If you’re at risk of been made redundant, we know that it can be a mixed bag of feelings. Regardless of how you’re feeling we know, it can be daunting when starting your job search for a new role.
However, you shouldn’t let this situation set you back or affect your confidence. Instead, you should use your redundancy as an opportunity to start something new, change career path or learn new skills to help boost your employability in the future.
At first, you may find it challenging to start your job hunt, and if you have been in the same role for a long time; it could be years since you last updated your CV or even looked for a new position. That‘s why we’ve put together some tips to help you with your job hunt and CV writing.
1. Keep a positive and open mindset
Redundancy can be a stressful time in anyone’s life but can be a result of many situations. It can have a massive impact on your motivation, self-confidence and mental well-being. During this time, you should try to remain positive and approach your job search with an open mind.
Try to use this time to explore the opportunities which may present themselves to you. Take your time and find your ideal employer, explore new career paths or learn new skills.
Explore where and how your can transfer your skillset to other similar roles or completely different roles in other sectors, for example, a Hospitality and Catering Manager would have the right skills and attitude to be Project Manager. Remember that most skills are transferable.
2. Take your time
Unemployment can be an uncertain time for individuals going through the redundancy process and can throw you out of your regular daily and weekly routines. You might feel pressured to secure a new role as possible; however, you should try to take your time and find the right position which fits your expectations.
Rushing into a new role that isn’t the right fit for you won’t make you feel any better about the situation, and your job search and could cause more stress for you in the long run.
When you start your job search, you should take the time to assess your professional wants and goals in addition to what you want from your new employer. Take some time to think about what types of jobs you’d like to move in to next. You may find that you need to learn some new skills or retrain yourself. Use this time to focus on yourself and what you want from your next career move.
3.Update your CV
Your CV is your first chance to make a good impression on the hiring manager or recruitment consultant reviewing it. Your CV must be up to date and error-free.
Invest some time into writing a strong CV that is going to set you apart from all the competition. You will need to write a strong personal statement, explaining who you are, your experiences, skills, why you’re looking for a new role and what you can bring to the company.
Ensure all your career history is up to date, and there are no gaps in your employment. You should also reference your redundancy in your CV too, with your contractual end date and a short description to explain what happened to the reader. Check out our CV writing guide.
4. Use the internet
The internet is full of readily available resources, including job boards, online platforms, specialist recruitment consultancies and tools to help you find your ideal job.
You should sign up to a range of job boards to receive daily/weekly job alerts directly to your inbox. Use social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to search for employers actively recruiting as they have integrated job posting and job search functions. Sign up to our job alerts.
Research recruitment companies and speak with their consultants to obtain a better understanding of the job types which they specialise within, this will help you understand who can support you best through your job search.
5. Networking and social media
Spend some time networking on social media networks like LinkedIn; this will help you engage with potential employers and peers in the market. Using social platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter can keep you updated with industry news and trends on the relevant market to yourself.
As mentioned above, some social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook have developed and integrated job search functions into their platforms. Utilise these functions as many companies will use these for recruitment purposes.
It is also useful if you set up a LinkedIn profile and connect with previous colleagues to strengthen your network. Use this as a chance to reconnect and grow your network by joining online communities and groups or just attending new events and webinars. Check out our tips for writing a LinkedIn profile.
Are you ready to start your job search?
Remember this doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, use this as an opportunity to find yourself the perfect job or try something completely new. Using the tips above, along with an excellent CV and a positive mindset, you will be able to find your ideal role. Start your job search today.
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