Losing your job can be a difficult experience to process. You may feel like your world has been turned upside down and unsure of what to do next. However, it is possible to come out of this situation stronger than ever. Here are five steps for moving forward after being made redundant.
• Step back, take a deep breath, and assess the situation objectively. It may be tempting to wallow in self-pity, but this will only lead to further frustration and sadness. Take a step back and analyze the situation from an outside perspective. Find the positives – maybe it was an opportunity for you to try something new or gain more experience in a different area.
• Update your CV and skillset. This can be a great way of taking control over the process of finding another job and giving yourself some focus during this tough time. Put together an up-to-date CV as soon as possible, even if you’re not actively looking for work yet – having it done ahead of time can help save you time when applying for jobs later on down the line! Additionally, use this period of unemployment to learn new skills that could make you an attractive candidate for future employers. Plenty of free online courses allow you to stay on top of industry trends or increase your knowledge base in other areas that could benefit your career growth in the long run.
• Reach out to your network, both professional & personal! Now is the time to lean into any contacts with insight into potential job openings or resources that could help boost your search efforts – don’t be afraid to reach out! Additionally, keep in touch with friends & family who can provide emotional support during this stressful period; feeling isolated during times like these is common but talking – either with people close by or through virtual communities – can help lift spirits and give clarity around potential options in the future!
• Spend some time thinking about what type of role suits you best and where your skills would be most valued – there’s no point applying for roles just for the sake of it because if they’re not right, then neither are you nor will they satisfy long-term goals! It’s important to identify what kind of role best suits both short-term needs and long-term ambitions – think hard about what environment would let creativity flourish etc. & find positions that fit those criteria before submitting applications/CVs etc.!
• Get organized – set targets & create action plans based on those targets, including timelines & milestones, so progress is tracked towards achieving them (e.g., apply X number of jobs per week). Keeping track allows motivation levels to remain high while also helping manage expectations around how quickly results may come; positive reinforcement along each step also helps keep the momentum alive. Remember to celebrate successes, however small they may seem at first glance!
Moving forward after being made redundant can seem daunting, but by following these five steps, you will be well on your way toward finding success again! Take some time to reflect upon what type of role suits you best and then get organized by creating action plans with clear goals set out ahead; reaching out both professionally as well as personally will also help secure valuable resources/contacts which may open up further opportunities along the journey too so don’t forget those either! Best of luck on the road ahead 🙂