Coronavirus - Evaluating your options during challenging times.

Redundancy 

Some organisations are cutting their budgets due to these difficult times with the coronavirus.  This could mean that staff are being made redundant.

Redundancy can be a very stressful time for employees. If you or your organisation is going through a redundancy programme you will find these tips from Stirling Careers Consultancy helpful.

Help Staff to Evaluate Their Options

This could be an ideal opportunity for staff being made redundant to step back and assess their options thinking about what they really want from their careers and their next role.

Most staff will want to get back into employment as quickly as possible. 

To do this they need: 

To help them do this they will need to review their CV or prepare a CV

  • Suggest to staff that they start updating their CV targeting it at their next possible role. There are plenty of CV templates available on the internet.
  • Those members of staff who do not have a CV may need help and support to get them started
  • They could also visit their local library, when the coronavirus situation is over,  where there are a lot of useful free careers resources.  
  • They should ask their friends to critique their CV so that they can ensure that they are providing the information that future employers will be looking for.
  • They should also think about the image that they want to project to potential employers. 

They will need to consider how they are going to market themselves to potential employers. These are some of the ways which will help them.

Networking on Line 

  • As a result of the coronavirus people are now having to network online. They should join online networking events related to their sector / profession. It is possible to find out about local networking events through their local Chamber of Commerce  

LinkedIn

This is a useful social media tool to build an on-line presence. It is also useful as a research tool.  It helps to build their professional identity online together with  staying in contact with their colleagues and former school friends. They can join online discussion groups linked to their career and it is also a way of keeping up to date again within their profession / sector.

Interviews

It is important to help departing employees think about how they will research and prepare for interviews and encourage them to keep a positive attitude.  They will need to prepare for video interviews.

All the research suggests that those people who are helped through the redundancy process are more likely to make a successful transition. Staff remaining in the organisation will be encouraged to see those leaving being giving support and encouragement. This will help with morale.

If you are making employees redundant, Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you through the process.

  • People are now having to be more flexible and adaptable due to the changing economic climate due to the coronavirus.
  • We can help departing employees evaluate their options
  • We can help them put together a targeted job search plan. This will enable them to market themselves effectively to potential new employers as quickly as possible.
  • We can help them research, prepare and learn how to conduct themselves and succeed at interview
  • We can help them negotiate their salary and we support clients with onboarding  into their new organisation.

The above can be delivered one to one through Zoom, Skype, telephone or email.

Being made redundant is never easy. However, it can be an ideal opportunity to talk things through with an experienced Careers Professional and put a plan together and move forward.

This could be the start of a new life / new future / new beginning!

Bromley Careers Consultant Alistair Stirling offering careers advice in & around Kent, London

Alistair Stirling is a registered careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people back into employment.

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