You are redundant from your old job but not from your future.
It’s 2014, time to look forward to the new and exciting path that is before you, full of opportunities, hopes and dreams.
If you want to get back into work, try these 14 Top Tips.
- Put up a good fight against other applicants by having the best cover letter and CV.
- Keep applying for jobs.
- Be ready to change and adapt.
- Be strong and stay strong.
- Work hard and work harder.
- Work smart and work smarter.
- Believe in yourself and your abilities.
- When you look at yourself in the mirror or in a photo, be proud.
- Be positive and stay positive.
- Be the best version of you.
- Boost yourself up, with positive self-talk.
- Reward yourself for working hard in your job-hunt.
- See job-hunting as a challenge that you will conquer.
- Keep looking forward and know – ‘You are on your way’.
When you are initially made redundant, it can be hard to think about your future, to come up with a plan for it, and to set goals. However, in order to move forward with your life, that is exactly what you need to do. Here is some good advice on how to make goals stick.
Those of you that know me personally will also know that I’m not adverse to getting out a camera at the weekend and tagging along with my husband Brett Trafford to photograph a wedding. We were at a wedding last Friday and it started me thinking about how working with your goals is a bit like getting married, yet it so much easier to divorce our goals than our spouses.
My VVW approach to goal setting is simple and could help prevent you from divorcing your goals.
Vows – Make a commitment to yourself as you would your future spouse. During the ceremony the couple promised so much to each other and are unlikely to break them. Ask yourself why you find it so easy to break promises to yourself?
Value – When entering into a marriage we value the thoughts and opinions of our loved one. Its equally important…
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If you are redundant and thinking of starting your own business or of trying a new approach to life, this book may be for you.
Voted best business book 2011 by Brad Burton’s wife, Get of your arse too , is a no-holds barred, tell-it-like-it-is, book about taking action to succeed in all aspects of your life. Brad speaks in his plain talking no-nonsense, meeting-a-mate-down-the-pub voice, making it easy to relate to whatever he is talking about.
In this book you will discover:
- Brad’s own story and what propelled him to move his life forward, both personally and professionally.
- How you can make positive changes to make more progress in your life and career.
- That as you are your business, being true to yourself in all aspects of your business, is essential for it to succeed.
- Ruling fear, instead of letting fear rule you, is a basic principal in getting ahead of whatever is holding you back in your life and career.
- The only way to live your life to its full potential, is your own unique way and only you can lead the way to what you want.
- It’s up to you to rely on yourself to make things work.
- Your success and happiness depends on you.
- There are no short cuts, running your own business means work, work, work, not a quick-fix cash machine.
- What results you get depend on what you put into your life and your business. It’s up to you to work hard, to put the hours in and get off your arse to make things happen.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is on page 5. “There is nothing worse than working for years only to realise that your ladder to success is leaning against the wrong wall.”
In short, Brad continually emphasises throughout the book, that it’s you who must take charge of your own destiny by really thinking about what you want and want really makes you happy. You must then face your fears, learn new stuff, make changes and get of your arse to achieve it.
If you want an unconventional business book to read, or a fresh approach to life and business, then make sure this one is on your list.
Are you currently unemployed? Do you think you would like to run your own business? Are you asking yourself, have I got what it takes to become a self-employed businessman/business woman?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there is no better opportunity of finding out if you are suitable to run your own business, than enquiring about the New Enterprise Scheme and attending an Enterprise Club Start-up Training Course. To learn more about what the course has to offer, read my guest blog article “Have you got the guts to run your own business?’ on Sage One uk.sageone.com/2013/08/23/guts-to-run-your-own-business. The course is free and if you don’t want to go on the New Enterprise Allowance after you have completed the course, you don’t have to but you will receive lots of invaluable information that is vital to starting your own business. When opportunity knocks, don’t close the door.
As always, terms and conditions to attend the course and be able to have the New Enterprise Allowance, do apply.
Let me know if the blog article for Sage One is helpful?
It’s important not to live your life by others, live it by what you believe is right for you.
Plenty of people will try to tell you what job you should be doing and how you should live your life. From now on, you must take control.
Redundancy can make you feel out of control and the way to get it back is for you to take ownership of the situation. Establish your needs and wants right now and in the future. Make a plan on paper about how you are going to get these needs me. Then, you need to start taking action. Write down each day and week, exactly what your goals are. At the end of that day or week, tick off what you have achieved or carry it forward to the next day or week until you have accomplished it. You should have 5 lists:
- Emotional needs – Upset, angry, depressed and want to feel better. Solution, see a counsellor or talk to family and friends.
- Personal needs – Raise your self-confidence. Solution, join a support group, try new things, buy new clothes.
- Professional needs – Need up-to-date skills for jobs. Solution, take a course to update skills, get work experience.
- Financial needs – No income. Solution, get benefits sorted and set a budget for shopping.
- Practical needs – To make job searches as quick and easy as possible. Solution, turn a room into an office for job hunting and visit http://www.beatredundancyblues.com and http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk to get access to Job Sites, Recruitment Sites and Courses Sites from within the one site.
Remember, these are your needs, nobody else’s. If you ask other people what they think you need and want, you are not in control and it defeats the purpose, that is to put you ‘back in the driving seat of your life.’
After you have ticked off each achievement, you still need to acknowledge these successes in your diary. If you do this as positive reinforcement, your subconscious will realise the progress you are making and it will be more motivated to take conscious action.
Until next time