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5 Tips When Facing Redundancy

19 Jan 2016

5 Tips When Facing Redundancy

The recruitment market in Aberdeen is complex at the moment

The North Sea oil and gas market is enduring a myriad of challenges. The main one being many employees are facing redundancy, some of whom have worked for their employer for several years.

 

Last week, myself and my colleague Lucy were asked to support a large oil and gas service company to assist them with their redundancy process and to coach their employees on entering the job market. Despite facing redundancy, all of the people we met were surprisingly upbeat and positive, given their current situation.

 

Being a part of this process has provided me with unique insight and I wanted to take this opportunity to share my top tips when facing redundancy. DO NOT take it personally. (which I appreciate may be easier said than done). Take this time to really evaluate your career to date and take things from there.

 

Don't check out just yet

Remain your committed and loyal self. Keep morale levels up within the team and make your last few weeks trouble-free, this will hold you in good stead; don’t burn any bridges. You don’t know what is going to happen in the future, you may end up working with the same manager, team and so on. You really want to go out with your head held up high!

 

Make a list

Note down all your tasks and duties before wrapping things up in your current job. Think back to a busy “day in the life” of your role and start making notes so that its an easy process to update your CV. When you leave a job it soon becomes a distant memory and you can easily forget valuable information that can really make you stand out from others when applying for new positions.

 

Consider how you've grown

Really think about your key skills and experiences, any achievements that you have done in your current role and note these down as well. Don't miss anything out, something that may not seem like an achievement to you could be something that your next employer is really looking for, so you could be withholding further valuable information and selling yourself short!

 

Make it easier for yourself

Sign up to all job alerts so that you get all round cover to hear about the latest vacancy posted. Register with the top three agencies in your area. Don't be too excessive here as you may see repetition of roles and this can end up resulting in duplications of your CV, which is often a straight dismissal of both CVS.

 

Really think about the jobs you are applying for; are you sure you are a right fit for the role and are you excited by the position? Redundancy can cause a lot of panic applying, which is completely understandable, however take a step back and really think about your application and reasons for choosing the opportunity.

 

Go social

Get on LinkedIn. Already registered? Then update your profile so employers can find you. Make sure you have a professional profile picture, people tend not to view profiles of those that don’t have a picture, and you want to give yourself the maximum exposure as possible.

 

Connect with those that you have worked with, present day and in the past, it can be as simple as a case of who you know in this tight market. Aberdeen is smaller than you think!

 

These are just a few of our top tips to try and assist you. To bridge the gap between redundancy and your next role, or if you would like a confidential chat, get in touch my emailing me at rachel.strachan@edenscott.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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