It is crucial to understand that redundancy is not a reflection of your worth or individual performance but has more to do with business strategy and economic environments. It may be hard not to let redundancy affect your self-esteem, but rather than seeing it as a setback, use the opportunity as a chance to rebrand and grow!
Building your skillset
Not only is this a chance to highlight your existing skillset, but this is also an opportunity to upskill – if there is a certain element of a role that you feel you are missing, invest in a course, join free workshops and webinars in order to gain this required skill.
Looking after your mind
Whilst you’re putting in all your efforts to seek out your next role, it’s easy to brush off your mental well-being. Redundancy can come with some heavy emotional weight, and carrying that all whilst searching for your next role can be challenging. It’s important to give some time to these feelings and rely on your support network, and from this, you will gain emotional resilience.
Being active online
As we all know by now, the world we live in is largely online, so why not apply this to your job search? Being an active member on LinkedIn will get your profile circulating around the people who need to see it, whether you are posting regular updates, interacting with other people’s posts, sharing interesting/relevant posts that will generate conversations in the comment section as well as following and reaching out to potential employers to connect.
Extending your search to your network by making a post on LinkedIn about your recent redundancy. This may seem daunting, but utilising your contacts and other professionals in the industry will propel you into people’s minds. Particularly if you are taking this experience as a learning opportunity and taking the positives, you will stand out in your network. Attending LinkedIn webinars and using the platform to your advantage; there are so many resources and people that will help you along the way to your next role.
This links nicely to setting up your LinkedIn profile if you haven’t already.
LinkedIn is going to help you massively during this process, with access to unlimited resources and networking opportunities; building your profile and filling your feed will benefit you in the process of being hired.
When you are searching for a new role, you want to make sure your profile is up to date so it has the right effect whilst job searching:
- Profile Review: Give your profile a refresh by updating any out-of-date information, changing your picture, and adding any qualifications, certifications or projects that you have gained throughout your last employment.
- Rebrand: This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. Tailor your summary to your job search, and redefine your skills, specialisms and interests. Create a personal brand by creating content to post that will give recruiters and hiring managers something to look at when they click on your profile. How do you want to be interpreted?
- Recommendations: If you can get any referrals from previous employers or people you have worked with, these can be invaluable. Another person’s recommendation on what you are like as someone to work with can paint a clear picture of you as a potential candidate.
For more advice to help you with your job search, check out our Career Guide Platform here.
The key is to be consistent with your search, even if you do a little bit every day; keeping the ball rolling is important to spreading the word and getting your name in front of the right people. Staying motivated is difficult, but believing and being kind to yourself during this process is crucial so you don’t get overwhelmed and burnt out.
If you are looking for your next role, then we may have something for you!
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