Hello everyone, and welcome to the webinar. I’m Steve Nicholls, a career coach based in the UK – I’ll introduce myself properly in a couple of minutesSome of you will have noticed the background image. Its meant to be a phoenix… ……so this is all about what's next after redundancy, or what if you are aware there's a threat of redundancy at your company? I should add that I have experienced this situation, so I know what it feels like.But I’m going to try to keep to the positives, always looking forward. If this happens to you, it’s another mountain to be climbed – So today is about trying to find a path over that mountain that works for you, so a pick and mix tool kit of ideas is what I plan to bring to you – so that you, like the phoenix, can get that new job, reinvent yourself with a change of career direction perhaps? Lots of thoughts and ideas to discuss with you.I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn, so you’ll find the link to my profile on the attachments tab just above – click once to bring it into view, and once again to close the tab and bring yourself back to the presentation.
Ok, a bit of background about webrecruit and myself. As I said, I’m Steve Nicholls, a career coach based in the UK. My passion is to help professionals to either change career or develop their current career. I’m all about helping you get the career and life that you were meant to have. I have to say though that what I offer in these webinars isn’t coaching; it’s more about offering you tools and strategies for coping and moving forward – just to make that distinctionBefore I got into Career coaching I was in b2b sales (consultancy), and project management, general & senior management. So I’ve been in the “real world” if you will, just so you know a little bit about my career. Incidentally, I’ve been through the career change process myself – and redundancy!! So, it’s a real pleasure to be working with Webrecruit to bring this webinar to you.I hope you all know a little of Webrecruit? First fixed-fee recruiter in the UK. Established 11 yrs, Chairman is James Caan, highly successful entrepreneur (you might know him from the UK TV programme Dragons Den). Webrecruit have also recently taken the USA by storm, and launched their service over there. Perhaps some candidates are listening from the USA?As I always say - My style is that I may use a bit of humour occasionally, but I’m deadly serious about helping you, and I sincerely hope that this webinar does help you.And, please watch the other webinars on this channel. Career Change, Transferable Skills, Video Interviews, Job Interviews, Motivation, as well as other great content on the channelTimings Today: The webinar content itself will probably run to around 30/40 minutes, so there will be time for questions at the end, but please feel free to ask the questions as we go along, so that we’ll have a bank of them built up as we go. So how do you ask a question?Explain how to log questions
An ill wind…..Once the gossip starts to go around the office, or news of an “all staff” meeting in the offing…. What should you do first?Why me? – I could tell you not to panic or be concerned, which would be wrong, as you will – its unavoidable and a natural stageThings not to do – purposely put that way around, as the slides will be too – we want to leave any negativity behindPractical steps to take; this is where the toolkit beginsIdeas for staying motivated through the time until your next jobWhere do we go from today’s session; what else can you do?If you miss anything, all of the webinars are recorded, so you can watch them again – pause, etc.By the way, Many of the points I’m covering today cross over into if you’ve been dismissed from a position – equally unpleasant, but with different aspects to discuss obviously, and Im always happy to chat to you about your individual circumstances.
The first whiff in the air that something is happening, the feeling of a storm on the horizon – the R word is being talked about!..... redundancy!!It’s a “water cooler conversation” as they call it in the usa. Someone gets a bit of info that suggests something is happening in the company. The word gets around and it’s at that point you probably start to think “I haven’t updated my CV/Resume for a long time”! From my own experiences, the subsequent discussions, both at work and at home can eat up a lot of time, and understandably so.So, it’s coming, we can’t avoid it, what next?Keep the image of the storm in your mind, as I’ll be referring back to it later…
I assure you im not being dismissive here. It’s a serious situation, particularly if we have family responsibilities also.Ive been the guy in the picture before – made redundantIm taking about your mind-set, as I will do until I'm blue in the face with it. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, you have to find a way within yourself to let go of that negative feeling. It’s going to take a few days perhaps for your thoughts to settle, and I understand that. But please, please don’t let that drift into weeks…Imagine yourself in the career & life of your dreams; something you were put on this earth to do. It takes a big shift to do this, and like I said sometimes a few days to come out of the initial shock, but come out of it you must if you’re going to move forward.
So – what NOT to do -
When you are informed you’re role is being ‘cut’, Don't:take it personally – in reality, its the job that has been cut; made redundant, not youget too down about yourself – same as before, it’s the job, not youmost people facing redundancy sometimepanic, don’t make rash decisionsfeel negatively about the company that made you redundant. That can be a tough one, depending on how you feel they handled it.
It can be a stressful time but there are people who can help you cope. Rewinding slightly, (this applies to the UK; check your own country) if you join a union, immediately you join you should be entitled to representation at any HR type meetings (one to one), which in some circumstances can be useful. They will even negotiate on your behalf if appropriate.Also, you can speak to a counsellor, who can help you make sense of what you're feeling, put things into perspective and support you in moving on. In the UK you can find one by searching the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's database. If you Google bacp it’s the first link there.Check with your employer, too, to see if they are part of the Employee Assistance Programme that provides free practical and emotional support to workers and their families who are going through difficult times.Discussion groups on LinkedIn – join Webrecruits group for example, but also search for “redundancy” in the groups search facility – caveat – focus on forward momentum.
Lets plan for your future
I’d like you to visualize one of the earlier slides with the storm clouds… now focus on this slideDo:keep calmstay positive, see redundancy as an opportunity for changefocus on moving on, rather than looking backtake stock of your situation and look at your optionsget advice from professional advisers or coachestalk to your friends and family. The more you communicate the better
What next? The future, that’s what!Point to words on slide:A quote by myself, but I hope it’s just common sense. I’ll pause for a moment so you can read it………Ok, about the quick fix part of that statement – so that you know I’m a realist. I know there are sometimes very real pressures to get an income coming in, and what do you do in that situation? Focussing on your ideal dream career might seem a luxury, so in that case put all your efforts into getting that next job… The irony is that you will get that quick fix job, then after the short honeymoon period, you may start to look at what you’d really like to do with your life (a cycle). But if you have any little voice in your head telling you you’re not in the right career, then make a solid diary note to address this while you’re in work (employed), and while money is coming in, so that you can review things in a relaxed, focussed way.
Daily motivators – a mix of career and lifestyle - to stay in a positive, focussed, business-likemindset.Now it’s about tactics to get you moving forward under your own momentum. These are my own personal tactics for daily life, and I walk the walk with these things – in other words, I do all of them. I’d be interested to hear in the questions tab if you can add to these activities. Take which ones work for you; leave the rest.Daily mantras “I am in my ideal career, and my life has never been better” – repeat through day – make up your own. You have to believe it though…Meditate – 10 minutes to clear your mind – how many do this already?Rise early – minimize the lie ins….Talk to others in the same situation (real or virtual, pref both)Create and follow and to-do list – at least 5 things a day – do this before you go to bed – to-do lists? Wow Steve, very innovative I hear you say! But how many of you actually do this?Voluntary work – could be motivated by work or personal valuesOther:Exercise – simple, good old walking is excellent to get your thinking goingKeep eating healthily – nutrition can affect mindset. I’m not the expert here, but read a lot about this areaSeek support – professional or otherwise (I have business coach and mentor, and a coaching mentor or two!)If someone tries to engage you in gossip – change the subjectGive someone a sincere compliment, or help someone to do something
Recap:The world really is your oysterTake stock – career change? or fast new job? Depends on your circumstancesLinkedin – create a great profile so that recruiters can find youNetwork – virtually and local networking eventsSelf employment - funding often available for business start upsA complete change of direction?Let’s look at a couple of these in more detail…
Career change? Why? Separate webinar on this subject…ONE IN THREE OF ALL PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY IN THEIR JOBSMini overview of how I suggest you go about it:Step back, need to take time to explore – for example my career change programme of 12 sessions? 8 are exploration. 8 are about digging deep and finding out as much about the real youNote things like your values, skills, abilities, ideal working environment, drawing on ideas you might have had 20 years ago. I cover a lot more than this of course, but it gives you an idea.Get all of these ideas down on paper, and keep growing that list. Now that list could be a spreadsheet, a typed list, or like in the above example – paper cuttings, also easily done by printing out things from the internet.So what are you looking for when looking for ideas to generate? Be in a “constant mode of enquiry”Window cleaner example – no insult to window cleaners! – work own hours, meeting new people, working outdoors – write down these things too – ASPECTS of jobs, not just job titlesSo always be looking around, thinking, observing, and noting. Writing things down has to be done; no short cuts to this.So it need a lot of exploration. And noting down of ideas
Same or parallel field of work? It for example but within a different environment?Informational Interviews - explainTransferable skills – see next slide
This is an example from a live exercise I did a couple of months ago.First of all I showed a slide of a waiter and asked people what transferable skills they thought the waiter hadThen I showed a slide of a “generic” suited managerThink about job specific skills (to your area of expertise), general skills (team player etc), soft skills (communicator, areas around emotional intelligence, which I cannot fail to mention really – high eq outperforms high IQ – assuming a level skill and qualification level)---------------------------------------------------------------------------So just briefly on that subject, if you have a list of transferable skills, how do you use that at an interview?Challenge: What were some of the challenges you faced? Actions: What actions did you take to overcome the challenges? Results: What were the results of your work?So really rehearse; Where have you successfully used these abilities, skills and attributes? - real examples… REAL STORIES ARE SO POWERFULAbsolutely vital, as you need to be able to demonstrate them to employers – apart from believing in them, and really “owning” them, so that when you talk about them, you come across as totally authentic
So, some further help post redundancy – get your social media up to speed!Social media 101 – I’ll be a little while on this slide because I’m absolutely passionate about the power of social media, if used sensibly.LinkedIn still dominates as a source for both recruiters and candidates, although there are other options appearing on the web. From a candidates perspective then, I seem to come across the same issues or shortcomings on a Linked In profile: Photograph…. Dear oh dear! Some are either taken with a mobile phone (fine , but think of what it actually looks like to a recruiter), or with an expression that can literally be scary! I suggest a neutral “smile” dressed in appropriate clothing. It’s great that you love your spouse (or your best friend) by the way, but a photo with half their head in it? Well, you get my point I’m sure!Sticking with LinkedIn; does your Title text state exactly what you’re seeking or offering? Plenty of people have got this right I appreciate, but I’m talking to those who have got perhaps a past role, or a hobby job, or a voluntary role as their headline. The headline is your big chance to “get in there” and state your case. I know that this isn’t always easy, as some of you won’t want to broadcast your intentions to the world, due to current employer possibly looking at your profile – fair enough in that instance.Moving onto Twitter, my experience with this has been that it’s an underestimated tool for business networking, and can be seen as a bit “lite” re the job hunt. Not so, I’ve known of many folks who have built a modest following and have reaped the rewards from this. There are employers and recruiters on Twitter, that much is definite. It’s how you engage with a person that dictates the outcomes; I suggest following those people and organizations that interest you, try to keep your following/followers ratio fairly balanced. Retweeting people’s tweets is the best method of creating relationships – but my own philosophy is that it must be based from a win-win perspective (Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People covers this), which should, I suggest, be at the core of the way you “think” about and use Twitter. Give first, it’s as simple as that. No simply wading in asking for things from people please… Simple human engagement will show that you’re a good/interesting/helpful person to follow, and make your tweets interesting – and not all about you. I’m still learning, but these are fundamentals that can take months to “get”, so I hope this will help you.Continuing briefly with Twitter, Hashtags (#hr for example) are a means of appearing in peoples timelines who use the same hashtags. Don’t just invent them randomly; you can search for them in Twitter and see which ones give you the best potential audience for your tweets. Use something like Buffer, Hootsuite, or any other preferred tool to manage, schedule and monitor your interactions.
Please score and comment – we need to learn what works and what doesn’t with these webinars, and I really appreciate seeing your feedbackI hope you’re on LinkedIn. Lets connect on there. Follow the link on the “attachments” tab above, as I explained earlier. Just click on the little green icon after you have clicked the attachments tabIf you want to have a chat about your own situation (which I don’t charge you for!), we can do a bit of a brainstorm, look at some ideas, because everyone's circumstances are different.Good luck and perhaps we’ll speak in due course.Thankyou on behalf of Webrecruit and from MyselfSee you next time…