How To Job Search After You've Been Made Redundant
Redundancy is an uncontrollable situation, no fault of your own so don’t dwell, be brave and take the opportunity to start again in a dream career. We understand that finding the motivation to job search after facing redundancy can be extremely difficult, however by remaining positive, motivated and organised, the process will be easier.
Revamp your CV/ Resume
Redundancy may have affected your professional and personal confidence, especially if you have been in the same role for many years. The thought of adapting your CV may be very daunting, many people see CV writing as a chore however, try to see your new CV as a pathway to your new start. Your attitude at the time of writing will be reflected to the potential employer, remain positive when creating a CV, as a CV is more than a simple document, it is your personal brand on paper. We know that you are great, and it is important that an employer knows that too.
Use Social Media
Whether you love it, hate it or have no experience with social media, there is no escaping the social media world today. More and more companies are using social media to find candidates. It’s reported 93% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruiting efforts according to LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is an essential tool for any industry; this network allows you to see who works for a company and create connections. LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to present your professional personal brand to potential employers.
Research a company you are interested in and follow their social media sites, focusing mainly on the networks they use most. However when using social media for professional use, ensure that content is appropriate for potential employers to see.
Social media may also be an opportunity to connect with others facing redundancy, sharing experiences is a great way to relieve the stress and know that you are not alone.
Job hunting is a job in itself, so being organised and tracking progress with applications is essential. It may be hard to stay motivated in your search however, with any job role the more you put in, the more you get out. Organising your CV, covering letters and job applications into a folder on your desktop will reduce the stress of trying to find all the documents you need when applying for a role. Redundancy can be an extremely stressful time, so take the opportunity to reduce any added stress while job searching and the more organised you are, the easier the task will be.
A great tip for staying organised in your job search is creating a simple tracking system with Microsoft Excel, to save the embarrassment of receiving a call for a job opportunity you may have forgotten you had applied for.
Use Job Alerts
Make the most of job sites and set up job alerts, simply enter keywords related to the work you are interested in and your contact details. The system will then inform you of new vacancies related to your criteria via email. Utilising this service will reduce job hunting time, and allow time for networking with potential employers on social media.