Below are a few tips for anyone who has experienced redundancy who is now looking for work:
When it comes to interviewing for new opportunities, it is not uncommon for jobseekers to avoid mentioning their redundancy to future employers. However, we would recommend transparency in this situation. Employers are well aware that in today’s economy, redundancies are a reality.
They may have also read news stories in the industry press related your previous employer’s redundancies. So remember it is the position that is redundant, not you and be upfront about your situation.
Consider how your work impacts all areas of your life
It’s normal to experience anxiety after redundancy and be so focused on securing a new role that you forget to think carefully about what you want from your next move. Take some time out to stop and consider how your next career move could impact on any other areas of your life, such as your health, family, social life. It’s important that the next move is the right one for you in the longer term.
Polish your skills
You may feel a sense of rejection post redundancy, which is completely normal. However, prior to interviewing, you need to brush off the feelings of negativity and remember what skills and experience you do have and get prepared to sell yourself again.
It may well have been a few years since you last went through any form of assessment or interview so you may not be aware that employers today have longer recruitment processes. Despite the market picking up again and the rise in hiring, employers remain cautious as they want to ensure they hire the best people who will be a good cultural fit.
As a result, you may well be faced with more interview stages, competency based interview questions, psychometric tests or skills based testing. In some instances, our candidates face a full day of testing for some of our larger clients. With this in mind, it is time to brush up your interview skills and feel free to ask your Cobalt consultant for advice surrounding this.
If you would like to speak with one of our consultants about your next move, contact your nearest Cobalt office or register online with your CV.