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Fire up job search

There's really no right or wrong time to start job searching. However, if you've been made redundant the option to choose the ideal time to begin has been taken away from you. There is a bright side to this: your new circumstances will mean you have enough time on your hands (and hopefully assistance from an outplacement consultant) to commit to a well-managed, thorough and successful job search.

Read more: Fire-up your job search after redundancy
Executive outplacement

When it comes to redundancies, those implementing the redundancy process – the executive team members - can also be affected by job loss. As a senior level manager, you can explain the benefits of using outplacement to one of your employees but you may wonder how outplacement services can assist you. However, whether you want to use your wealth of experience and expertise to secure new employment or to launch an entrepreneurial venture, executive outplacement services are tailored to specifically help you with your career transition.

Read more: If you're in search of a senior role or venture, executive outplacement services CAN help you!
Professional networking online

Looking for a new job but not sure how LinkedIn can help you in your search? We discussed the benefits to using LinkedIn when job searching in an earlier blog post. In this post, we share some quick and easy ways to get the maximum returns from the world's most popular professional networking site when you're job searching.

Read more: How to use LinkedIn to make your job search more effective
Worth using LinkedIn

Use LinkedIn to find a new job, says your outplacement consultant or career coach, but do you question what the point of it is? Does anyone find a job through it? Or is it just a big waste of time? Well, if you don't use LinkedIn properly it certainly is a waste of your time and efforts – and opportunities. Here's why it's worth using, but you have to use it well. Otherwise you could be missing out.

Read more: LinkedIn - worthwhile or a waste of time when job searching?
Redundancy notification

When companies are restructuring, the focus naturally is on those losing their jobs. Yet those tasked with delivering the bad news can suffer too, and often in isolation. Redundancies are about more than change management and correct procedures; there are a lot of feelings involved too, on both sides of the desk.

Read more: The worst job in the world, but someone has to do it
Filing applications

Record keeping may not be an exciting task, but it is an important part of the job search process. Looking for a job can take longer than you expect and you may apply for more jobs than you planned. It's vital to keep detailed records of your efforts, so you avoid duplicating applications and forgetting what you've applied for. Create a system that works for you, and that is easy to access and update, because it's important to maintain it.

Read more: Keeping track of job applications
Outplacement success

An outplacement consultant's role is to help you find a new job more quickly than if you searched for a job by yourself. They're not recruitment consultants; they won't put you forward for interviews or jobs. This is your job search, and although the consultant will help you, what happens next is up to you. And the harder you work at it, the sooner you will get positive results.

Read more: Why outplacement succeeds if you make the effort
Redundancy exit sign

In tough economic times, many of us worry about how safe our job is. How do you know if there's a chance you might lose your job? There are many signs your position may be in danger of being made redundant. This week we look at more clues to look out for if you're worried about redundancies in your workplace, and what to do if you think the writing is on the wall. 

Read more: Warning! Signs you may be made redundant (part two)
Redundancy signs

With hindsight, many of us who have been made redundant think we should have seen it coming. Although a sign by itself might be nothing to worry about, a series of signs in the workplace could indicate your job is in peril. If you're worried about redundancies, look for these clues to find out if your days in a job are numbered and can take action before the news breaks.

Read more: Warning! Signs you may be made redundant (part one)
Elevator speech

One of the most useful self-marketing tools in your job search toolkit is the 'elevator speech'. This is a clear and concise description of who you are, what you do and why you are the perfect candidate, given in the time it takes to ride a lift. But how do you summarise your career and achievements in a brief yet engaging 30-second pitch?

Read more: The elevator speech: a 30-second job search ad starring you
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