Career and Job Search Blog

Coming to terms with redundancy and job loss

If you've been made redundant, what I'm about to tell you won't be a surprise. So I'll respect your intelligence and avoid sugar coating the reality of job loss. 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.

Understanding the stages of grief following redundancy, and identifying the emotions you may be feeling, can help you better deal with them and come to terms with the situation. You may eventually see this as an opportunity, rather than a loss.

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

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.

Fire up your job search after redundancy

How to use keywords in your resume to make a recruiter notice you

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.

It's like speed dating, but you only have seconds – not minutes - to say the right thing. Say the wrong thing and you're rejected and the next candidate starts being looked over.

Using keywords to make a computer love your resume

Telling people they've been made redundant is a difficult task.

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.

How to tell someone they’ve been made redundant

Top effective but 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.

8 very effective and easy job search tips

How outplacement services helped find new job after redundancy

This week, a number of redundant employees missed out on receiving thousands of dollars' worth of help with their job search. Their former employer offered them the services of Glide Outplacement as part of their redundancy package, but they decided to go it alone despite research saying that people who use such services are 80% more successful in their job search. We spoke to James, a recent participant on our career transition program, about how outplacement services helped him find a new job.

How outplacement services helped me find a new job

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. If you don't have a job to return to following parental leave, you may be worried about what a potential employer will think about your absence from the workforce. Or you may feel unconfident about how you will cope with working again. But remember, 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! Here are our tips for making your job search easier.

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Outplacement, career transition and redundancy myths

Losing your job is one of the top five most stressful events that can occur in your life. Of course everyone reacts differently. And whatever the experience, it is personal to you. These are just three facts about redundancy that are hard to dispute. When it comes to outplacement services, however, there are a few myths that are much easier to challenge.

Career transition and redundancy myths busted

Bad references can hurt your job search

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. People matter when you're job searching. A good reference can be what makes you stand out from other candidates and gets you across the line. We've put together some advice on finding and keeping a selection of people who can provide potential employers with positive assessments of your ability to do the job.

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Executive outplacement program can help find senior role

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.

Executive outplacement programs to find senior roles

Negotiating a higher salary in job search

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.

An easy guide to negotiating a higher salary

Reach faster productivity in your new job quickly

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:

How to impress in your new job

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. 

10 worst things to say in a job interview

Warning signs you may be made redundant

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. 

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

Watch out for signs you may be made redundant

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.

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

How to beat 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.

Overcome job interview nerves

Find the right recruitment consultant for your job search

Have you had a poor experience using recruitment consultants to find a new job? Unfortunately, like all industries, there are incompetent individuals who may leave you questioning the point of using a recruitment agency as part of your job search strategy. However it's worth persevering to find a capable and credible recruitment consultant you feel comfortable working with, who can promote your strengths and expertise to potential employers.

Find the right recruitment consultant for your job search

Set career goals for job success

January is traditionally a time of setting new goals; having a job or career goal such as finding a new role or achieving a promotion is certainly a great way to make it happen. But did you know 25% of all New Year's resolutions are broken within the first two weeks? It can take up to six attempts at goal setting to make it happen, so no wonder people give up so quickly. Let's explore why this happens, and how to set successful goals.

Set career goals to achieve job success

Should you joke in a job interview?

Job interviews can often be tense, nervous and sometimes downright frightening affairs. So are you ever tempted to lighten the atmosphere by telling some well-meaning jokes? Humour can cut through the monotony of the standard answers the interviewers may have been hearing all day, but it can also backfire. Not everyone will share your sense of humour, so is it worth risking your chances?

Can you joke in a job interview?

Looking for a new job can be a tough challenge. For Australian Defence Force (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 a steep learning curve in relation to civilian work. It's a difficult task; however specialist defence transition services can help with the process and ease the move into civilian employment.

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How to follow up networking contacts

So you've attended a networking event and collected a large pile of business cards. What's your next move? Sitting back and waiting for your phone to ring and emails to flood your inbox with job offers will waste an opportunity to interact further with your new contacts and potentially boost your job search. Taking a proactive and strategic approach to reconnecting with people instead will get the most value out of your new relationships.

How to follow up networking contacts to achieve career goals

How to keep track of job 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.

Best way to keep track of job applications

Coping with redundancies survivor syndrome

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 - even if your role has been deemed safe. 'Survivors' of job cuts typically suffer from feelings normally experienced by those survive major disasters or traumas. These emotions can have long-term implications on your morale, motivation, productivity and stress levels, and can make it difficult to move forward.

Coping with redundancies when you’ve kept your job