There has been much media attention lately regarding the ‘mature’ unemployed population both in the UK, USA and Western Europe.
The recent Panorama programme on the BBC showcased the stories of a number of over fifty unemployed professionals who were finding it tough to get back into employment.
We can all empathise with their situations and many people like them. However, it was painfully obvious why some of them were not making any progress finding their next job or career move. That said it is never easy, especially if you have never experienced redundancy or been unemployed.
The reality is that anything is possible. There is a definite process to achieving successful career transition, which will work for you as long as you believe it, navigate the right path and take positive action!
Top 30 tips for older professionals to win through redundancy
1. The most important consideration is MINDSET – ‘You are what you think and feel’!
2. You must ‘let go’ and look forward – turn the potential threat into an opportunity
3. Learn from the past to help you move forward
4. If you believe that you are washed up at 40 or 50 and won’t get another job then this is what is likely to happen unless you change your thinking
5. You are never too old. If you are open to change, thinking differently, being opportunistic and taking control of your career then anything is possible
6. Your language is key and will speak volumes about your mindset – be aware of the power of what you say, how you say it and to whom
7. Don’t bang on about ‘being redundant’ and how badly your employer or the world is treating you
8. Instead, work hard to project a positive image and tell people you’re ‘between jobs and looking for new opportunities’ and show initiative
9. You must believe that people genuinely want to help you but you need to help them
10. People will want to help but only if you are positive and upbeat, as most people have enough baggage of their own!
11. Surround yourself with positive people to boost you up -investing in a career coach can make the difference in how quickly you move forward and act as a catalyst for change
12. There is a definite process to achieve successful career transition and your next career move
13. Learn to embrace our SMP Career Navigation Cycle for a greater chance of success
15. Establish your true marketability – not just your skills but attributes, attitude, knowledge base, networks and achievements
16. Take time out for a break and to clear your head but be wary of taking a few months off as it is important to ‘get back on the horse’ as soon as possible and not to lose self discipline
17. Treat your job search like a project , looking to achieve ‘small wins’ along the way
18. As with any project, you need to review what is working and what isn’t and be open to change and cease any activities that are not helping you move towards your end goal
19. ‘If you always do what you’ve always done you will always get what you’ve always got’
20. Think outside of the box – circumnavigate the recruitment process by looking to create opportunities
21. If 80% of jobs are never advertised in the public domain then learn to spend 80% of your time looking to tap into the ‘hidden job market’ rather than throwing yourself in with all the competition chasing advertised vacancies
22. Develop your networks and make them work for you both online and offline
23. Social media / networks have changed the face of how we live and job search – ‘you have to be in it to win it’!
24. Consider setting up a businesses of your own utilising all your career and life skills, tapping into your passions and interests
25. Plug the learning gaps and re-skill where necessary to make you more marketable
26. Reframe your thinking – maybe it is time to consider ‘generating income’ rather than ‘having a job’
27. Developing a ‘Portfolio Career’ where you earn income from a variety of different activities using a range of skills is often a great way to achieve a fulfilling life style
28. If you are thinking about doing something new but want to try it out first before you decide, volunteering or work shadowing are great ways to dip a toe in the water to see if it’s right for you
29. Develop yourself, build your confidence and self belief
30. Take positive action to make your goal come true!
If you want to know more about developing your career, visit our Career & Personal Development website
Check out our MD Steve Preston’s internationally acclaimed book Winning Through Redundancy – 6 steps to navigate your way to a brighter future. This may help to transform your career and life!