Were you unfortunate enough to be made redundant? Or perhaps you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Now is the perfect opportunity to look in the mirror and reflect on your past career, before beginning to formulate a viable plan for the future.
Areas for Improvement
If you have recently been made redundant, you may want to reflect on the following points:
Were you really performing at your best?
How did others see you in that job role?
Was the role right for you at that stage in your career?
Do you have the strength and resilience to secure a new job?
How can you minimise the risk of being made redundant again?
If you cannot answer the above questions, this could mean it’s time for a change. If your answers are negatives, now is a good time to work on improving yourself and your approach to work. For example, it may be the case that employees who didn’t have the right attitude or lacked the emotional intelligence to work well with others were the first to be made redundant.
Demonstrating Resilience & Intelligence
It is vitally important to become resilient when searching for, and beginning, your next job. Resilience makes you more open to feedback and allows you to settle in better at the workplace, which will demonstrate to employers that you are both a competent individual and an effective team player. Resilience also helps you cope with operational pressures, whilst still demonstrating kindness, compassion and emotional intelligence. Finally, if you are choosing to start up your own business or partner with other professionals, being resilient will increase your likelihood of success.
However, being tough and resilient may not always be enough – you also need to be smart and intelligent when it comes to job seeking. Ask yourself the following questions:
What can I do differently to succeed at interviews and secure one of the few jobs left during the covid-19 pandemic?
How do others really see me? Can I respond to and persuade others, and make them see my true worth?
If I am more experienced, how do I answer tougher questions and persuade others than being overqualified won’t lead to me “not fitting in” or “likely to move one” or “not work well with less experienced people”?
A useful first step to securing a new job is to undertake a profiling exercise by a career coach, which will provide you with constructive feedback on your current skills and opportunities. Recognising your own strengths and weaknesses will allow you to alter your approach as you hunt for a new job, and will ensure you succeed in your next role.
Completing a LIFO or Thomas International personal styles profile survey allows you to be smart and stand out amongst the competition. Following this, you can then create a Personal Development Plan as a means to boost your image and CV, and increase your confidence and charisma.
Career Profiling at CertaintyOne
Here at CertaintyOne, we highly recommend that you take action and invest in some professional profiling as a first step, before beginning to work on your CV. For a relatively low cost (less than a day’s wages for many), this could be the best investment you ever make. Be smart, be different, and stand out above your fellow candidates.