Dealing with redundancy

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Redundancy comes as a significant shock to some and for others it’s the opportunity they’ve been waiting for to enable them to follow their dream of a real life change.  No matter whether you have been made redundant by choice or if it crept up on you unawares, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting what you want job-wise from the situation. 

In a recent blog post we shared some Top Tips for people facing redundancy.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.  If however, you’re in the situation whereby you’ve actually already been made redundant and are struggling to get back on track, we hope this blog post will help.

Start by being brutally honest with yourself

If it’s a while since you were made redundant, you may still have a clear picture of where you want to go and how you’re going to get there.  However, if you’re like many people and are at the stage that you’re finding it tough to stay motivated and focused in your job search after months out of work, it’s time to be brutally honest with yourself. 

When you’re in the workplace, you’re pretty much programmed to set your alarm and get up every day whether you want to or not.  What’s more, even if your colleagues aren’t your favourite people in the world, you’re more or less forced to interact with them on a day-to-day basis.   Add to this, the fact that most of your time at work is laid out for you because of the tasks you’re expected to do and it’s easy to see that when you’re in work, your daily activities are more or less laid out for you.

If you’ve been out of work for a few months and don’t seem to be moving forward with your job objectives, today’s the day to be brutally honest with yourself.  Are you being realistic about what your options are?  Are you truly doing all you can to make your dreams become a reality?  Are you spending your time wisely and looking after yourself? 

Set your goals

Once you’ve taken the bull by the horns and have established where you’re at with your efforts to get back into the workplace, it’s time to set your goals and write them down.  It’s a fact that goals that are written are more likely to be achieved than goals that rest in your head and, if you want to go a step further, share your goals with someone who is prepared to push you when you slow down and cheer you up when you’re low.  By saying your goals out loud and seeking the backing of someone you respect to help achieve them, your chances are even better.

Make a plan and stick to it

When you are clear on what your goals are, you need to make an action plan for how you’re going to achieve them.  Your action plan can be as basic or as detailed as you think it needs to be to keep you on track to achieving your goals.  For example, if you’re finding yourself lying in bed a bit too long during the week or tempted to tune into daytime TV for the first time since you were a student, it might be worth writing down what you plan to do about it.  What’s more, planning exercise and socializing will help you keep your head in the ‘zone’ of being ready to get back to work when the time is right. 

When it comes to finding your next job, you need to be really on the ball and swift to respond to vacancies that arise.  It is a good idea to set various times during each day when you will update yourself on the vacancies that appear on the likes of AviationMatch as well as giving yourself a maximum time period to respond.

Although this planning process sounds like it might be over the top, many people who have been made redundant find themselves in the position where they have more time on their hands than they’re used to and find themselves doing less and less as time goes on.  In order to avoid this situation and to make sure you don’t spiral into inertia, or even worse depression during redundancy, it’s essential that you set yourself tasks and make sure you carry them out. 

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