Woman, 23, shares heartbreaking letter online after second redundancy

Woman, 23, shares heartbreaking letter online after second redundancy

11/13/2020

Business graduate who’s been made redundant twice in six months due to Covid racks up 1 million LinkedIn views with emotional post vowing to never give up on dream job – and employers are already asking for her CV

  • Jessica Leigh, from Chelmsford, Essex, was delighted with her first dream job
  • But the impact of COVID-19 saw sales drop and meant a bout of redundancies
  • In August, she found work again in customer services at a garage door company 
  • But on Sunday, the 23-year-old was told she would be made redundant again
  • Heartbroken by the news, the graduate took to LinkedIn to explain the situation

A business graduate’s open letter about the heartache of being made redundant twice in six months due to the coronavirus pandemic has been widely shared online – with potential employers already asking for her CV.

Jessica Leigh, from Chelmsford, Essex, penned an emotional post about her ordeal on LinkedIn – which has since gone viral, with more than a million views, after she vowed to never give up on her dream job.

The 23-year-old was delighted with her first perfect job working with jewellery and hair accessories in a buying office after studying a four-year-degree. 

But with the retail sector closing in March due to COVID-19, sales dropped dramatically and a bout of redundancies meant Jessica found herself jobless in June. 

In August, she managed to find work again in customer service at a garage door company and the new position prompted Jessica to start stocking up on furniture for her first home.

But things came crashing back down on Sunday evening when she was once again told she would be made redundant because of the second lockdown.  

Jessica Leigh (pictured), from Chelmsford, Essex, was delighted with her first dream job working with jewellery and hair accessories in a buying office after studying a four-year-degree

Heartbroken by the news she was going to be made redundant for a second time, the 23-year-old took to LinkedIn and poured her heart out in a post (pictured) to explain her situation and begin the job search once again

Heartbroken by the news, she took to LinkedIn and poured her heart out to explain her situation and begin the job search once again. 

In the statement, she said: ‘With a heavy heart, I am heartbroken to say… It’s happened again. 

‘After a really tough year with redundancy in June, I finally started to feel like my life was back on track, after starting a new role in August! Only to receive bad news again. 

‘Last night, I received a call from my employer, to be told I was being made redundant, due to the business impact of COVID-19. 

‘Last week, I was purchasing wine glasses, new cutlery, arranging house viewings and I was so excited at the prospect of purchasing my first home. 

Jessica had found a house in Braintree, Essex, which she adores and hopes to be her first home. Her goal is to find work in the next two weeks so that she can still get a mortgage with her boyfriend (pictured together)

‘This week, I am enhancing my CV, networking, and investing all my time into job hunting. 2020 has been a crazy year! You never know what is around the corner.’ 

Jessica added: ‘But, I am staying positive! I am thankful for my health, and beyond grateful for my amazing friends and family. I will not give up, and am more determined than ever to restart my career.

‘One thing that I am certain of, is that I WILL find my dream role. The job hunt is in full swing. I am eager and motivated to get back into work as soon as possible.’ 

The post received one million views and 60,000 likes within just 48 hours of it going live – with employers even asking for her CV.

Jessica continues to be positive and has since said: ‘It has been so tough. I am only 23. I have a four-year degree and I had just started a job in the industry I love. For it all to be taken away due to no fault of my own was absolutely heartbreaking! 

Jessica’s post received one million views and 60,000 likes within just 48 hours of it going live – with employers even asking for her CV (pictured)

‘To go from that exciting prospect to the position I am in now, changed overnight.  Redundancy is such a scary life event. But, I want people to know that you should never give up. Tough times create strong people!’ 

Jessica had found a house in Braintree, Essex, which she adores and hopes to be her first home. Her goal is to find work in the next two weeks so that she can still get a mortgage with her boyfriend. 

‘I think people really resonated with my post,’ she said.  ‘I was buying home items for my bottom draw, wine glasses, and arranging house viewings – and this week I’m back to square one. Jobless again. 

‘But this has lighted my fire even more. It’s all to play for, the sooner I get back into work, the sooner I can buy my first house!’ 

Jessica (pictued) is keen to get back to work and is looking for any buying, customer service, admin or office roles

Jessica has been overwhelmed by the support, and hopes that she can help others in the same position to stay positive. 

‘Everyone has been so kind,’ she said.  ‘I am so grateful for an amazing support network around me of family and friends. In situations like this, it’s easy to give up. I really struggled last redundancy with why me? 

‘But this time, after getting my last role fairly quickly and with all the support my mindset has completely changed. Positive vibes only! 

‘The drive and motivation of purchasing my own home is driving me to secure my new role. Anyone who is going through the same thing, put yourself out there, be vulnerable, sell yourself and don’t give up. Better days are coming.’ 

Jessica is keen to get back to work and is looking for any buying, customer service, admin or office roles. She has a business degree, admin and customer service skills as well as plenty of enthusiasm.

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