Redundancy …

The dreaded R word has become something that has touched everyone over the last few years. There is probably not a single person that hasn’t either been made redundant, know someone who has been made redundant or experienced the situation within their company.

One of the most common questions people ask both themselves and me is ‘why me?’ It can create all kinds of feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt and I would suggest that the more of these negative emotions you feel the longer it is going to take you to find a new role paying the same or more money.  That in turn creates more feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt which can now be combined with panic at where the next mortgage payment is going to come from. None of these states are good places to demonstrate a good interview style.

So how can you view redundancy to keep your feelings of self-belief high?

Don’t take it personally. Companies are making cuts to improve the ratio of turnover to expenditure. This is typically a paper exercise and done for the benefit of the maths. In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements, guide for personal freedom, he lists the second agreement as ‘don’t take anything personally’. This is great advice on every subject. Your thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams are never top of someone else’s motivation; theirs are!

Don’t panic. Sit down with your financial accounts and a big sheet of paper. Work out necessary and luxury expenditure. Calculate how much money you have with your redundancy payment and any savings you might have and then work out how long you can really afford to be out of work. Most people are surprised to find they can afford their job search to take five months or more

Spend some time thinking about what you want to do next. Being made redundant can be the key to the life you have always desired. If you felt your job was golden handcuffs and that you always wanted to follow your passion for pottery and ceramics is now the right time to do that?

Plan a job search strategy. Finding a job is a job in itself. It takes time and effort and often involves hours on the computer searching the net. Find a list of jobsites you think might attract companies recruiting people with your skills and list your CV there. Approach the top three recruiters in your industry and engage the best one for your campaign. Then agree with yourself a time limit to trawl the web every day; I would suggest no more than 60-90 minutes. Run some searches, find new jobs listed and make the necessary applications. Then switch your computer off and do something else

Have fun! How long is it since you last took a number of weeks or months off work? This time is a gift, be grateful for it and use it wisely. I am sure there are multiple things you have wanted to do if only work hadn’t got in the way. Well now it is out of your way you can start doing them. If you wanted to improve your golf, take up a gym class, start painting, take long walks or completely transform your house or garden now is the time to do it. Make the most of your time out and make it really count for something

Plan a sentence for people that ask what you are doing now. Many well-meaning people will ask you what you are up to work wise, particularly if they see you around more at the moment. Decide what you want to tell them and plan your line(s) well. You could say something along the lines of ‘my company was making cuts and I was fortunate enough to be allowed to take redundancy. So, my plan is to do lots of xyz for the immediate future which is wonderful’. Keep your story positive and refuse to be drawn on any conversations that focus on lack

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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