First let me say. I'm sorry but that just sucks.
I have been interviewing with a company, received an unconditional job offer, handed in my notice, turned down other job offers and then I am given a "heads up" by them that the start date is unknown "at this stage" due to the employee I was replacing who decided to stay longer in the job. This is UK.
I experienced almost the exact same thing many years ago, and it too was with a UK company. You see, I live in Toronto, Canada but interviewed with a UK company for a new job. The situation was different in that they were setting up office here in Toronto.
I had tried to protect myself, and asked for the job offer in writing with a start date.
What do I do? I am jobless within 1 week and I do not want to give up on the job as this might be a breach of contract on my side. What should I do? I feel they are not reassuring me enough that things are going to be solved. Please help, I am desperate.
That was my situation too. I had a written offer and everything looked good. I resigned my job (also done in writing) and my employer even threw a goodbye lunch party. I also spent some time telling people how excited I was for my new job. My employer had also hired a replacement while I was awaiting my new job to start.
The date arrived and the new office was nowhere to be found. The UK company had failed to get their new location going. I was given also an "indefinite" start date.
You took the risk
You quit your job. That's all on you. You're so focused right now on what happen and how you feel about it that you're wasting time.
You are basically unemployed and if you are lucky your old employer will take you back, but as in my case that door closed.
You have only two options on the table right now
- Do nothing and continue to place your trust in a company that has already wronged you.
- Start your job search and find a job.
You're right to be angry
You sure are in the right to be mad. I know I was angry when this happen to me. Sadly, it doesn't change anything and often makes it difficult to focus on finding another job.
Take walks or do some jogging to release the stress. Write the company an angry letter, print it out and burn it. Do what you need to do but get past this quickly as time is money.