Redundant? Your 5 Step Action Plan – How To Turn A Job Loss Into An Opportunity. Survive and Thrive!
I’ve been through the stress of losing my job a few times over the years, always in circumstances beyond my control.
If I hadn’t experienced the sheer terror of thinking I could lose my home I may never have had the courage, or cash, to go backpacking to the other side of this awesome planet.
I may not have moved house.
I probably wouldn’t have studied for a degree or learnt numerous new skills.
I could go on and on.
On my journey from worthlessness and fear to confidence and personal acceptance I’ve picked up a few tips on how to cope.
I’d love to share how you can turn a redundancy or job loss into a positive experience and opportunity. I’ll give you some ideas and reassure you.
You are not on your own.
You really can come out smiling, in fact smiling throughout really helps not just you, but also your colleagues to get through the bad days!
First things first, get yourself a notebook and pen.
It’ll become invaluable. Treat yourself to one that makes you smile, not one you always use in your current job. This book will become important so buy one you like the feel of and that’s easy to carry around.
Now Your 5 Step Action Plan – How To Turn A Job Loss Into An Opportunity
1 – GET THE FACTS
Book an appointment with a legal advisor and your bank or financial advisor.
If you are in a union or with a caring company they may provide this free of charge. Most lawyers, in UK at least, will do a free consultation.
Get online, look for local resources, drop in centres.
If you’ve been shut out of your job without notice, don’t panic, still book appointments. You need to know your rights.
Write down the questions you have (these will often come to you at 2am so keep your notepad at the side of your bed) you’ll then be ready to ask the real experts. This’ll help you sleep as you’ll feel more in control.
Get facts, write them down, with dates and names of who told you what.
You won’t remember. Trust me!
Everyone will have an opinion and it will all pile up in your brain. To manage it all and make sense of the chaos your notebook will be invaluable.
Sadly some cases do go to legal action, if you need to go down that route your notebook will be invaluable. It’s handy to speak with people you know, especially those who’ve been through it, however don’t take their advice as fact.
Unless your friend is an employment lawyer they may not be giving you accurate information.
Refresh your CV.
It’s good to do this exercise with someone who knows you well. We all have skills that we don’t recognise. You could ask a colleague who is going through the same changes to sit down offer a coffee and go through the exercise together.
If you’re being offered a redundancy package it is probably highly detailed and could take months if not years to be put in writing. Don’t wait, start your research early.
So, the stressful stuff is in hand. The lawyer and bank appointments are in the diary, the CV is up to speed. Now have some fun!