Applying for jobs after redundancy
If you find yourself unexpectedly looking for a new job after redundancy, it’s so important to do what you can to keep positive and confident, so that you can achieve the results you want. As you find yourself searching for a new job, make sure you have a plan which will prioritise looking after both your physical and emotional health.
To help your job search be as stress free as possible, we’ve put together a few pointers that may help.
1. Be open minded
Being open minded is so important. Being made redundant can be tough in any situation but for the majority is especially so this summer. Take this moment to reflect and re-evaluate your career. Money is obviously going to be a key priority for you, but there are different ways to make money and keeping an open mind on what your job options might be, is so important.
Start by analysing your technical and soft skills and you’ll then be able to identify where you think you excel. Think about your past achievements. What were they and how did you overcome any challenges? Remind yourself of your successes.
When you lose your job you can lose your confidence and so things can seem a bit of a blur. If you are really finding it a struggle then be honest to yourself and don’t hesitate to find someone to talk to who can help you. They will remind you of who you are and what your strengths are.
Avoid people who are a negative influence. You don’t need them in your life right now.
2. Leverage free training
If you are interested in applying for a career for which you currently have no qualifications, then why not find out about any free online courses that could help you on the way.
If you have thought about developing skills in data science, for example , there are a number of FREE resources you can turn to such as Coursera .
If you want to build your confidence in working remotely so you can reasssure any future employer that you have all the attributes to working remotely effectively, then Remote-How might be a great place to start.
LinkedIn also offer a number of free courses for people considering a career in a number of areas such as Marketing or HR.
3. Manage your own expectations
Give yourself a break and don’t be too hard in yourself. Set some realistic goals so you don’t fall flat on your face if things don’t turnaround immediately.
Expect it to be hard and you may be pleasantly surprised if it is easy. Applying for jobs might feel a bit like training for a marathon at the moment but what you put in, you will definitely get out. Expect it to take longer than you want and expect to make more job applications than you would usually. Having said, that, if things aren’t working after a certain amount of time, then review your strategy. Keep in touch with your social network and share your situation with people who may be able to help. Ask for advice and don’t be afraid of exposing your vulnerability. It’s important to have good guidance so that you can approach job applications with confidence.
4. Make a job search plan
Use your network to help you find work. Do you have any friends, ex colleagues who can recommend you to their current employer? Have you made sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and matches your cv? Does your network know anyone who might be looking for someone like you?
Have you set up Google Alerts for any new jobs that are posted online so you can be one of the first to see those?
Are you working closely with 2 or 3 good recruiters who can support you and guide you as well as specialise in the areas in which you are interested?
5. Review your cv and profile and make sure that it reflects who you are as well as what you can offer.
We’ve provided some tips on how to make a standout cv here.
- Make sure your cv is updated and highlights your soft skills
- Quantify and give evidence on your statements. If you have project management skills then is there a particular project that you managed that you can use as an example to highlight the depth and breadth of your experience and what kind of challenges you overcame.
- Align your profile with the jobs you are applying to. Use keywords (not buzzwords) which are relevant to the type of work you are applying to. For example if you are good at creating and editing online content or writing editorials, have you actually put those words in your cv?
- Avoid generic cover letters. Cover letters can make a huge difference if they are targeted towards the job and company to which you are applying. There should be enough information to reveal your situation, interests and motivations and it’s a great place to show why you feel you would be a good match for the position you are applying to.
6. Give yourself some time out
And finally, it is so important to give yourself some constructive time out. Regular exercise, chatting to family, friends & neighbours and just walking or reading are helpful distractions. Some “me time” away from the computer screen will definitely help you stay grounded.