Burning hot rage. I still feel it now.
I refused to believe it was happening to me.
I was SO angry that I stomped out the room and slammed the door.
The HR manager came running after me and after a few minutes persuaded me to return to the room.
So yes, I know what it feels like to be facing redundancy.
BUT … from my experience and from working with 100s of people over the past five yeras, I also know how to land yourself the dream job after redundancy.
Here are some of my top tips.
1 – GET SUPER CLEAR ON YOUR SKILLS AND STRENGTHS
This gives you confidence and especially when you’ve got feedback from others too. What are the things that you find easy and straightforward? What do others compliment you on? What type of activities get you excited at work?
2 – IDENTIFY WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU
Identify what’s most important to you about your next job. What do you want from the work that you do? Is it freedom, flexibility, creativity, growth, security, being part of a team?
More ideas on this in How to kick start your job search.
3 – KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
The clearer you are on what you are looking for, the easier it is to focus on the right roles. For example, what skills do you want to use? What type of role do you want? Which sector? Is this time for a different career direction? Do you want full-time or part-time? Hybrid or remote?
4 – WHERE ARE YOU WILLING TO COMPROMISE
If you’ve ever watched Location, Location, Location, you know that eventually the house hunters realise that they will need to compromise on something.
So what’s the compromise you’re willing to make to land yourself a job after redundancy? Is it Location? The length or ease of the commute? Industry? Seniority? Salary? Job title?
You might not need to compromise but take time to think about this at the start of your job search so that you can more easily rule opportunities in or out.
5 – SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
Surround yourself with positive people who will lift you, encourage you and support you. There will be the inevitable down days. Think about who inspires you? Who will encourage you? Who do you want in your cheerleader circle?
6 – FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY
Be more active in networking. Talk about achievements. Ask for introductions. Take bold action, get bold results. If you don’t ask, you won’t get. Don’t make assumptions about what people won’t or can’t do.
7 – ASK FOR HELP
Friends, former work colleagues, even complete strangers are happy to help. But often they don’t know what help to offer. Ask for recommendations, introductions, feedback, support and encouragement.
Of course you’ve also got to take the practical steps such as polish your CV, carefully craft your LinkedIn profile and fully prepare for the job interview. You’ll find loads more practical tips on my website.
Let me know in the comments what you liked about these tips on how to land your dream job after redundancy.
p.s. if you like my straightforward practical advice, you’ll love Job Search Kickstart which includes a treasure trove of learning, tools and resources to develop the clarity and courage you need to job search with confidence and ease so you become THE stand-out candidate – before you even apply!