I have recently been made redundant after working for the same company for 25 years and don’t know where to start. Can you help me???

May 2, 2011 | Topics: , , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Yes we can. Being made redundant can be devastating, especially if you are totally unprepared for it. One of the hardest aspects is dealing with a loss of self confidence and self-esteem, even if the retrenchment was not entirely unexpected. Feelings of shock, loss, shame, insecurity, disappointment, helplessness, fear and anger are all natural reactions to losing a job, as well as feeling the loss of daily companionship with co-workers and a regular pay cheque.  Being told: ‘Your position is being ‘redefined’. It’s not personal.’ Does not make you feel any better about losing your job. So what can you do?

  • Talk about your feelings with your partner, family members or one or two trusted friends you can rely on to understand and to give you positive feedback. If this is not possible, then you may wish to talk to a career development professional.
  • Reassess your finances, particularly any debts. If you think you might fall behind in your repayments while you are looking for work, make an appointment to speak with your mortgage provider as soon as possible and discuss the situation up front.
  • While you are looking for new work you may suffer disturbed sleep, feel constantly worried, anxious or depressed, experience loss of appetite or drink more alcohol than usual. If this occurs seek professional help to see you through this stressful period.
  • Some suggestions for increasing morale and self-esteem while you are looking for a new job are:
  • Establish a constructive daily routine. Looking for work is a job in itself and it is important to set daily and weekly goals so that the routine is not too dissimilar to going to work. This will lessen the shock of adjusting to a period of temporary unemployment.
  • Socialising. It is important to keep in touch with friends and colleagues to create a supportive environment. Socialising can also increase your networking skills and volunteering can lead to making valuable community contacts that may prove useful later on.
  • Using the internet. Register with industry specific recruitment agencies and agencies providing temporary or part-time work. Use the internet to research for growth industries or those with job shortages.
  • Reassessing your career goals. Career change is a normal part of modern working life. Reassessing career goals is just as important for people in their 40’s and 50’s as it is for younger people. It is an ongoing process. When assessing your career goals, try to develop a concrete idea of what you really want to do. Retrenchment can offer new career possibilities and allow you the opportunity to enrich and expand your horizons.

Note:  ‘Ask the Career Energizer Coach’ questions and answers are general and may not be applicable to everyone. If you have a specific question or would like to discuss your unique situation with a career expert, please contact Positive Goals & Solutions for an exploratory coaching session.

Contact us today on 0414 511 455 or info@positivegoalsandsolutions.com.au

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