Twenty years ago I was made redundant. It was the best thing to happen to my working life.
If you are facing redundancy here are some tips:
- Redundancy is an opportunity not just a threat. Use it to really think what you want to do next.
- Decide what you are good at, what you are passionate about, what you know, what skills you have and work out how you can use them to make your living.
- Have you spotted a solution to a common problem? Would this make a business?
- Think whether this is the time to do something you haven’t had the courage to do before. Remember this time you don’t have a job to lose!
- Avoid becoming a day time TV junky it is the road to ruin! Give your day some structure, make a plan and stick to it.
- Decide what help you need from other people either to look for a new job, to start a business or to do something different with your life.
- Make a list of all the people who might be able to help you either directly or indirectly. For example ask people in your network if they can make an introduction to someone who can help you launch the next stage of your life.
- Get on social media, Linked In, Twitter and Facebook and start making connections that could help. Remember to keep your persona positive, recruiters and buyers do Internet searches and you don’t want them to find lots of negative information about you.
- Do something constructive with your time, preferably involving other people. Give yourself a reason to get up at a reasonable time and to get dressed. Slobbing around the house in a dressing gown can become a habit and does nothing for the self confidence.
- Donate your skills and experience to someone who can use them e.g. school governing bodies, charity shops, befriending schemes, anything that will interest and stimulate you. Be warned though not everyone will be as open to your help as they should be so don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Always try to explain what’s in it for them and don’t major on what you will gain.
- Make a plan to do all those outstanding jobs in the house and garden and stick to the plan. Putting things off until tomorrow is a bad habit and one to be avoided.
- Allow your self sometime to ‘smell the roses’, to do the things you’ve never had time for but don’t allow your self to lose all sense of direction.
Here’s to your future. May it be a long and happy one.
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