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Ovecoming Job Loss with Janice Haddon

janice-haddonLosing a job can be hard. When a company or organisation enters a period of transition, major changes can be swift: restructuring, new approaches, a change of personnel and, unfortunately, as is often the case, redundancies.

Redundancies have an effect on the whole workplace, and create a tension like no other. Few things disrupt the emotional equilibrium of a workforce quite like job insecurity. Whether it’s coming to terms with losing your job, or watching colleagues – some of whom may also be good friends – lose theirs, you can quickly find yourself feeling low.

If you are facing redundancy, or indeed considering looking for a new role if you have become dissatisfied with changes in your organisation, there are a few practical things that you can do to help yourself move forward.

Allow yourself time

Redundancy is a time of major upheaval, and this can wreak havoc with your emotions. Job loss is a major life change and will affect people in different ways. Common emotions can include shock, disbelief, anger, rejection and even lead to loss of self esteem and confidence. Give yourself time to adjust to the change. These are all normal reactions, but they are also only temporary. Lean on the support offered by family and friends and find positive ways to move forward.

Play to your strengths

Update your CV to show all of the experience and achievements you have gained in your most recent role. Make sure it gives a good and full account of your skills and that it demonstrates you are achievement focused. Take time to evaluate your previous roles and make appropriate changes to emphasise your strengths.

CVs are fairly flexible but one version will not meet all job requirements. If you are applying for a variety of roles and even roles that you may feel you are overqualified for. tailor your CV to the company and the role in question.

Consider your options

Whilst redundancy can be stressful, it can also be freeing. Take time to consider your options. Now could be the ideal time to make a change. There may be opportunities for you to re-train, consider a different career, set up your own business, do voluntary work or even take time out to travel. Organise your finances and then plan your way forward.. All of these things can also be a great way to enhance your CV and avoid any employment gaps.

Rely on your contacts

Use your contacts to help you find a new role. If you are looking to find position in the same sector then you are likely to have built up a network of contacts from your time in your previous role. If you are looking to break in to a new area, then ask friends and family to introduce you to people that might be able to help. If you don’t already have it, set-up your LinkedIn profile, start meeting with recruitment agencies and headhunters and ask for referrals to companies that interest you. Register with online agencies and start sending out your new-and-improved CV.

Prepare to succeed

Interviews are nerve-racking at the best of times – more so when you have lost one job and are looking to secure another. If you are applying for positions that fall short of your experience level, you will need to clearly demonstrate to a prospective employer why you are applying and that you don’t see the role as merely a stop-gap.

Make sure you prepare well for the interview. Find out about the organisation. Consider your previous experience and prepare for how you would answer general questions and also behavioural competencies. Being prepared will help to calm your nerves and give you the best chance of demonstrating your professionalism in the interview.

The hardest thing, after losing a job, can be to remain upbeat and positive. But the worst thing you can do is come across as negative and bitter at an interview. Be interested, energetic and enthusiastic, and play to your strengths. Talk about what you can bring to the role, why you’re excited about the company, the position and the future.
Janice is a coach and business advisor with a passion for integrating strong leadership, high performance and wellbeing into the workplace. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Psychotherapy and an MBA from Henley Management College, Janice is also a Master Practitioner in NLP, a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapy Counsellor and is currently working towards a PhD in Organisational Health and Wellbeing. Janice is MD of both Thrive in Life 360 (http://www.thrivinlife360.com/) and Morgan Redwood (http://www.morganredwood.com/) who offer both an outline outplacement course and workshops.

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