Grab New Opportunities After Redundancy
It can be hard to push yourself forward to new career opportunities after you’ve been made redundant, but the truth is unless you do you may never get back into the swing of things.
No one is saying that it is easy to pick yourself back up after redundancy, let alone feel positive about applying for new jobs, but the longer you are out of work, the harder it is to explain breaks on your CV and the less appealing your attitude will be to potential employers.
Learn to Pick up SignalsSo how can you grab the opportunities that present themselves after you’ve been made redundant? Well, the first step is to put yourself in the position of recognising an opportunity. Lots of people can find themselves chatting to someone and not turn the situation to their advantage, or see details of an interesting company in an article or online and not think to send in their details.
Tuning your ‘career change radar’ to pick up the signals that could possibly be an interesting professional opportunity is the first step. Be ready to talk about yourself in a way which is appealing – think of your brief facts such as experience, job title, number of years’ experience – and, if appropriate, tell people that you’re looking for work.
Understand RedundancyThe second step is to understand why you were made redundant in the first place. This may sound harsh or unnecessary, but knowing just how upsetting and frustrating it can be to be made redundant, surely you’d want to do anything you can to stop it happening again? Even though lots of people have been made redundant during the recession, there may be reasons such as your attendance, commitment to the role, lack of fresh ideas or positive attitude, that could have contributed to it being you rather than a colleague that was let go. Think about it honestly and vow to change.
Keep Open-MindedYou need to be open-minded about the job you seek and where you’ll find it. People don’t go for one interview now and get a job for life. We can have a few different careers, or choose to work for ourselves, or work part-time for a better life-work balance. So rather than assuming that you need to quickly find a new job just like the one you’ve left, think outside the box about how you can live and pay your bills.
Keep Your CV UpdatedYou’ll never know when you’ll see a job online or company that appeals to you, so you have to be able to strike while the iron is hot. Have your CV ready to be emailed off (both as an attachment or to be cut-and-pasted within the body of the email – some companies won’t open attached files) instead of having to faff about with it.
You should also keep your skills up to date in order to keep your CV fresh – no one is going to be impressed with a CV that looks like it hasn’t been changed since your last employment if you’ve been out of work for a while. Go on a free course at the library or take an online course in something relevant and add it to your CV.