This week I am putting the RED back into ‘Redundancy’ to make it less of a grim subject and more of a ‘stare it in the face and refuse to be knocked down by the RED word subject', and viewing the ‘RED’ with feelings of ‘abundancy’ instead. How is this possible, you may ask? These nasty shocks or worst kept secrets are enough to dent the most resilient of us, but read on and see if this blog changes your mind.
Have you been made redundant before? Are you going through redundancy or at ‘risk’ (which basically means you are more than likely but they just give you advanced notice to give you months to worry about it rather than an ‘out of the blue’ thing)? In fact, I probably know more people who have taken the ‘RED’ than not. My partner twice, me once and even though it can be voluntary, the end result is that it still sucks!
The ultimate rejection, the break up, the end of an era, when most people spend more of their time at work than at home, losing a job can be terrifying, almost akin to a bereavement (don’t I know it). A rollercoaster of emotions, one minute absolutely hating your employer for ‘dumping’ you and then the other minute feeling like you don’t ever want to leave them!
There are many articles you can read on all the practicalities of redundancies, and legal rights blah, blah, blah, but when you just want to scream obscenities, then do read my top 5 tips to the emotional aspects of ‘RED’
1. Stay true to you and remind yourself that this is not your fault and when one door closes there are opportunities for others to open (trust me on that). Stop trying to open the door again, it’s closing for a reason.
2. Don’t do it alone, but also try to avoid boring the living daylights out of your wife/husband/kids/dogs or neighbour – get professional advice, guidance and other people’s ‘RED’ experiences to keep you grounded.
3. Keep your sense of humour, you’ve been made redundant, not killed off, there are always alternatives no matter how down you might feel about it.
4. Keep dignified, you never know who you may bump into in the future….
5. Confidence is like a set of keys, sometimes you lose them and go into a panic, you can either search for ever in vain, or discover them in a heartbeat, but searching for them makes you anxious, finding them gives you joy. If going RED triggers a confidence dip you will find it again, promise.
There is FREE advice available, you just need to know where to find it.
www.nationalcareersservice.co.uk for CV’s, interview techniques and much more.
Live in Surrey? Reigate and Banstead council offer free Let’s do business training courses, which gives you all the information you need to know before setting up in business
Go learn something! There are still plenty of free courses Nescot offer flexible learning course in Level 2 and 3 and with some digging you can retrain and not pay a penny until you start earning again, or not at all.
Ask yourself this…
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you chose to do?
If your best friend was to pick a career for you, what would it be and why?
List your transferable skills on paper and then tell me you don’t have anything to offer!! I dare you!
I’m thinking of starting a ‘RED’ club, obviously in keeping with my colourful coaching theme, but an opportunity to invite anyone in the ‘RED’ to find support and bounce ideas off others who have taken the RED, in the RED or out of the RED.
If you are interested, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org 07904 332 339
On a final note, I do have to mention that I have my lovely Preloved Clothing Event on Wednesday 5th July from 7.30pm at The Old Oak, in Meadvale (where?) between Reigate and Redhill
My stock is vibrant and comes in all brands, shapes and sizes, but what it does all have in common though, is that it is all a BARGAIN! Free event plus GIN menu, what’s not to prelove?!
Stay colourful my friends