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Facing Redundancy or is this your new beginning?

July 27, 2020

Redundancy is arguably one of the least welcome of life’s changes.

Managing time

Some businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for government funding to continue to pay their employees which is known as Furloughing though other companies are unfortunately at risk of putting staff under redundancy.

There may be a multitude of reasons why a business chooses the route of redundancy, but it is best to remember that there is a logical, commercially driven decision behind what is happening – it’s not personal.

Here are our top tips if you are due to face Redundancy or are currently going through Redundancy:

Reach out to people

You are most likely to have mixed emotions during this time, so it is important that you reach out to your friends and family to discuss how you are feeling.  Talking to somebody you trust, will help with your mental well-being.

Here are some tips from Mental Health UK.

Temporary & Contract work

Have you ever considered temping before? What has stopped you?

During challenging economic times there will always be sectors that are booming. There will always be companies that are recruiting. Your new goal is to find out who is busy and expanding and it’s never been easier to find this information via the internet. Your first task is to find roles within your expertise and industry, however if your industry has taken a hit, then consider your transferrable skills – everyone has them! Remember the big picture, remember if you are dealing with customers in any industry these communication and interpersonal skills are transferable. If you are in sales, what is stopping you selling a different product or service? If you have used a particular piece of software, a company is often more interested in that, than the industry you have come from. If you work in accounts and finance these skills are transferable across industries and the various accountancy software platforms are straight forward to learn, and bookkeeping skills are always sought after. Qualifications may not be sector specific, research who else would benefit from your level of qualification.

Everyone has transferable skills and temping or contract work will give you the confidence to display those skills. Once people move into the contract world, they often do not want to return to a permanent role as they share their invaluable expertise with a new company and then enjoy the variety and flexibility that contract work gives you. Alternatively, temping gives you the opportunity to learn about a company, its culture and customer engagement, before you commit to a permanent opportunity – try before you buy!

Are you thinking of setting up your own business?

If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss, well now is the time. Will you regret never giving it a go? A third of individuals who are made redundant set up their own business.

Temping will give you the flexibility you need whilst you build your empire.

Prepare your CV

It is important that you put yourself in the right frame of mind to complete your CV. You’re writing about yourself – what could be easier! It may be worth reaching out to Hart Recruitment to discuss how we can help you update your CV, and also discuss what is going on in the market within your specialism and to talk through opportunities available.   A great starting point for producing your CV is reading through your job description and tweaking the tasks to reflect what you have been doing.

To help you update your CV, please see below links to our tools to creating your CV and our Top 10 CV Tips:

Job Applications

We know it can be a daunting experience looking for a new opportunity when you least expect it.  We are here to support you through this process and here are our top 3 tips:

  • Register your CV and details on our Hart Recruitment Candidate Portal. If you need any help with this, please give us a call on 0121 360 6000. Alternatively, if your details are already registered with us, you can update them by using the Login page on the Hart website.
  • Register your CV on job boards such as Indeed, Reed and CV Library or google the types of jobs you are looking for in order to review the specialist job board that suits you.
  • Set up job alerts via Google and Indeed. Job alerts will send you jobs you are interested in straight to your email inbox, making job searching less time consuming. You can set up job alerts via Hart Recruitment too.

Interview tips

Everyone gets nervous before an interview, however remember nerves = adrenaline = being alert and determined to succeed – Hart’s definition anyway!

The key to interview success is practice, practice, and more practice! Our Interview Tips will enable you to prepare and use this adrenaline to your advantage and enhance your performance. With the additional dynamic of on-line or video interviews, check out our fun short video with our Managing Director Phillippa Hart and Recruitment Consultant Rebecca Collin on how NOT to present yourself at an interview.

Phillippa also shares her top 6 tips on how to conduct a video interview too.

Online Training Courses

Now is the perfect opportunity to up skill yourself to develop future career opportunities.  It could also be a great opportunity to keep up to date with your industry sector or a sector you may be interested in learning more about.

Hart Training is the perfect place to retrain your mindset during this time; sign up to our free course on Changing Your Mindset Around Redundancy.

Set goals

Set your goals of what you want to achieve and go ahead and achieve them!

Your goals could be:

  • Exercise
  • Wearing clothes that make you feel good
  • Calling up a friend and family member to check how they are
  • Signing up to free courses
  • Creating or updating your LinkedIn profile
  • Industry knowledge – learning more about the industry you work in or an industry you have an interest in
  • Brainstorming what your transferable skills are
  • Updating your CV
  • Applying for online jobs
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Making a “Tick” to-do list

Aim to have at least one achievement per day, it could be small or large – that’s personal to you, but it will make you feel that you have accomplished a task/job by the end of the day.

Take up a hobby

You may have had a previous hobby, however, due to working and having limited time, this may have taken a back step.  Now you have time to pick this back up whilst seeking a new opportunity.

Some hobbies could include baking, running, upcycling, cooking, knitting, painting, and drawing.

Our role as recruiters is to support you in all scenarios from finding you temporary work in the short-term, through to helping you write CV’s and apply for jobs in the permanent market. Use your time effectively by registering or updating your details with us via our Candidate Portal?

Download our Essential Job Search Pack and scroll down to the section ‘Utilising your Candidate Portal’ for instructions on how to fill out your details. Remember you can also download our CV and Interview Tips.

Remember redundancy can be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for – now take advantage of it.

Please follow us on our social media to stay up to date with our tips, advice, and opportunities we currently have available. If you need any support and advice, we are here to help even if it is just for a chat, please call us on 0121 360 6000.  

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