Advice piece on how to recover from redundancy written by Superior Recruitment’s Recruitment Specialist, Christine Foudoulis. Dated 4 March 2021
If your role has been made redundant, try to remember it is not personal. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been unprecedented, and businesses unfortunately have had to make some hard financial decisions, which have included making some positions redundant. Some industries have been hit harder than others and it is a case of bad luck. With the looming changes to Australia’s Job Keeper payments fast approaching, it is expected that we will see further job losses and further job redundancies.
Speaking from personal experience as someone who experienced redundancy last year, I am here to tell you that it is possible to recover from redundancy and to even thrive! In this article I offer some guidance and tips for those who have recently been made redundant, how to cope with job loss and things within your control to help you navigate the daunting task of job hunting and building a positive mindset to move you closer to landing your ideal job!
Working through the aftermath of a redundancy isn’t easy, however the 5 steps below should help your wellbeing and put you in a more positive mindset and allow you to steer your career in a direction you are comfortable, and happy with.
- Take stock of your Finances
First thing to do is do what you can to protect your peace of mind, take note of your financial situation and cut back on your spending where possible. Work out a budget that works for you, even just in the short term. Also exploring what, if any, government benefits you are entitled to – and applying for them ASAP. The fallout of this pandemic is not your fault. Also speaking to your landlord or mortgage providers if applicable to see if they can cut you some slack.
- Take care of your Health & Well-being.
Speaking from first-hand experience, redundancy will inevitably be accompanied by a range of emotions, such as shock, resentment, distress and anger. What is important is to allow yourself to feel these emotions, but it’s also important to eventually move on from these emotions and focus on positive things that you can be doing to help you get back into a job you enjoy or create a different career path.
Finding activities you enjoy doing that are good for you, is especially helpful when you are experiencing all the negative emotional overflow from your redundancy. Reading, writing, yoga, going for a walk or run, calling a friend or throwing yourself into a household project you have been putting off are all things that can help in the interim.
The effects from redundancy can go well beyond the financial. For many people, work is part of our identity. If you are especially career-oriented, you may discover that you do not know yourself beyond your job. Try to find gratitude in this new found perspective on your career and life. Rediscovering things or having a new perspective can sometimes lead to a new career path too. If your mental health continues to deteriorate, seek help from your GP or online support such as Beyond Blue.
- A Strategic Job Search is Essential
Although it is tempting to go in guns blazing with your job search and apply for lots of job, the panic mode you may be experiencing, may not have you in the best frame of mind for making important career decisions. Job hunting can be time consuming if you don’t get it right, so don’t waste your time applying for just any job if you cant see yourself there for the long term.
From an experienced recruiter perspective, you are better off submitting fewer job applications, but being more considered and targeted with your job applications. This means spending time tailoring your cover letter and CV each time. Going the extra mile to show that you have researched the organisation and reflected on what you can offer will set you apart in the application and interview process.
If you are searching for a permanent position, can you also consider temp, freelance, contract or consultancy work that you can start immediately if you really need immediate cash flow? Checking in with your professional work contacts or past employers is also a good idea and also updated your referee contacts.
- Embrace Rejection and look for the Lesson
Being rejected during the job seeking process is just part of the process. Learn from the rejection and carry that forward in your job seeking process so the next time you are apply or interview you are improving and getting closer to your dream job.
- Is it possible that a Redundancy can be a catalyst for positive changes in the long run?
Use the redundancy journey to really do a stocktake of your career, your key skills and your short term and long-term aspirations. Cut yourself some slack and think about:
- What you are good at?
- What is important right now?
- What Steps can I take now to get me closer to my career goals?
In summary, being clear about your immediate priorities and longer-term goals can help clarify your next steps. The clearer you are about your priorities the more you can target your job search. Recruitment Consultants can also become more targeted in their job and client searches when you are clear what your key strengths are and where you would like your career to move towards.
If you are seeking a new permanent role or open to fixed term contract roles across Cairns and the surrounding region, reach out to our Recruitment Specialist Christine Foudoulis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are always welcome to ‘Register as a Candidate’ through our website and book a 15 minute Phone Consult to kickstart the discussion of your specific job hunting requirements.