So you’ve heard on the grapevine there might be redundancies at work? Maybe you’ve officially been informed your job is at risk. Perhaps some of your co-workers have already undergone redundancy and you feel like it’s just a matter of time before this is you. It’s natural that you will be concerned as to whether you’re next – who wouldn’t be?
It’s important to maintain a sensible perspective here – especially in the case when it hasn’t happened yet. However, rather than sitting around fretting, you can decide to be proactive and plan for the redundancy scenario.
While I always advocate for living in the present moment, it’s all about the balance. Sitting around and hoping for the best isn’t going to serve you, but neither is panicking. There are some things you can do to help you focus your attention and move things forward. Even if redundancy doesn’t come to fruition, who knows, you might stumble across a job opportunity you never knew existed.
Suggestion #1. Update your CV (or write one if you need to). This is something you can easily prepare in advance. Avoid the last minute stress by doing this while you’re in a calmer state of mind. Take your time and be sure to include all of you updated responsibilities, training, qualifications, experience and achievements.
Suggestion #2. Get connected. It’s not unusual to forget about networking when you’re busy at work. Rather than scrambling to get in touch with people because you need to, be proactive about making those connections whilst you’re still working. Seize whatever opportunities you can to make enquiries, stay open and curious.
Suggestion #3. Refresh your skills. Now is a great time to re-visit all the skills you’ve acquired whilst in your job and brush up on anything you feel a bit rusty about. It’s a bit of a stock take. Find out what skills will make you the most marketable in the types of jobs you want to explore.
Suggestion #4. Think outside the box. Is there a different career that you’ve been thinking about? Have you always wanted to pursue your dreams? Now is a great time to start exploring training opportunities. If and when redundancy happens, you’ll be well on your way to putting your energy into something you really want.
Suggestion #5. Take extra care of yourself. Even the prospect of redundancy is an emotional time. You can build your resilience by keeping your mind and body healthy. This means you’ll feel better able to minimise any stress. Practice relaxation techniques, make time for hobbies, exercise and spend time with supportive friends and family.
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