Why you should never burn those former employment bridges

This stay at home mom, after 11 1/2 years, is an employed mom and it only took me 2 weeks of seriously looking to get employed. That’s why you should never burn those former employment bridges, and I’ll explain why.

My resumé could easily be 4 pages if I listed everything I’ve done since I started working at the age of 16. Even listing only the relevant information since graduating from college, after serious condensing, took two pages. There just wasn’t a way to mash it down to one.

Just one of the places I worked over the last 25 years is a company called Searls Windows and Doors, Inc.  Understand that these folks have PAID me a paycheck. I am not getting paid to advertise them here, but they are giving me employment. (I think that should cover the FCC regulations on full-disclosure).

This will be the third time, yes 3rd time they have hired me. I worked in the office from 1997-2000. Then, wanting to work in a service industry, I left there to become a 911 dispatcher.

I know; what’s WRONG with me? I went from working regular office hours with weekends and holidays off, to working afternoon shift, rotating days off and 90% of the holidays. Though, if I hadn’t worked there, I never would have met fellow CN blogger Dave Wright, so I guess it all worked out for the good! But I digress.

While working as a dispatcher, I finally got pregnant (5 years into trying). While I was pregnant and nearing delivery, I was invited back to Searls for one of the long-term employee’s retirement party.

While at the party, the office manager and I tossed around the idea of me working from home in some capacity, and eventually, we hammered something out. When my oldest was two months old, Searls brought me back on board as a part-time telecommuter – time number 2.

In 2005, the housing market had started into it’s decline and a large number of us were laid off. It was pretty tough to have a big staff when your industry is supplying windows and doors to new construction, and that new construction came to a screeching halt.

It wasn’t a huge hit for me and my family, but I know it was really hard on some of the other employees. Sad times.

Along the way, I sent Christmas card updates, and ran into some of the Searls family members around town. I also purchased some replacement windows and a patio door from them during remodel times. We stayed in touch and remained friends. That’s the beauty of working for a small, family-owned business.

Fast-forward to two weeks ago when I walked into the Searls’ office building with a brand new resumé in hand asking for work.

One of the Searls family, also an employee, took time out of her day (I was a totally unscheduled visitor) to talk with me. She and I had never worked together, but she “knew” me from my Christmas card updates.

She graciously took my resumé and said that she would get back to me. She did. I had a “proper” interview last Wednesday, and yesterday morning, she called and offered me a job – time number three.

These wonderful people understand the value and importance of family and volunteer work, so much so that they are working my schedule around my kid’s school hours, and the WANT me to keep my volunteer commitments at church. How amazing is that?

I get paid to work in an office again, therefore building up a recent work history, and they get someone they know and trust to fill in as needed. I’m so blessed.

That is why you should never burn those former employment bridges; you just never know when they will be necessary to get to where you want to go.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

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