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Top tips for finding a job after redundancy
When your role is no longer required in an organisation there is no shame, Covid 19 has created job losses in many sectors. However, being aware of the top tips for job search provides you with a head start against other candidates. There is action you can take.
An employer is looking for 3 things:
All 3 are important to consider in every step of the job search process.
Let’s consider the different aspects of finding a new role.
Support and building resilience
Asking for help from family, friends and previous bosses is always a sign of strength. This could be practical help with reading a CV or emotional support to discuss how you feel.
Remaining resilient is really important as it’s a bit like a game of snakes and ladders applying for jobs. This can be hard to take. Its normal to feel frustrated and the key to coping is to talk to people and identify the learning from the experience.
Recommended activities to help with emotions include: having a routine, they say it’s a full-time job looking for a role but its important to have balance. Taking daily exercise, being out in nature, doing a hobby you love, mindfulness, and one area you might not have considered is volunteering which gives purpose as you are helping others, and it can go on your CV.
Job search in general
Job search is about matching your skills with the needs of an employer. Think of yourself as the solution to their problem. Step into the hiring managers shoes and consider what they want to hear. Then orient and position every communication you have with them to align with that.
Understanding your strengths
Identify the skills that you have that you most enjoy and are good at. Ask someone to bounce ideas about this to create a fuller list.
Tailoring your CV
Create a master CV which has your Personal Profile, Key Skills, Key Achievements, Career history, Qualifications, Recent training, Interests. Then with each application tailor your CV to match the job ad and person spec. This is really important because you can use the same language and key phrases so that if the employer or Recruiter is using software to track the match to your CV with their ad the match is high.
Work on your brand as in what do you want an Interviewer to remember about you? What reputation and impact do you want to create? Create a story to talk about who you are., what you stand for, what makes you special or unique and what impact or value you provide for an employer. The aim here is to be able to articulate a coherent story which explains the career moves you have made to make them logical and understandable to a hiring manager.
Which skills are you strongest at and enjoy? Could these be used in a new area perhaps up or down the supply chain to your previous employer? Are these transferable to other sectors which are growing.
Build a list of everyone you know starting with friends, family, neighbours, phone and email address books, old bosses, and most importantly use LinkedIn to find and be in touch with contacts. These are all people you have a relationship with who may be able to introduce you to someone in a targeted organisation you are interested in working with. Make sure you articulate what kind of roles you are keen to do. The more specific you are the more helpful it is.
Whether its via video conferencing or face to face preparation is the key to success. Think of the likely questions and have thought through your answers. Often hiring managers use competency-based questions. To showcase your competencies or skills think about your achievements and talk through these. The STAR story technique is helpful here. S for situation, what was the background to the achievement? i.e. the context. Next is T for task. What task were you asked to complete for the organisation? A for action - describe the actual steps you took to complete the task. Lastly R for result. What results did you achieve? This demonstrates the benefit you brought to the organisation. Use any quantifiable data here.
Always have a list of questions to ask at the end of the interview to show your interest. If possible, ask one or two throughout the interview to make it more like a discussion.
If the interview is by video test the link, make sure the lighting is as best you can achieve. Manage any background noise and possible interruptions. Smile and breathe.
After the interview thank the interviewers for the opportunity.
In conclusion persevere, be kind to yourself and ask for help as you go along. Good luck.
Linda Denny, Careers Springboard Trustee and professional coach
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