same money as my first job here but it's as an admin assistant so would look like a step back on my CV. The difference between redundancy money and staying for the paid maternity leave would be an extra 2 months pay if I stay.
Really my question is; would it be easier to stay and find a new HR job after ml with a non HR related job as my last employment (possibly making an Advisor job harder to get) OR take redundancy and have a good HR job as my last employment but without the safety net of a job to fall back on? I am sure I can explain both situations at interview stage but I'm worried about even getting that part of the process at the moment!
Any help or thoughts appreciated, I am in meetings this afternoon but will come back I promise! Thanks in advance.
24/04/2014 at 12:58
Can you negotiate on the job title?
If it was me I'd take the security of knowing I have a job to go back to as the redundancy payout will be small. Either way, you can make your mind up towards the end of maternity leave to look for another job elsewhere if you want to rather than go back to the other job but knowing that you have one will give you a financial safety net.
24/04/2014 at 13:09
I don't think I can negotiate on the title but I might be able to fudge it slightly on applications to be a project admin assistant or something...
If I don't come back I may have to repay some of my mat pay but I could come back into it for 2 months if I needed to before I was free to leave. My mum keeps saying to take redundancy as a better option but I think for me I would be less anxious about getting another job if I knew I had a back up. She's scaring me slightly by saying if I take the admin job it will set me back years!!
24/04/2014 at 13:18
It won't set you back years. If you decide to take the admin job and then want to look for a new job in the future you can state on it 'redundancy redeployment' then anyone looking at it will know. These days people have a much more varied career history an employer will understand this as long as it is explained.
24/04/2014 at 14:17
Is the Admin position within HR or in another department?
24/04/2014 at 15:47
That's what I was hoping. It's a bit of a tricky situation so I am hoping employers will understand. Thanks Cedar.
NB its within project management so vaguely relatable I guess? It was the only department with vacancies that I said I would consider so I don't get too far away from HR. It's not a brilliant match mind.
24/04/2014 at 19:12
I would stay with it and have your mat leave, you have something to go back to and generally it is easier to find a job from a job. I am also in HR but moved away from it for six months after being made redundent, didn't effect my future career choices at all. Unless the redundency pay out would be amazing I would hang tight for now x
24/04/2014 at 19:41
That's encouraging thank you. It will be a nice way to relax into maternity leave as I won't have to travel to different sites! I will just have to go to the branch meetings and keep a toe in that way. Thanks for the help x
24/04/2014 at 20:22
Late to this (also HR here) but in your case I would take the redeployment for security. Cedar is right with adding redundancy redeployment to your CV. As long as you can explain it, there shouldn't be much of a step backwards and it will give you a bit of breathing space for when you go back.
25/04/2014 at 09:03
Thanks ladies. I think I am going to accept the job. Fear of the unknown is worse that a (hopefully minor) set back. I think I'm just gutted as I've finally been given a qualified Advisor position but even if it was only for a couple of months it's better than nothing!
25/04/2014 at 10:43
Could you be doing any additional HR training while in that role, either with the company or on your own to help with a transition to a new role after?
25/04/2014 at 10:49
Looking on the positive side of things though Jonesy the role is within the same company where you have been in that advisor role you would hope to move into again in the future, you can put the someone in that department down to give you a reference for that particular role or alternativaly if they are leaving the company you could ask them for a reference for that role as part of your re-deployment? that would not be unusual practice when moving into a non-core skill role.
25/04/2014 at 10:56
Kapowski my plan is to start going to CIPD branch meetings in the new year to keep track of what changes are coming in etc and will look at doing a course through the CIPD to keep my skills up. I know my company won't offer anything so I am quite happy to sort it myself. I also do some free lance policy writing work at the moment which hopefully will continue and I am sure I could get a reference for that too.
NB I will ask my manager for a reference based on my Advisor work before I leave. I think she's also going and I don't know the other managers as well so will ask for this sooner rather than later.
I spoke to my mum last night as well and she was very optimistic about getting a new role before going back, she also mentioned just saying I was an Advisor the whole time (she's also HR so should know better...) but I think as you all have said it's easily explainable and sadly happens so often these days that it shouldn't be too off putting.
25/04/2014 at 10:59
I think your Mum does have a point, I would perhaps use that as a reason for wanting to change roles but I think the time you will be in the new role before mat leave will make it insignificant!! I have just signed up to do the new CIPD Talent Module as it looks really interesting and thats the area of HR I am in - will do whilst on mat leave!
25/04/2014 at 11:08
I think it will be 6 weeks as I'm pretty sure they won't let me go before my notice runs out so really it will almost be no time at all. I will have a gander on their site this weekend. Are you doing it online or with class time?
25/04/2014 at 11:20
With some class time too, but not until BF is established. I just feel I want to stay in with different practices as things change so quickly and I don't want to feel out of the loop
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