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Coming to terms with redundancy and job loss

It’s my job loss and I’ll cry if I want to

Whether it is voluntary or forced, being shown the door can truly be traumatic. If you’re struggling to cope with the news it’s understandable. The impact and change associated with job loss has been described as similar to bereavement, and like bereavement there is a cycle of grief you may have to endure before feeling positive again.

Fire up your job search after redundancy

Fire up your job search after redundancy

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.

Computers love keywords resumes

Keywords make a computer love your resume

No, that’s not the title of a dodgy sci-fi porn flick. Rather it’s an acknowledgement that computers are commonly used these days to read resumes. And if you want to win an interview for that dream (or even ‘will do for now’) job, you have to make the computer love you more than your competition. How? It’s simple – by crafting a well-written resume that contains the keywords that the computer will be on the look-out for.

Tell someone they have been made redundant

How to tell someone they’ve been made redundant

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.

Easy job search tips

8 effective and easy job search tips

Looking for a new job can be a time-consuming task. Often it is a tedious process, so who wants to spend longer on it than necessary? The good news is there are lots of small things you can do that typically pay big dividends when it comes to job searching, both online and in real life. And all of them will take just minutes of your valuable time.

How outplacement services helped find new job after redundancy

How outplacement services helped me find a new job

This week, a number of redundant employees missed out on receiving thousands of dollars’ worth of career help. Their former employer offered them the services of Glide Outplacement as part of their redundancy package, but they decided to go it alone. We spoke to James about how outplacement services helped him find a new job.

Job search tips for parents returning to work

Job search tips for parents returning to work

Returning to work after taking a career break to be a parent can be both exciting and overwhelming. Although it won’t be easy to return to paid employment, you’ve developed many skills in your absence that you didn’t have last time you were working!

Career transition and redundancy

Career transition and redundancy myths busted

Losing your job is one of life’s most stressful events. Everyone reacts differently. Whatever the experience, it is personal to you. These three facts about career transition are hard to dispute. When it comes to outplacement services, there are myths much easier to challenge.

Bad references can hurt your job search

Don’t miss out on a great job with a bad reference

If you’re job searching, hopefully there will come a time when a potential employer or recruiter will ask for references. And this is when all your good work so far may come undone. You may have a great resume and outstanding interview skills, but if your references are second-rate you risk missing out on your dream job offer.

Executive outplacement program can help find senior role

Executive outplacement programs for senior staff

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.

Negotiating a higher salary in job search

An easy guide to negotiating a higher salary

The idea of negotiating a higher salary makes many job seekers feel uncomfortable; they don’t want to seem rude or greedy asking for a higher salary that what’s offered. But if you don’t ask for a higher salary, the answer will always be no. Salary negotiations are a standard part of the hiring process (even in a tough job market). Here’s some advice on how to negotiate.

Reach faster productivity in your new job quickly

How to impress in your new job

In the current business climate, finding a new position can be a long, frustrating and time consuming experience. Once you’ve secured a new role, the requirement to get up to full productivity as quickly as possible has never been more important. Here are six tips to help you settle in to your new role and get up to full productivity as fast as possible:

Worst things to say in a job interview

10 worst things to say in a job interview

There are some things that you should definitely avoid saying during a job interview. The wrong response to a question can reveal flaws in your attitude, insufficient preparation or a lack of interest in the job. This can make an employer think twice about hiring you. Here are 10 examples of the worst things to say, along with tips on what you can say instead to impress the interviewer.

Warning signs you may be made redundant

Warning! Signs you may be made redundant (part two)

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.

How to beat job interview nerves

Overcome job interview nerves

Job interviews can make even the most confident of us nervous. Despite advice to ‘just be yourself’, it is natural to feel anxious: you are keen to do well, perform better than other candidates and win the role. However some simple techniques, combined with positive thinking, can help reduce your stress levels and ensure you shine during the interview.

Set career goals for job success

Set career goals to achieve job success

Having a career goal such as finding a new role or achieving a promotion is a great way to make it happen. But 25% of all goals are broken within the first two weeks. It can take up to six attempts at goal setting to make it happen. No wonder people give up so quickly!

Should you joke in a job interview?

Can you joke in a job interview?

Job interviews can often be tense, nervous and sometimes downright frightening affairs. You may be tempted to lighten the atmosphere by telling some well-meaning jokes. Not everyone will share your sense of humour, so is it worth risking your chances?

How to find a civilian job after an ADF Defence career

For ADF personnel leaving their familiar military environment, the stress of finding a new career is compounded by the need to adjust to a new lifestyle and civilian work. It’s a difficult task; specialist defence transition services can help with the process.

How to follow up networking contacts

How to follow up networking contacts

So you’ve attended a networking event and collected a large pile of business cards. Taking a proactive and strategic approach to reconnecting with people will get the most value out of your new relationships.

How to keep track of job applications

Best way to keep track of job applications

Looking for a job can take longer than you expect and you may apply for more jobs than you planned. Keeping detailed records of your efforts avoids duplicating applications and forgetting what you’ve applied for.

Coping with redundancies survivor syndrome

Coping with redundancies when you’ve kept your job

Redundancy brings with it a complex set of emotions for those who are leaving, but if you keep your job you can also be affected. ‘Survivors’ of job cuts typically suffer from feelings normally experienced by those surviving major disasters or traumas.

Why outplacement can be a success for job search

Outplacement works if you make the effort

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; 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.