Monthly Archives: December 2011
By now you should have written your list of all the things you need to do with the appropriate dates, during the first two weeks of the new year. If you haven’t, do it now.
In fact, it is best to write down all of the key dates of the things that you need to do for the entire month of January. So if you haven’t done this, do it now. You must allocate a timescale for each of the tasks you want to achieve and tick off each one as you do them, with a note of the outcome. This will give you a fantastic sense of achievement and help to maintain your motivation.
You then need to ensure you keep the momentum going throughout the year by doing the same for each month. If you don’t complete something within a timescale you have given yourself, don’t worry it takes practice to get it right. Carry it forward to the next day or month or week. Make sure you re-assess your priorities on an ongoing basis.
Preparation and time management will be key to your success when it comes to job hunting in 2012.
Remember to factor in time for relaxation with family, friends or ‘me’ time.
Although it is difficult to deal with the emotional affects of redundancy, is it essential that you leave all the bitterness, resentment, upset and anger behind you and focus on the new opportunities that 2012 will bring.
In order to move forward in your life with positivity, make a list of all the negative emotions that you are feeling, talk to family and friends, get it all out. Then either throw the list away, as if throwing away those negative feelings or keep it in a diary and forget about it. If you chose the latter option, you will be able to look back at the list in a years time and see how much your life has improved and changed for the better. This will boost your confidence and self-esteem and give you something to look forward to.
Thinking positively is easier said than done but if you surround yourself with people who believe in you and your abilities, who want to help you to achieve your goals and who believe anything is possible, then the world is your oyster.
I believe things happen for a reason. If you don’t get a specific job, it’s because it wasn’t right for you. Focus on your dreams, your goals and your aspirations, this is your time to accomplish them. You have been given this golden opportunity to take stock of your life and change it for the better. Don’t let it go to waste.
I believe in you.
It it often all too easy when you are redundant and battling with high volumes of competition, to run yourself in to the ground.
So come Christmas Eve make sure you have written a list of all the things you need to do in the first two weeks of the new year to put you ahead of the game where job hunting is concerned.
Your list should include the following:
- Sign on dates and times.
- The opening hours of your job centre.
- Any appointments with an employment advisor.
- Any closing dates for jobs you have applied for.
- Date and time of any interviews you may have.
- In order to follow up on applications already sent, you need to make a note of the dates when those companies return from their holidays.
- Start dates for any courses you have agreed to undertake or for any voluntary work you agreed to do. With a list of items you need to take with you.
- In order to keep control of your finances, note any dates of benefit payments and list any upcoming outgoings.
- Note anything else that you need to do.
I know what it’s like to be redundant as I have been made redundant twice and it can be especially depressing if you are out of work over the Christmas period. With bills soaring and presents to buy it can seem like life is one big black hole.
You need to use Christmas to cheer yourself up and I am going to give you some tips on what you can do.
1) Having people around you who care is invaluable. Getting together with family and friends should be easier if they have time off work for Christmas.
2) Make yourself put up the Christmas tree and decorations. Having Christmassy things around you will cheer up your home.
3) Shop within a budget. As you are not working you have more time to look around for sale items and promotions. Most retailers are having sales early.
4) Save money by making your own cards, if you don’t have a printer and computer, the library should have one you can use for free.
5) Shop at places like Poundland. It’s the thought that counts.
6) If you can’t afford to buy presents, try to make one, otherwise tell those people, they will understand.
7) You could write an I Owe You and promise that when you do get a job you will buy a present for that person as a way of motivating yourself to get a job.
8) You could take on a temporary job. It’s a great way to gain extra experience, boost your career prospects and enhance your C.V. A lot of shops look for temporary Sales Assistants which could lead to permanent employment.
9) Try voluntary work, a lot of charity shops need extra help over the Christmas period as they often have an influx of unwanted gifts or of goods people are clearing out of their home to make way for those new items they receive as gifts. It will boost your self-confidence, self-esteem and enhance your C.V.
10) If you are feeling especially low, talking to someone impartial can help, phone the Samaritans, they are available 24/7 on:
Stay Positive. Sandra Bellamy
- Top Tips – Don’t go out of control this Christmas (moneyexpert.com)