Ten ways to survive redundancy

first_img Previous Article Next Article Careersconsultancy Penna Sanders & Sidney offers ten tips to help cope withredundancy.KeepconfidentDon’tlet layoffs intimidate you. The job market is not as bad as cynics would haveyou believe. No matter what the economic landscape looks like, talented andskilled managers are always in demand.Network,network, networkThemajority of jobseekers use personal contacts and networking to find a new job.Build a strong network by keeping in touch with personal and professionalcontacts and by joining industry associations. Attend industry functions andcold call the companies you want to work for. The more people you speak to, themore opportunities open up.Re-evaluateyou careerRedundancycan be the perfect opportunity to try a new career path. Use a careermanagement service to take assessment tests and determine whichresponsibilities you are best suited to. You may surprise yourself by findingyour skills, personality characteristics and work style are better suited to atotally different job.Balanceyour ideas against what you can afford to doMaybeyou can afford to do voluntary work, take time out abroad or go freelance.Maybe you can’t. Investigate and add up the total cost of your plans, then lookat future sources of income. If in doubt, seek professional financial advice.Updateyour CVThisis the key that can open doors and it must reflect your most recentachievements. Make sure it’s the best it can be by consulting careers servicesand websites who offer advice on CV writing.Researchthe marketGettinghold of information about industries and potential employers is no longer thehard slog it once was. The Internet offers a vast array of resources and youcan use it to find details about job responsibilities, corporate culture andcompany financial information.KeeplearningWhetherit’s in your personal life – a cookery course or learning to play an instrument– or a professional skill, for example, getting to grips with technology,employers like employees who have a thirst and aptitude for learning newskills.Knowyourself and your backgroundThisis not as straightforward as it sounds. Get to know your CV like the back ofyour hand and understand every aspect of your work history. Rehearse your accomplishmentsand know why they were important to your company.Stayon topKeepabreast of news and trends in your field by reading newspapers, trade journals,industry publications and web sites. Consider taking a short course to put youat the cutting edge of your field.Followup your contactsBeresponsive to all the people you’ve spoken to along the way – those you’veasked for help, the people who’ve interviewed you… Don’t be afraid to askdifficult questions – what you learn may land you your next position. Comments are closed. Ten ways to survive redundancyOn 16 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more