It is a sad inevitably that as the Furlough scheme starts to recede, companies have decided to cut jobs and begin redundancies. Every new redundancy message that we see, is a bleak reminder of the impact on our industry as well as the personal circumstances behind it.
But, in the ashes of despair, what can/should you be doing to try to enhance your chances? Please see below some tips from myself and my colleagues after many years of experience in our industry and recruitment:
- Take a rain check (seems appropriate today!) Literally, take stock and decide what you want to do. This is very personal but very important. Don’t dive straight into a job search just to keep busy. This will be counter productive in the end. Speak to friends and experts to help you.
- Draw up a list of possible paths for you both now and in the near future. Be realistic and perhaps have different types of options.
- Update your CV and create more than one depending on the types of roles you are going into. Ensure you take EXPERT advice as and when required on your CV. It is great that people are trying to be helpful but talk to people with experience in this field.
- Be proactive. Now more than ever, you have to think of different ways of reaching HR or hiring managers. Responding to online adverts is only going to get you so far.
- Get your hands dirty by applying for roles and finding out what may work and what may not.
- Depending on your circumstances, be creative and perhaps agree to work for a reduced amount or on commission to begin with to ascertain if a new industry is right for you.
- Be Flexible. Now is not the time to put barriers up in terms of work hours or locations. If employers have any doubts, they will always employ people who appear to be harmonious and dynamic.
This is not an exhaustive list but gives an indication of the types of activities you can be doing right now.
Please do let me know of any comments or thoughts.