In our career coaching practice we work with many clients seeking a new role after redundancy. This article summarises some of the key tips and strategies to successfully used by our clients to cope with redundancy and get into a new and fulfilling role.
For reasons of space we have put in links to pages that give further details on things like writing a CV that will get you interviews. If you follow the advice in this guide you will give yourself every chance of getting your next role.
Managing the Psychological Impact of Redundancy
- Whether you are expecting it, want it or don’t want it, getting made redundant will have a psychological effect. This is a normal human reaction to the situation. You may start of by finding it hard to accept that it has happened and it will take some time to sink in. It can feel like a rejection by the very organisation where you have invested so much of your time and effort. These feelings of denial can be followed by feelings of anger which can then lead to depression. Not everyone goes through these stages and for some they can take time to work through and for others it can be quicker. The main thing to understand is that they are normal
Managing Your Time
- Because of the psychological implications of redundancy it is sensible to take some time out to get acclimatised to your situation. The time spent doing this will of course depend on your financial needs. But you do not want to turn up at a job interview with very raw feelings about your last employer because it will show at interview and is likely to mean you don’t get the job
- You also need to take some time out to consider what it is you want to do next. Many of our careers coaching clients have decided that redundancy from one organisation is the time to start doing something new. This might be in a different industry sector or function. Sometimes it is the start of them becoming self-employed
- When you work for an organisation much of your time is structured and dictated for you with meetings, events and jobs to be done. Once you are redundant this means that you face a week with no structure. Initially this can be a welcome and exciting prospect. But eventually you will find that something like playing golf 5 times a week can become dull and boring. So you need to plan ahead how you intend to use your time. Much of it can be used for the activities described here. But leave some time for the things you love to do but have never really had the time
Getting Your Finances Sorted Out
- This will probably be at the front of your mind anyway. But your financial situation may well dictate your strategy for your job search. So if you have had a generous redundancy package you may feel financially secure for 6 months. If you received the statutory minimum payment you may need to get into work fast
- Work out your family budget and what your incomings and outgoings are going to be
- Make sure you go to the job centre to find out what benefits you are entitled to. For instance this is important because you won’t be making NI contributions and the reason for this needs to be noted on your NI records
- If you need to you should inform your mortgage provider that you are out of work and want to reschedule your payments
Deciding on Your Next Job
- Take the time to consider what you would really like to do next. At this stage don’t worry about what you do or don’t know. Consider from your life up to now what are the things that were happening in a day that when you woke up you felt really energised. List 10 of them. Also consider the 10 things that you were doing that made you feel drained when you woke up in the morning. You should be looking for the type of role that has most of your energisers and few of your drains. You can find out more about the kind of roles that might be right for you on our Help Me Find Me a Career page.
- To find out more about different roles you can use your network. This is explained further down
Write a CV That Will Get Interviews
- The foundation for any successful job search is a concise and punchy CV that will get read by recruiters.
- The evidence shows that a good CV is 80% more likely to get you an interview so it is worth spending a fair bit of time on this
- You should start by writing a chronological CV which is a traditional CV which lists the jobs that you have had starting with the most recent first. Your CV needs to be constructed so that the recruiter knows how you skills and experience match the requirements of the job by two thirds of the way down page one
- Everything you need to know can be found on this link about Writing a CV that Gets You Interviews
- If you are considering changing job role or industry sector you may need to consider writing a skills based CV. In this kind of CV you focus on your skills and achievements and your career history comes last. How to write this kind of CV along with an example can be found in our article How to Write a Skills Based CV
- Once you have written a CV that you are 90% happy with you can start to consider your job search and marketing
Job Search and Marketing
- The single most powerful way of getting the role that you want is by networking. This enables you to get feedback on your CV, better still it means people will read your CV. Networking in essence gives you access to jobs before they come on to the open market. It is estimated that over 70% of jobs get filled in this way so it is a route you cannot afford to ignore. Certainly the vast majority of our career coaching clients get the role that they want in this way.
- You may consider using Recruitment Agencies or Executive Search firms, known in the trade as Headhunters. Please follow the links to understand how to do this effectively.
- Once you know what you want to do, have got a great CV and have begun your networking and marketing you will start to get interviews
- Success at interviews comes from good preparation. Do not expect to go to an interview without the right preparation and be successful – it rarely happens
- As career coaches we spend a lot of time with our clients helping them prepare for interview. The advice we give is contained in our articles on Competency Based Interviews and Interviews – How to be Successful. If you follow these guides you can prepare yourself to present yourself confidently at any interview. We also provide advice on how to answer Difficult Interview Questions and provide a list of the Most Common Interview Questions
By following this advice and guidance we find that our career coaching clients are able to overcome the problems associated with redundancy and set out to find the career that they really want. It may take some time but if you set out in the ways described here you will get the job that you want.
Keywords; Career Coaching, Coaching, CV, Skills Based CV, Interviews, Difficult Interview Questions, Career Coaching Clients, Networking, Redundancy, Getting a job, Finding a job
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