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Australia – Turning redundancy into opportunity

20 December 2013

This time of year can be a challenging time for gaining employment, particularly if a jobseeker has been made redundant. However, Davidson Recruitment senior consultant Kimberley Richards says it doesn’t need to be with her advice on how to turn ‘redundancy into opportunity’, reports probonoautralia.com.au.

For many who have been made redundant, time is spent at home applying for hundreds of jobs, losing motivation and self-confidence because of not hearing any feedback, or being told that they were only one of 200 applicants who have applied for the job.

Every week, many people are made redundant. Although these conversations are challenging; the flip side is that, over the past five years since the global financial crisis, these redundancies end in genuine success stories.

Some of these stories include: a friend who was made redundant and found temporary work at a popular Queensland charity - in addition to paying her mortgage, she made some incredible contacts there and has utilised them to gain her next career opportunity.

Another was an accounting candidate who had relocated to Brisbane, joined a Not for Profit organisation in finance as its volunteer treasurer in order to meet people in Brisbane and ultimately through those connections found a job.

A key component to each of these stories is that each jobseeker took action and thought outside the box to gain their next opportunity.

Jobseekers need to be warned; to advance into securing a new position takes dedicated focus and hard work.

The festive season is a challenging time to find employment, if a jobseeker is financially able to hold off on their job hunt until the New Year, preparation can be key to securing a new job.

Options include:

  • Enrolling in a career course
  • Reading (arguably) the world's best-selling career advice book: "What colour is your parachute?";
  • Updating LinkedIn profile, gaining recommendations, and linking up with work related contacts;
  • Sign up for temporary work while looking for a permanent role;
  • Take a break, recharge your batteries, and gain a new perspective at a retreat;
  • Re-connect with people you have worked with in the past – reportedly, up to 80% of jobs are not even advertised;
  • Attend networking and industry events relevant to your career;
  • Volunteer your services to a charity in the lead up to Christmas.

Volunteering is great to boost a jobseeker’s health and career. Gaining exposure to volunteer organisations not only helps other people, it also increases the volunteer’s confidence and happiness.

A survey carried out by the TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK's leading businesses:

  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without;
  • 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to your skill-set;
  • 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited by obtaining a new job, improving their salary or being promoted.

Volunteering has also been proven to have health benefits including increasing self-confidence, combating depression and staying physically healthy.

The momentum of activity can help a jobseeker on so many levels including gaining new skills, improving mental and physical health, improving self-confidence, making new connections, and ultimately gaining new employment.

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