Today we have a look at how you might manage yourself through job loss or redundancy. How you prepare can really impact your job search outcome.
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Justin O’Keeffe from Talent Force Recruitmentt, continuing our mission to help parents who are trying to work, people who are looking perhaps for more family-friendly work arrangements.

So, today we’re going to talk about what to do if you’re going through the difficult question of redundancy, your job being made redundant. And the question that we all ask ourselves or people typically ask themselves if you’re in this situation or about to hit this situation is ‘What am I going to do? How am I going to get a job? Where am I going to get a job? I don’t have a CV, I haven’t had an interview in years, I don’t know how to represent myself – how am I going to manage? I’ve got bills to pay, I’ve got commitments’. And on the softer side, the question is ‘What will my friends think? What will my family think? How will I explain myself? At my age, will my age work against me?’

So, in our opinion, having spoken to hundreds of candidates, working in many companies, the key to successfully manage yourself through redundancy, the process with which you put yourself through it really has a huge impact on making good decisions and making good career choices. And at the end of the day, being effective in job interviews and conversations such that you have a successful outcome to your career search.

Now, if your job being redundant was a surprise, if you felt you weren’t treated with the respect that you earned, for the work you put in or you were treated unjustly, perhaps the way you were told, you were told in a group, or you find yourself really concerned or perplexed. So one way of kind of working this out, getting it out of your head is simply to take the act of writing down what you’re leaving behind, what is ending by this role, role changing, what are you in the middle of transitioning from and to. And perhaps if you think about it, if you use this opportunity to say ‘What do I really want? What are really my priorities?’ and perhaps writing down what’s forming in your mind.

Now, if you’re going to be really effective in putting these feelings, these emotions to one side, you really need to go out and get support, to talk to people who you can trust that, to surround yourself with people who can help you as you move forward. The key thing here is momentum. Really what you’re lacking perhaps at this point is momentum. You really, you feel like you’re at a standing start and the key, the next step is you’re going to make career decisions. You’re going to make choices that are different or perhaps maybe the same, but you’re going to move in a different career trajectory. And you’re really only making very good, clear, rational decisions and you really want very good quality decision making.

Now, as you go to network, as you go to talk to people for interviews or cups of coffee with family friends, you need to have a good think about, is how you handle yourself? How will you answer questions about your last role? Recruiters and  phone calls, you need to be very clear about how it is you feel about your job being made redundant. It’s very temping, but at the end of the day doesn’t leave you anywhere better of is if you appear in any way negative or critical or if you have the feeling or you convey the message that you’re carrying baggage about what you just ended. That is a natural reaction but it’s not going to give you momentum. Okay?

So, as you talk about yourself in the context of formal interviews, or even in informal discussions, think about the language you’re using and have someone else recap that language second-hand, what’s the message they convey about you? And this is much easier said than done. So as you think about how to manage yourself through redundancy or redundancy-type situations, perhaps use the opportunity to learn from what happens and to learn from it and just to try to do your best to leave it behind. To take the opportunity perhaps to figure out what you should do in terms of the work that asuits you, your family situation, financially what you need rather than perhaps what you’ve done to date, the rush that you were in. And really plan your job search, make it methodical, make it count. And look around you, at people around you and see who are the people that can give you support? Who are the people that can help me get this really, really sacred thing called momentum?

So, we hope this helps. If you find yourself in this situations, we’re always looking to speak with great candidates, and great companies. You can contact myself, Julie, or give us a call: 01 9081514. Thanks for your time, take care. Bye-bye!