BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF REDUNDANCY BLOG BOOK TOUR BEGINS:
A gigantic Shout Out of thanks to Al Forbes from http://kattermonran.com for being the first blog stop on my Blog Book Tour, it’s much appreciated.
I am now a published Author of Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work -An A-Z ‘How To’ Guide. Available to buy on Amazon Kindle.
This book is different to any other redundancy or job-seeking book on the market, because it takes a holistic view of redundancy that is about how to deal with the initial grief and depression that comes with redundancy, and use redundancy as an opportunity for reflection and a time to go back to the roots of who you are and what you were born to do, before all of the ‘noise’ of life got in the way, such as marriage, kids, and mortgage; to discover your dream job and lifestyle, and help you to get it. It also explains how to deal with the practicalities of job-hunting, CV and cover letter writing, and how to answer tough interview questions. Plus, it also has a whole chapter devoted to discovering if self-employment would be right for you!
At beatredundancyblues we love a good redundancy success story. Artist Matthew Evans, tells us about his.
I was originally made redundant in September 2012. Looking back it has been quite a whirlwind year and all of those old clichés are still going around in my head, “they’ve done you a favour”, “everything happens for a reason“ and “they didn’t deserve you”. All very kind words at the time but initially I wasn’t convinced. I had never had that much confidence in my previous job, even though I had held on to it for twenty one years. The truth is, looking back I was in a rut and going nowhere, a comfortable, yet empty existence. The one thing I did have going for me was my artwork, which I have done as a hobby for all of my life. Originally I wanted to be a journalist and enjoyed writing at school but was convinced to go with my head and not my heart and studied graphics. I went into greeting cards and although I never did much card illustration in my job, my art exhibiting hobby began to develop. Unfortunately, the day never came when I had the nerve to leave my job. That decision was made for me when I was made redundant. Going back to those well worn clichés, I thought they might right.
I was unemployed for three months and did the usual looking at job pages but found that many jobs were specialised. I continued to paint and set about scanning my art and registered with an artists agency. Although I realised this would take a while, it gave me focus. Also, my daughter’s school, that is just around the corner, asked me to volunteer in class a few days a week. I toyed with the idea of teaching assistant and looked into courses, something which still interests me. I was going in all different directions but keeping busy.
Then the breakthrough, I went to an open day for an insurance customer service job working on the telephones, which I had never done before. Because training was included and they said they were more interested in personality and personal attributes than experience, I decided to apply. I got the job and what a transformation it has been. Over the last ten months, it hasn’t been easy and I have been faced with a lot of challenges but this is what I needed to lift me from my rut. I had my days of low confidence and “what am I doing?”. I stuck at it and now I have a new vocation which I never would have thought of before. The support I have received from new colleagues and the team leaders has been fantastic. There is a long way to go but at least I am going somewhere and I can look back and see the meanings of those clichés – “Redundancy is not the end but a chance for a new beginning” and “don’t be a afraid of trying something new.”
Regarding my other interests, my new employer is also very active in the community, so maybe I can volunteer in schools and arts projects as part of their day to make a difference scheme. My art continues with a few sales from the agency and I am now making my own range of handmade cards available in local coffee shops. I am hoping to develop this in the future so that these are also featured on the websites I subscribe to. It is important to have the best of all worlds as my art has always been a constant companion and it is still there. My new employers are also showing interest in my art. I still need to work on my self-belief and overcome a few more challenges to build confidence and maybe that eventual breakthrough will come. From my own experience, I would say, keep positive and try all avenues, as you never know which is the one. Believe in yourself even in the dark days and never be scared to accept help, there is a lot out there. I fully support what Sandra is doing with this site and hope to continue my links in the future.
My story will continue and if you want to see my work please visit:
I produce commissions for private buyers with subjects including pets, houses, landscapes and portraits and take part in many local and national exhibitions. My work features regularly in local newspapers and is used to raise money for various charities. I specialise in capturing the atmospheric effects of light on water at evening and sunset inspired by trips to Cumbria, Wales Scotland and Europe.
In recent years I have continued to build my local profile in local shows, especially through my work with several art societies most notably The Huddersfield Art Society. In 2011, I was pleased to be asked to serve as their President, after carrying out a number of roles on their Council.
In September 2011, I took part in a group show with Barry De More and Matthew Midgley at the Smith Gallery, Brighouse. I exhibited forty pieces in a show which was well received by the public and Council alike, and it achieved good sales. During this show I was also asked to discuss my work with several school groups to encourage them to produce their own pieces for the Peter Brook Art Prize.
I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this year’s Brighouse Arts Festival to coincide with The Queen’s Jubilee.
My internet presence is building and in late 2011 my work was included on www.Londonart.co.uk.
I hope that 2013 will herald more exciting opportunities to continue my own development and help others to fulfil their full potential also.
- Launch of sandrabellamy.co.uk (quirkybooks.wordpress.com)
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?