10 Key Lessons About Surviving Redundancy

  • Consider all of your options—this relates somewhat to the ‘stepping back’ element. By jumping straight back into things you fail to give yourself the chance to consider all of the options available to you. Look around. There might be more options available to you than you realise. Also, remember that options will also appear as your tribe expands too.
  • Think about your ideal job—what is it? What would it take to get you there? And, is now the time to set yourself on that path?
  • Update your information (practical but necessary) so that it reflects your experience but also alerts people to the fact that you’re on the hunt for a new job—this includes LinkedIn, Facebook, your resume and any other websites or online directories you may be part of.
  • Connect—stay in contact with people that will help you transition into your next job. By staying connected with people you’re front of mind, so if an opportunity arises, you’re more likely to be the person they think of. Start with family and friends, and let them know what you’re looking for. You’d be surprised who they know.  Keep in touch with former colleagues too. You may also wish to consider more formal networking and referral groups.
  • Get started—whatever it is that you’ve decided to do next; get stuck into it! Don’t think about it too much because you’ll spend all of your time planning and no time enjoying this experience. Some recent advice really hit home. It was all about decision and indecision, and analysis paralysis. The right decision is one you commit to!

Looking back, I see the positives to the situation much more clearly but at the time it was a journey of highs and lows. Remember, you’re likely to go through a few emotions during this process. That’s ok, and let them come. It’s a different journey for everyone and you have to do things that are right for you and your family.

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Bridget Heinemann

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