D is for Dream Job (A-Z of Redundancy)

Hi Everyone

Redundancy is the perfect opportunity to take time out to discover what it is that you really want to do with your life and your career.

It is perfectly normal for you to feel a mixture of emotions during the early stages of redundancy. These can include, but are not limited to, panic, anxiety, worry, stress, depression and feelings of being overwhelmed, bewildered and fearful of what the future may hold.

However, it is also the chance of a lifetime to take stock of your situation and discover what makes you truly happy, in both your career and your personal life and then setting some goals to determine how you are going to achieve that happiness.

In order to establish makes you happy in these areas, start by:

  1. Making a list of the things that you like to do both in and out of work.
  2. Making a list of what you don’t like to do in and out of work.

Now, of the things you most like, number them in order of priority, what makes you the most happiest should be at the top of your list (number 1) and your least happiest down the bottom of the list. In order to determine which make you the happiest, look at yourself in the mirror and say the words of the things that you think make you the happiest – Notice your tone of voice and what your facial expressions are doing, do they show you are elated? Excited? Can’t stop smiling? By observing yourself in this way, you should be able to verify if what you think makes you happy, actually does make you happy. I know for example, that when I talk about writing, my whole face lights up, my tone of voice changes, my body language is different because I love it so much and feel comfortable being a writer. I know therefore, that I couldn’t live without writing in my life and that’s what my dream job is and that is what I need to do in order to make me happy.

Once you have concluded your priorities for being happy, you next need to decide on what steps to take in order to achieve your dream job. So for example, if you want to be a photographer, your list of steps may read something like this:

  1. Google photography – Check out what area of photography I would like to specialise in, portrait, landscape, still life, animals.
  2. Buy a photography book and magazine to read up about it.
  3. Enrol on a photography course.
  4. Buy a camera recommended by the course.
  5. Practice, practice, practice – Try photographing a range of things.
  6. Join some online photography groups.
  7. Go online and find places to sell my photos.
  8. Establish what products and services I could sell on my own website and for what prices.
  9. Build my own photography website with an integrated shopping cart.
  10. Advertise my products and services in the local media.
  11. Learn to use social media to promote my business.
  12. Sell my products and services.

= You are in your dream job.

So you can see, your dream job is only a plan away but if you don’t act on the plan, then it will always be just a paper exercise. You need to make your dream job happen because no one else can do it for you. Let me know when you have achieved it and you are welcome to do a guest blog post on this site, describing your business and your experience, thereby gaining free publicity. I am confident that together, we can beat redundancy blues.

Stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

 

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About Quirky Books

Published Author of BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF REDUNDANCY TO GET BACK INTO WORK - AN A-Z 'HOW TO' GUIDE and How To Get Started With Twitter For Absolute Beginners, A Step-By-Step Guide. In a nutshell, my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book is a complete A-Z system for getting back into work, and a comprehensive guide about how you can recover from the devastating effects of redundancy to live the life of your dreams. Although this book is predominantly aimed at redundant workers, the content will prove equally useful to jobseekers or anyone looking to change careers for whatever reason. This book provides eighty benefits and covers twenty-six aspects of redundancy. It’s a system because each of the chapters is broken down into ‘5 components of redundancy’. You need to master all components in order to give you the best chance of success at getting back into work. Because this book takes a holistic view of redundancy, one of the key elements to master first of all is wellbeing skills, before progressing through exploring what options are available to you and later, learning the practical job skills. This book is different because it does not just focus on one element of redundancy, but on the many barriers you need to conquer if you are to successfully get back into work, I show you how to deal with the inner trauma and turmoil of being made redundant (health and wellbeing skills), before focusing on the practical elements such as job skills, and deciding on your future path. I have worked in management roles for seven years. Part of my management duties entailed interviewing, recruiting, training and coaching staff and I took part in every aspect of the recruitment process from placing the advert to completing staff inductions and training. I have also experienced the other side of the recruitment process, when I was applying for work and being interviewed for jobs whilst redundant. I have been made redundant twice and each time managed to successfully work my way back up the career ladder. It is from experience that I have gained insight into both points of view and I am able to help others. This book is the first Quirky Book that I published and it's under my own imprint of Quirky Books. It's unique and groundbreaking because it combines two genres, an A-Z Guide with a How To book. Each of its A-Z chapters is about an element of redundancy, and within each chapter it explains how to do things related to that element to break though your barriers of redundancy and beat your redundancy blues. That’s what makes it a quirky book. Buy it from Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BREAK-THROUGH-BARRIERS-REDUNDANCY-GUIDE-ebook/dp/B0128RWB5O Buy it from Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BREAK-THROUGH-BARRIERS-REDUNDANCY-GUIDE-ebook/dp/B0128RWB5O Like on Facebook www.facebook.com/BreakThroughTheBarriersOfRedundancyBook You can view my quirkybooks writing blog at http://www.quirkybooks.wordpress.com

Posted on November 18, 2012, in Advice, anxiety, beat redundancy blues, beatredundancyblues, blog, business, career, depression, Dream job, employment, job, mental health, Redundancy, Social Media, stress, unemployed, unemployment and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Sandra, thank you for all your help, with job hunting. I am nominating you for the inspiring blog award
    http://blogdeliciously.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/inspiring-blogger-award-2/

  2. Hello There. I discovered your weblog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your helpful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  3. Hi Sandra, It’s great that in this post you show that being made redundant really can be a chance and an opportunity to change your life for the better. Aiming for and attaining your dream job really is possible in life and it’s in our own hands to make it happen. Courage, confidence and self-belief are required together with a supportive network – such as the network you provide with your great blog and related activities.
    Have a great week, Louise

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