Redundancy

It has become the topic of conversation around the world; people are losing jobs at alarming rates. The incidence of depression on the increase; alcohol addictions, divorces grow along with the increases of job loss.

Ever attend a cocktail party and ask a person, “Tell me, who are you?” and the first response 99% of the time is to say what they do? How have we evolved to a point where the person no longer matters? Why do we define ourselves by a job rather than a life?

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What are your unique abilities? By sitting down and assessing your strengths and weaknesses, instances where you have excelled in the past and difficulties you encountered, you will have a clearer idea where to start looking for your next job

It is really important to not only identify your strengths to promote them to potential employers but also to keep your own value in perspective. Confidence is key. When you exude an air of self-belief it gives others permission to believe in you too. Of course the opposite is also true.

Your biggest asset is a positive outlook. See the redundancy as an opportunity to find a way to get even happier during your working life. If you can find a new role quickly you might also stay ahead financially. Wouldn’t that be great?

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It seems that this weekend has been eventful for almost everyone I know. Things have been going boom-bust all over the place. Lives that seemed to be heading in one direction, now seem to have had their seemingly secure path crumble into a thousand pieces. So what do you do when life hands you a curve ball?

1. Realise, that no matter how bad things seem right now, that this too shall pass

2. Know that you have come through challenges before and that you will come through this one. Remind yourself of some examples; this will increase your confidence and you will immediately feel better

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Often when we have lost our jobs our lives can come to a standstill until we are back in gainful employment. This is a rather peculiar state because “life” never stands still. It is like a river that continuously flows and should we dam it up i.e. come to a stop then it will continue to rise on the other side of the dam until the inevitable consequence, it bursts.

I often work with career guidance agencies and in particular with clients who have lost their employment for one reason or another. However my work with the client has a different focus.

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Keep positive. You will find another job (if you want one). You have always found a job in the past. Look for evidence that supports your theory that a new role is on your horizon; friends finding new jobs, family members getting promotions, the amount of job vacancies that are being advertised in papers and on the internet. These are all clues that the world is still turning and that companies do indeed still hire people.

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