Redundancy and how to cope.
Not so long ago I found myself out of work after being made redundant. As this had also happened to me a few years before I knew what to expect so managed to stay calm throughout the experience (surprisingly calm in fact which is interesting). My redundancy was part of a corporate restructure so I didn't take it personally!
It is easy to go into panic mode when you get made redundant which is only natural, but the important thing to remember is that like other hiccups that we face throughout life, you will get through this. Being made redundant has been likened to grief in that we go through a cycle of emotions, beginning with shock, denial, anger, and fear through to a period of low motivation, resentment and impatience and then slowly we come out the other side into optimism, purpose and a new vision and hope for our future.
The following tips may help you through the redundancy experience:
- Think of redundancy as an opportunity for new beginnings rather than something that has disrupted/ruined your life. I know that may sound a bit trite but I honestly believe that sometimes being made redundant is a message that we were in the wrong place and that we need to find something more suited to who we are.
- If you have access to counselling as part of your redundancy, then definitely take up the offer. Even if you have to pay for 3-4 sessions I highly recommend it as it gives you the chance to talk about how you are feeling, and the floor is all yours. This is the first time I have had counselling and I really liked the fact that it was all about me! Plus it's good to get feedback and ideas from someone who doesn't know you and won't judge you.
- Really look at your skills, particularly those that you enjoy using and haven't had the opportunity to use for a while. These are the skills you could focus on when talking with others about the type of work you are looking for.
- And speaking of talking with others, this is the time to network. I know when this was mentioned to me I groaned, as my experience of networking was going to events where you try and make polite conversation with people you don't know and it's often quite a strain. But of course networking is so much more than that. It's about looking at who you know, where they work, who they know and then getting creative. This is where Linked In comes into its own. By looking at the number of connections your connections have you may end up with a large number of people to contact. The best way forward is to see where these connections work and then check with the people you know to see if they mind you contacting them to talk.
- Don't spend hours trawling through job websites. This will only get you down and make you think that you are incapable of ever finding a job. Limit your search to only a short amount of time each day by setting up job search alerts, and remember that job descriptions are often written by HR people and include their ideal wish list so you don't have to be able to do everything they ask for.
May your next opportunity be just what you are looking for!