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    Job Loss: 10 Top Tips for Surviving Redundancy


    Upon hearing that you're being let go from your job because your organisation is being downsized or restructured, it's understandable to let panic set in. Although when we're made redundant it's natural to feel fear, distress, helplessness and loneliness, we don't have to let these emotions overwhelm us. The pointers below will help you on your way to seeing redundancy not as the end, but as potential for a new beginning. A balanced life and a fulfilling career are both possible post-redundancy.

    1. Give yourself time and space: After any type of job loss, many of us experience a grieving process. Allow yourself to grieve instead of rushing into the job search and making costly mistakes that lead to early and demoralising rejections.
    2. Assess your position: As you emerge from the grieving process, you should start to get clear on where you're at and how you an proceed from there. Assess your financial position, create a budget and make contingency plans for if cash starts running low. Getting financial considerations sorted now will allow you to focus on the job search later down the line.
    3. Think about what you want to do next: When deciding which job or career to go for next, don't make any hasty decisions. To end up in the right role, you must really know yourself and what you want to do. Consider your strengths, passions and hobbies and match them against any criteria or constraints that will affect your career choices. From there, you can start to figure out some suitable career options.
    4. Consider using a career guide: If you get stuck on identifying suitable career options, you might benefit from working with a careers expert to help get clear on where you want to be. At Position Ignition, our Career Guides support and advise you in taking control of your life and career, without making the decisions for you.
    5. Use resources: If you'd rather not work with a career guide, there are plenty of career advice books and eBooks on the market that you might find useful. Our eBooks, particularly How to Get the Job You Want and 100 Essential Career Change Tips, may be of interest to you. Also, check out our blog posts on career books.
    6. Prepare for your job search: It's an old adage-finding a full-time job is a full-time job. This is why it's vital to be fully prepared for your job search before launching into it. Create a personal workspace at home, update your CV and attend networking events.
    7. Use your existing network: Although attending network events and finding new contacts is a useful foundation for any job search, don't neglect to tap your existing contacts for help. They might surprise you with who they an introduce you to or what information they can give you about an employer or career area.
    8. Research roles and organisations: If, by now, you have an idea of what types of work you want to do or what kind of company you want to work for, it's time to research your options. As well as speaking to your contacts, use the Internet, go to the library to read relevant books and consider doing some volunteer work to give yourself more of an insight into a job or organisation.
    9. Don't rush job applications: Even when you've done some thorough research and you know which roles you're going to apply to, don't rush the applications. Tailor each one specifically to each particular role you're applying to, instead of churning them out according to a single template. Lots of job applications don't necessarily mean lots of job offers.
    10. Stay positive: No matter how well prepared and presented your job applications are, you will most likely get some rejections. Remember this doesn't reflect badly on you as a person--perhaps the role just wasn't right for you or the employer was only advertising it out of legal obligation. Stay positive and don't give up at the first hurdle. By persevering and being confident in what you want to do, you'll find the right role for you and may come to view your redundancy as more of a new dawn than a disappointment.

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