On a stress level being redundant comes nearly to the top of the list.
What steps should you take to find employment again?
Professional practical tips for the redundant include:
- Make sure you have an up-to-date profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has many benefits. It allows you to promote yourself professionally, gives you the opportunity to research organisations and to search for jobs. By using keywords you can ensure that you are positioned well in the field of your expertise. However, avoid using words like redundant, looking for and seeking opportunities. Ensure that your profile is positive and results oriented.
- Circulate your current CV to your network and let them know what you are looking for. Make sure that your referees are up-to-date on your situation so that when they are contacted by potential employers they can speak appropriately on your behalf. Likewise contact former colleagues to talk over any opportunities that they may know about. Share your redundant experience and ask for their support.
- Join or become involved in a professional club or association. Being with other people in your field means you can keep yourself at the cutting edge of your sector, keep your skills and knowledge current and be with people who may know of opportunities for you. As a volunteer you may add value to your CV too and prove your leadership skills. Contribute professionally and you position yourself as an ideal candidate.
The length of unemployment for the average worker is 10 months, and it generally takes executives longer than that to find new positions.
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