A couple of weeks ago, I was told my entire team was being made redundant. One member was being moved sideways into a different department, two long-term contractors had their terms terminated, leaving me. So I immediately started looking for other roles.
In the meantime it became apparent - as I suspected - that this decision was premature. There is simply too much important business knowledge being lost as a result of this decision not to cause significant short-term problems.
I am now being encouraged to re-apply for a different internal role, presumably so that they can retain more essential skills in the short term. It represents a promotion. I meet all the essential criteria for this role, but I am not a great fit: the relevant experience is about a decade old. Also, I am unsure about how I might feel in taking on the extra responsibilities going forward.
My external job search, meanwhile, has gone well. I have a theoretical offer on the table - all that remains is to finalise terms, which will happen next week. Although this role is a good fit for my skills, the environment is somewhat peculiar and I am a little nervous about making the transition.
I have been told by HR that I should make my internal application right away and that I can withdraw at any time while retaining my redundancy benefits if I choose to do so. This leaves me with two problems:
I'm not sure I trust this advice, and I don't want to get locked into an internal application process which would disqualify me from redundancy benefits if I pull out.
If I do get the internal promotion, I am very concerned that the company might make use of having my business knowledge around for a few more months and then take steps to remove me again for a better candidate.
Are either of my fears realistic, or am I worrying unduly?