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Monday, 11 January 2016

ADVICE: How to survive redundancy

How to survive redundancy


You may have recently seen that I was made redundant.
It was a huge shock to be completely honest but I hold no ill feelings. Some things just happen. It's a mantra I've gotten used to in the last couple of years and one I try to live by to keep me more positive.

But I thought maybe my experience could be used by others to help, alleviate the pressure a little and help with the inevitable stress.

So first things first - don't panic. It's not going to help. Have a cry, scream, shout or whatever you need to, in the privacy of your own home. Have a cup of tea (because we all know that's going to help). Sit and evaluate. You're going to be ok.



Your CV
So the next thing you're going to need to do is get your CV in order. Make sure it is completely up to date, check it thoroughly for spelling and grammar, and proof-read it. Do the same for your covering letter.
To make sure you are presenting the best possible information about yourself. Work out what job you really want. Knowing what you're aiming for means you can tailor your CV to give yourself the best possible chance.

Register with an agency, or two
Find local recruitment agencies, especially any that specialise in your particular job area. If your looking for Marketing, find a Marketing specialist. Admin, look for an office specialist etc. They will help a lot, especially if you need some extra help with your CV or interview skills.

Apply for jobs
I've always had the most success with Reed in my job search, especially as it stores all your applied jobs and allows you to add notes and interview dates. Make sure you have a strong covering letter and tailor it to each of your applications.

Whilst you wait
Let's be honest, the job offers probably aren't going to come flooding in straight away. In fact the invitations to interview are going to take some time.
So whilst you wait, update your portfolio. Research the places you'd love to work and contact them. Do interview prep.
If you're at home, be productive. Clean and tidy the house then it's one less thing to worry about when you do go back to work.
For me, I worked on some blog posts, including this post, to keep my mind occupied, to feel like I was still doing something. Admittedly I'm in a tough situation being pregnant and all that, but what will be, will be.

And most importantly, although probably the hardest of all, stay optimistic.
You will find a new job, it's just a matter of time, persevere and be the best that you can be.

So what about you?
Have you been made redundant?
How did you get back on your feet?
Leave your tips or questions in the comments below.

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  1. Sorry that happened to you, but it sounds like you've got a really positive outlook. A similar thing happened to me when I was a teacher, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened. It took me longer than I hoped to find a job, so I spent a year as a nanny. However, I was able to really decide what I wanted in a career, and it gave me quite a clear head moving forward. Good luck moving forward!

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    1. Thank you. It's been rough but trying to stay positive because negativity will get me no where fast! Xx

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