THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF REDUNDANCY
Redundancy hurts that’s for sure. I’ve been through the pains and there is no bigger ‘kick in the guts’ for your career than being told it’s over. It’s usually a shock that will hit you mentally and emotionally. For many that just sends a shiver racing down their spines especially if you thought you had a comfortable job and a reliable income. But redundancy doesn’t have to be the beast or devasting in many ways, there can actually be some positive aspects to redundancy. Believe it or not!
I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether you have become part of some digital disruption with companies restructuring or outsourcing, or due to COVID-19, you may look back one day and say it was the best thing that happened (today may be too soon). Just don’t burn bridges at your former workplace. You never know when you’ll need to cross them again.
We can easily become complacent with our careers and nestle into a comfy spot without being encouraged to grow or expand. That is until someone pushes you to take action. Maybe a redundancy will also enable you to use that timely windfall to invest in further education and make you indispensable for any future employers. It’s like future-proofing yourself to avoid another redundancy. There are numerous training programs and opportunities available at the moment, many with subsidies available, to give you a greater chance of seizing the opportunity to climb the career ladder in your next move.
EMBRACING THE CHANGE OF DIRECTION
Pursuing a career change is a big move, a giant leap, and can be filled in trepidation of the unknown. It can be time-consuming preparing for the onslaught of job applications and therefore it is recommended you get a professional resume ready – this is where I can assist you. Embracing the change for the better, realise your dreams, and pursue the opportunities you were otherwise too cautious to believe in.
USE THE TIME WISELY
Use this ‘down’ time to reflect, analyse and think through what you really want in your career, what are you best suited to, and what you really would like to do in the next career move.
Maybe it’s a great time to work on yourself, do some personal growth and healing sessions so you come through this time as a better version of yourself.
When you are drowning in a sea of doubt and the unknown it may be difficult to keep a positive outlook but it will make you more attractive to the next employer if you can. One of the best ways to keep yourself thinking positively is to maintain some exercise regime, the endorphins will keep you smiling and powering on. Debrief with a trusted friend or seek career counseling if you need to.
Initially, you may feel shocked then you will become angry or understandably pissed off, but once you accept your new-found status, then you will be able to move forward and embrace the opportunity. That’s when you can build on the positivity.
USE YOUR NETWORK TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Your personal network is a brilliant place to explore new opportunities to source a new job opportunity. They often can introduce you or share some knowledge of opportunities in your area that would otherwise be missed. Understand that 60-70 per cent of available jobs are in the hidden job market, requiring courage to network and to approach companies directly.
BUILDING MORE EXPERIENCE
It is often said that if you want something done, ask a busy person. Let that busy person be you right now. Start building on your experience by volunteering for an organization (who knows they just might be seeking someone like you anyway), help out as a consultant, do some temporary or short contract work, even consider freelancing for a while. The biggest benefit is the people you will meet along the way. Many employers will be watching you if they are considering hiring someone and you may just present with the right attitude where they can build on your skills later. The distraction of volunteering will also help you to maintain a positive attitude.
BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF
This is a great time to also look in the mirror and revamp yourself. Not only with a professional resume in hand (contact me to assist you) but look at your LinkedIn profile and update it. Highlight the most relevant experience to what you want to go on to form the next career move and match keywords from job descriptions. Ask people for a recommendation on LinkedIn. Is it truly representing the best version of yourself? Look at other social media and ensure there is nothing offensive on your pages. Trust me, recruiters and employers look at your social media! Don’t undervalue or underestimate yourself.
If financially you need some employment ASAP, take on what you need to and give yourself breathing space to work out what it is you really want to do but keep working on the career goal – whether that is to continue further studies or seeking the career path you really want.
If you would like to seize the opportunity to upgrade your resume to a professional format, then please contact me to arrange a chat.