How To Deal With Redundancy In A Positive Way

Redundancy can be a gut wrenching experience. If you have ever been in the unfortunate situation of being made redundant, you will know that redundancy conjures up so many negative emotions…

Fear, uncertainty, sadness, anger, hopelessness, and even panic.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of not being able to find a new job. Fear of being left on the employment scrapheap.

Uncertainty about the future. Uncertainty about what to do next. Uncertainty for your family and loved ones.

Sadness about leaving the job you have had for 15 years. Sadness that you won’t get to see your friends and colleagues every day. Sadness at the realisation that all good things must come to an end.

You feel angry too. Angry that you didn’t see it coming. Angry that you may have been lied to by your employers. Angry that you were powerless to stop this from happening.

Then hopelessness sets in. ‘Why has redundancy happened to me?!’ You feel hopeless that you are never going to find another job. After all you haven’t sat an interview since 1998! Click here for help with interview questions and preparation.

Then you start to panic. Perhaps not on the outside (after all you are trying to show a brave face for your family), but inside you are panicking. There are so many what if’s flying around your brain that your head is spinning. Panic leads back to fear and there you are caught in a never ending downward spiral in your mind. Redundancy leads to a negative downward spiral of emotions. You can focus on all the things you don’t have.

One thing you do have, however, is a choice. You can choose to fight back!


And, if you choose to fight back, this seemingly endless wave of negative thoughts and emotions needn’t last forever.

Redundancy doesn’t have to be this awful thing that happens to you. The thing that casts you aside onto a lonely road that leads to some dark and horrible place. It can also be the start of something amazing. A new beginning. A fresh start.

It can be the chance for you to learn new skills, and meet new people. It can be the opportunity for you to land an even better job, retrain into a new industry and actually improve your situation for  you and your family.

What’s that I hear you say? ’That’s easy for you to say!’….. Well, it is actually! It is easy for me to say because I know the truth of the matter. I know that the secret to turning redundancy into a positive lies in your perception of the situation. It also lies in your willingness to step outside your comfort zone as a job seeker and do whatever is necessary in your job search strategy to get you back into long term employment.

Often, the most daunting part about being back in the job market unexpectedly is where to start. My advice is to start at the start! Seek out some professional advice around pulling together a CV (or updating an old one).  Also, sit down with someone who will help you put a job search strategy together. Interviews can be daunting if you are out of practice, however, that really is all that is required – practice!

Finding a new job is, in it’s simplest form, a process. It is a step by step process that every job seeker has to go through, regardless of the type of job you are applying for. If you practice really hard at that process, you will inevitably become very good at it and you will see looking back that it is nothing to be afraid of. If you be break each part of the process down into small, manageable chunks, you will begin to see results.

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Before you know it, you have a new job. This one comes with a higher salary and a better work/life balance. You have a nicer boss. It is also much closer to home so you spent less time travelling which means you get to spend more time with your family. Did I mention that you’ve also met a whole new bunch of people that you really get on with? Plus you still keep in touch with all your friends from the old place too, in fact you are meeting them all next week for a some drinks!

You never know, redundancy might be the best thing that has ever happened to you!

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6 Things Terrible Bosses Do That Make Their Talented Employees Quit


6 Things Terrible Bosses Do That Make Their Talented Employees QuitBad bosses can make working life a living hell. According to a Gallup study, many working adults left their jobs because of a bad boss. In a study of 7,200 adults, goal setting and managing priorities were two of the most important factors for workers to be satisfied with their managers.

It can be bemusing when you listen to managers or bosses complain that their best employees are leaving. The thing is, we don’t leave our jobs – we leave our bosses. No employee wants to be in a stiff and tense environment where there is no room to achieve one’s career goals. It is important for bosses to recognize our needs and fulfill our desires. Here are some things bosses do that make us leave.

1. Terrible bosses don’t trust us

We live in a world where trust is a scarce commodity, but employing someone means that you have a certain amount of belief in the person’s abilities. There is no point in always looking over your shoulder. When a boss continually questions every action or decision we make, we will become frustrated. We need the opportunity to prove our worth.

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2. They don’t reward us for our good work

We are not expecting an instant promotion for making the company better and achieving a part of the company’s objectives. Yet there is nothing wrong in offering us a pat on the back. There is no one who doesn’t like a thumb up for their hard work. When we work our butts off to meet deadlines and reach goals, we should be rewarded for a job well done. We won’t leave the company if we are being rewarded for our efforts.

3. Terrible bosses are dishonest

Every employee values truth and honesty. It is important for bosses to possess character. There really is no excuse for a manager to be dishonest and lie to their employees. When we catch the boss lying, it becomes difficult for us to believe in what the company stands for. We want our bosses to have integrity and solid character.

4. They are difficult

How much opportunity are we given to express our thoughts and offer our ideas? Bosses who let their employees leave could have this know-it-all persona that scares us and our wonderful ideas away. Just as much as bosses are full of great ideas, we also have great ideas of our own. Try and prompt us to be expressive rather than stifle us with authority.

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5. Terrible bosses overwork us

According to a study, overworking employees more than 50 hours diminishes their productivity. No employee wants to be burnt out. Rather than try to break us down with more work, appreciate and value our effort by rewarding us with a better status for our hard work. Even when we are talented and resourceful at our job, we can’t keep producing good work if we’re burnt out. Increasing our workload means the boss should also be willing to offer us a better status, a better paycheck and a better work environment. If they want to turn us into a slave without offering us more rewards, walking out the door seems to be a better deal.

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6. They hire and promote the wrong people

Nothing is as awful as a talented person working under a blockhead. You can’t get the best out of a poor structural chain. To get hard working employees to stay, bosses need to learn to have the right people in the right places. They should learn to hire other talented people, who boost the efficacy of already talented employees. When the wrong people are promoted instead of let go, bosses are only creating a platform for the right and talented employees to walk away.

Original post written by Casey Imafidon:

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Future Of Tech Jobs – General Assembly Event

Thanks to everyone who came along to the ‘Tech Jobs Of The Future’ event at General Assembly here in Sydney on Thursday 4th June! It was great to speak to so many people who are genuinely in need of some help in the job market.

The audience was made up of a mixture of IT & Digital professional as well as those who are looking to transition into a career in IT.

As the only recruiter on the panel I fielded a lot of questions from the audience at the end, which was really enjoyable.

I also had a chance to network with the audience at the end of the panel discussion.

Events like this are so important because firstly it is FREE to attend, however, it is also a super relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is welcome and there is free beer which is always a thumbs up in my book! I will hopefully be getting more involved with GA later this year so there will be more to come…

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Tech Jobs Of The Future – General Assembly Event – 4th June 2015