Retrenchment: A new beginning?

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You?ve lost your job, and with it your sense of purpose and identity too. The situation may seem desperate but with the right attitude, what was once perceived as an unexpected and abrupt ending can be turned into a new beginning.

"Being made redundant can be a very upsetting and confusing time' says career coach Sally Ann Law. Remind yourself that you are not alone.

Besides the financial implications involved in job loss the event itself can leave even the most confident businessperson questioning their skills and value. "It is important to remember not to take it personally'. Redundancy is not a reflection of your working ability but the result of economic pressures.

While it is natural to experience negative feelings during this period, individuals often become so caught up in their misery and misfortune that they fail to see the opportunities that lie ahead.

"Use this time to think about what you want to do' says Law. This may be the ideal time to plan a future and career that you will enjoy.

Your first reaction may be to get back into the job market as soon as possible, but before you do, ask yourself a few important questions, are you happy in your industry or line of work? Would you like a change? It pays to be flexible when changing your career.

Think about your strengths, weaknesses and skills. Learning new skills or refreshing your current skill set can give you the edge over your competition.

Staying motivated is essential during this transition period. "It can be easy to fall into the trap of getting up late.' To avoid this pitfall, structure your week by planning everything you want to do. Your schedule should include activities such as updating your CV, conducting online job searches and investigating potential training courses.

Approach these tasks with the same commitment to work responsibilities. Systemically and consistently working toward your goal will help you to move forward.

"It?s likely you will experience some low feelings along the way', this is a normal part of the process. Stay focused, remain positive and don?t worry. You cannot predict when you will find a job, so don?t waste time speculating and don?t fret over things you cannot control. Instead, concentrate on those activities that increase your chance of finding a job and soon your ideal job will find you.

By Cindy Payle

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