Are The Office Rumours Suggesting Redundancies?

Long before the actual day that redundancies occur there are usually clear signals that something is not as it should be.  You may have heard rumours.  You may have seen people coming to meetings for no clearly stated reason.  It may just be that your instincts are working well and you sense something is wrong.  On the other hand, HR may have told you to expect a reorganisation of the business…and doesn't that set the cat amongst the pigeons!!  Once people are unsettled and feeling insecure you start to see the real character of those you are working with, and yourself too. 

Whatever has made you feel concerned that redundancies may be coming now is the time to act.  

1.  Know your redundancy entitlements

Fairwork Australia – www.fairwork.gov.au – offers wonderful information about your entitlements if your job is made redundant.  They also have great information to help you determine if you have been unfairly dismissed.  I have made a short video to introduce you to this website and show you where to find the information you may need to research.  Facing Redundancy: What To Do Before You Sign Anything

2. Prepare Yourself For Redundancy

It is a shock to find that your job is redundant and your services are no longer required.  There are several things you can do, but panicking is not one of them!  The better prepared you are the less you will be impacted by this situation and the faster you can move on to the next phase of your working life. 

I invite you to read this article Facing Redundancy: 8 Things To Do If You Think Your Job Might Be Made Redundant

3. Career Counselling, Career Coaching and Outplacement Services

Clarity Career Management offers Career Counselling, Career Coaching and Outplacement Services and can be contacted on 1300 851821.  These services often be negotiated as part of your redundancy package and will make a huge difference to your confidence as you make decisions about your future, as well as to the strategies that you will use to get your next job. 

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.  So what?  Get started now. How can you build your confidence?  With each step you take you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful” – Mark Victor Hansen

Armed with the awareness of your transferable skills, knowledge, attributes, your personality and values, and the clues that your interests and passions have given you, I hope you are feeling very confident about your personal value.  Becoming a confident person involves developing a high level of self-awareness.

Confidence enables you to show who you really are and what you are capable of.  With confidence, you can attack your situation, keep going if hurdles or problems arise and use your inner strength to make the best possible impression on employers.  However when you are experiencing problems at work it is common to experience crises of confidence.

In the context of a critical career change in your life, you need to be able to build your confidence in order to move from your comfort zone into new territory. 

How can you build your confidence? Confidence can mean the difference between you making that career change easily or with a struggle. With confidence you can attack your situation, keep going if hurdles or problems arise and use your inner strength to make the best possible impression on employers.  Confidence enables you to show who you really are and what you are capable of. 

How do you build your confidence? Here are five critical steps you need to take:

·         Fake it ‘til you make it:  Recognize the behaviors which indicate that your self-confidence is not strong.  Change these behaviors and you will change the way people perceive you.

·         Face the demons:  Identify the areas of your life in which your self-confidence is lacking.

·         Face the challenges with courage and wisdom:  Career change is not a blind leap of fate, but rather a conscious decision with a calculated risk.

·         Learn and grow: Develop an attitude of learning from everything and growing into a mature person, an individual oozing with confidence and who can take on any challenges with gusto.

·         Feel empowered: Allow yourself to consider all styles of work, even those that you have not done before.  Whatever your decision, you will know that you made your choice having considered all options.

 Feeling confident and empowered is vital to your success find out more information by visiting http://ClarityCareerManagement.com.au.  

Fake it ‘til you make it!

With the help of those closest to you try to identify the things you do which indicate your lack of confidence.  It’s funny how you can consciously change your behavior and act in a way that suggests you are much more confident that you feel, and people will take that new behavior on face value. 

Pretend you feel confident!  Facing your biggest fear can be as easy as ….Walk like a confident person, speak like a confident person, smile with confidence.  Not only can this change the way other people perceive you, but it can also have a big impact on making you actually feel more confident.

Face the Demons!

Confidence is critical, but when you are experiencing problems at work it is common to temporarily misplace your belief in yourself.  Sometimes, just when you most need it, your confidence is at an all-time low. The key here is to find out the sources of these issues and rise above them.

This is not meant to be a depressing section of the book.  On the contrary, it’s a realistic look at what happens to people and what you can do to overcome the problem if it affects you.

Facing your Biggest Fear of failure

Many people thinking about changing careers naturally feel a sense of fear. No, you are not alone. If you’ve had the same job for many years making a change can be very stressful. Making a big career change which may involve undertaking study can mean an even greater level and degree of fear. Again this is not uncommon.  Fear of the unknown is natural.

 

One of the biggest fears we usually face is the fear of failure. When you start taking steps towards changing your career, some of your friends and family members may discourage you. With the best, but misguided, intentions they may reinforce the fear you are already feeling. Probably they are trying to protect you in case you don’t get the job you want. Alternatively, they think you may get a job and find that you do not have the competence and the confidence to perform well. Don’t let their concerns get you down. Make up your own mind, and be aware that change will only happen if you are prepared to step forward and take a few chances.

 

There are two things to remember here. Being afraid is a natural reaction, particularly when you are treading in unfamiliar territory, and even the most confident person has moments of doubts and fears when faced with a new challenge.

 

Problems create problems

If things are going badly at home or work it is difficult to get yourself into the positive frame of mind which supports a confident career change. 

 

If your family life is stressful, or you are engulfed in financial woes, your stress levels may worsen and you are more likely to be depressed than enthusiastic. Work stresses are often out of your control.  If your job description changes or your boss makes demands you feel unable to meet, you may feel under undue pressure.  Poor management can often contribute to employees’ dissatisfaction and stress. Stress can magnify if you have a serious disagreement with a work colleague, if your job skills are no longer enough to handle the work you are required to perform or if the culture at your workplace takes a turn for the worse.

 

Tension at work is an unhealthy situation. Your productivity will suffer.  Your health is likely to suffer. Your employer is not getting the best from you, and the cycle goes on.  Sadly, a bad work atmosphere usually only gets worse; people talk about you, or you feel that they are doing so, and everything becomes toxic.

 

People who are struggling for one reason or another will find making a career change far more difficult than those in a happy state of mind. Be kind to yourself and recognize that you may need extra help making your career change if you are not feeling on top of life!

As a mature worker, looking for work can be a pain, especially if you haven’t got a clear career goal in mind.  A goal is important as it will define your success.. .or failure.  Creating clear and realistic career goals is often neglected by people. Having clearly defined goals is an important ingredient in achieving career success.

Your career goals will define all the decisions you will make in managing your career. Goals will give you a clearer direction so you can direct your efforts to something that will work for you. It will also help you evaluate the success of a career move you make as you are looking for work.

Creating career goals is a very simple step in your career development. It doesn’t require over-analysis of things or extensive technical expertise. But of course it would be best to get the support of someone who truly understands your needs and has the expertise to give you sound career advice. A career coach can help you achieve the career you’ve always wanted by assisting you in plotting your career goals and providing you with the tools you need to be successful in your chosen career.

 Well defined goals will lessen the possibility of distractions and will give you a better view of what you want to achieve professionally. The 7 Steps to Personal CareCareer Breakthrough program (hyperlink here) is designed to help you get in control of your working life and what you really want to achieve in your career, as well as teaching you how you can effectively market yourself and be noticed as an outstanding person in your field of work. It provides strategies to help you get noticed by important career decision makers for the right reasons in your current job and in the job market if you are looking for work. Once of the most powerful strategies is the use of LinkedIn. If you want many tips about how to unlock the hidden job market through the use of LinkedIn you can download our free ebook, LinkedIn:  Tips and Tricks to Unlock the Hidden Job Market.

Over the past decade career trends have changed considerably. Many jobs which were deemed to be in demand years ago are now a thing of the past. Advancement in technology gave birth to countless career choices. Because of this, today’s workforce is more daring and is more open to change.

Today, many career changes happen because people realise that there is more to a job than just something that provides financial security. Many people are interested and willing to pursue the careers they have always wanted.

Happiness and contentment, especially when it comes to career choices, can only be achieved when you know yourself well, when you know your strengths and weaknesses, and your work values. The first step to a successful career change is to reflect on your needs and wants both personally and professionally.

Every person considering a career change should also evaluate their skills and whether these skills can be used in a job they are interested in. Consider if your current skills can be monetized and if they have the potential to provide you with a significant source of income. If not, then it’s time to update your skills through workshops and trainings. It is also best to seek the help of a professional career coach.

Pursue your lifelong goals. Don’t dwell on your fears. Don’t get consumed by what you think you can’t do! Never miss opportunities! Great career choices are out there. You just need to reach out to them. Yes, the possibility of failing is there, but if you don’t try you definitely fail in achieving your goals. You can succeed and you will succeed.

The real essence of career change is to find your real worth. A successful career change is all about discovering your purpose and achieving a sense of fulfilment from doing something you truly love. The 7 Steps to a Personal Career Breakthrough Program provides great career assistance so people can be successful in whatever career they choose to pursue. Learn more about it. Contact us now!