Rising above redundancy

Event industry jobs for eventprofs

It’s a tough time out there. So many great events people have lost good jobs due to Covid cutbacks.

We are trying to help by advertising vacant roles and brilliant talent on our website and we’re doing our BNC best to keep people informed and connected.

We have been touched by the positivity shared within this industry and moved by the resilience shown by individuals who have been facing redundancies and hardships.

In honour of them we want to share their stories and hope that their courage will inspire others.

Emily's Story

I hosted my last event at Kensington Palace late February and that was it. Early March (before lockdown) our office was sent home as there was a confirmed case of Covid in the building. We were due to go in on a rotation but then lockdown kicked in. April I found myself on furlough and just returned back to work in July.

My role in Events is on hold for the foreseeable so I was invited back as a project manager, we intend on sub-letting our space and relocating to a downsized space. Makes sense seeing as we have all successfully been WFH since March.

I have no idea (same as everyone) when face to face events will happen so in the meantime I am grateful to have a job and with the same employer. I cancelled our Christmas party last week, with the rule of six it was the best thing to do, seeing as we are 190 persons in the office.

With regret I have been unable to keep my finger on the events pulse so I am in the dark with what’s happening in the industry, other than a difficult time of course.

I hope this time next year I am writing to you from an event overseas and we have a degree of normalcy in place. One where we can host, entertain, eat, drink and be sociable without limitations.

Until then, take care and keep in touch.

Harriet’s Story

11 weeks since I was made redundant; 100+ job applications, 2 part-time jobs and 2 unsuccessful interviews later and I am learning so much!

1. Know your worth - don't settle for a part-time role that wears you down mentally and takes away from the goal of a new full-time job just so you can 'pay the bills'.

2. Keep working on your skills - use your free time to enhance your skillset and keep your brain ticking over. Don't get lazy!

3. Feedback is critical - now more than ever, those who are seeking jobs NEED feedback from employers. While it is difficult to send feedback to thousands of applicants in the shortlisting stage, I encourage all recruiters/employers to please take the time to send valuable feedback to those you have interviewed. We need to know how we can improve for that next interview around the corner.

For anyone still on your job search following COVID redundancy, please share your learnings, encourage each other and keep circulating new opportunities. We will all get through this and will one day be laughing it all off!!

Sue’s Story

When I was made redundant in 2015 I was determined that I would only do the job I wanted and not just take any job. It took 3 years but it paid off – my current role is my favourite ever job!

Different time of course and I used all my redundancy money, but I also went on the dole and did a few different jobs e.g.1/2 time receptionist because I could. My previous corporate had almost broken my spirit and having a few short FTC’s helped restore my faith in corporations and gave me the chance to experience a few different organisations. I didn’t make tons of money but I discovered that my priorities changed as time went by and I began to rebuild my social life after having spent so much time traveling previously (something it thought I valued massively). I’d lost touch with so many people and during the redundancy time, I enjoyed that so much I deprioritised travel…

Something to remember is that

  1. do not be down heartened if recruiters don’t respond – it is just rudeness and no reflection on you. If its company you directly applied to – would you really want to work for someone who treats people like that?

  2. You don’t know what the recruiter hidden agenda is – don not take a rejection as you aren’t good enough. The decision may have even been made before you got in the room. They are often looking for something that doesn’t exist in terms of their expectations.

I know its easy to say, but I know from experience. All you can do is be yourself and speak the truth as you know it and if that’s not good enough for someone – it will be perfect for someone else.

Be targeted in your approach, research companies you would like to work for and look for connections within who can connect you.

I was lucky enough to have some great support and resources when I was made redundant and would be happy to share some ideas if anyone wanted to reach out.