These days most people accept that jobs are not for life anymore. People are more mobile and much more likely to change jobs every few years and even careers a number of times throughout their lives. And it is increasingly common that we may also find that we need to change jobs because of retrenchments, redundancies and closures. Having confidence in your skills and experience and your ability to deal with the challenges of starting over can give you a greater sense of confidence about your career, and whatever life brings your way.
Get support. Surround yourself with family and friends and let them know your situation. Stay in contact with those you care about and continue your usual social activities. Although you might not feel like it, now is not the time to avoid people or stop socialising. Your support crew will help you to stay motivated and positive and they'll keep their eyes open for opportunities for you.
It's not about you. Jobs, not people, are made redundant. Redundancy is now a common term and accepted as a part of modern working life. It's not a reflection on you or anything you need to feel ashamed about.
Set up a HQ. Create an environment that it conducive to your job-search project. Set up a basic office at home that includes access to a phone, stationary, postage supplies, computer and printer. If you have small children or pets keep them out of this area and ask your children not to answer the phone while you are job searching. If you are basing yourself out of a job café or other facility, be prepared. Make sure that you have the tools you need to apply for jobs that appeal to you, including an up to date resume, referees and an email address.
Create an up to date resume. Create a captivating covering letter. Provide a detailed description of the achievements in each of your roles and the timeframes you have been in the role. Provide all contact details including phone number (land line and mobile), email and where possible a fax number. If you don't have a fax at home, find someone close to you i.e. local business and ask them if you can use their number.
Get out. Become involved in local networks and community events. Investigate groups that meet regularly in your area and get involved. This is a great way to meet new people, make new contacts and find out about jobs that are available close to home.
Mind your language. Avoid using negative words such as 'unemployed', 'on the dole' and 'I can't find a job' and replace them with positive perspectives such as 'I will find a job suitable for me'.
Stay well presented. It only takes seven-seconds to make a first impression. Make the most of your seven-seconds by smiling when you greet someone. Invest in a good suit, if you don't have one, borrow one for interviews; polish your shoes and ensure that your hair is clean and tidy. It's easy to get out of the good-grooming habit when you don't have to do it every day. Remember how important is it both to your self-esteem as well as to people's first impression of you.
Stay motivated. Finding a new job is hard work; treat it as you would any work assignment - your fulltime job is finding a new role that you will enjoy. Just as with any job it can be frustrating and especially disappointing when you receive 'rejection' letters. Prepare yourself for the fact that you will receive these. They are not personal. Focus on keeping your goals in your mind and remind yourself constantly that there is a role out there just for you, it's only a matter of time until you find it.
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