Are you facing redundancy, or been recently made redundant? Maybe you’ve just completed a contract and don’t yet have another one to roll into.
With ongoing global lockdowns, the recent end to JobKeeper income support, and recruitment age bias, it’s a given that we are all going to face job insecurity from time to time.
But as the Dalai Lama wisely said, “If you can do something about it, why worry. If you can’t do anything about it, why worry.”
The really good news is you can absolutely do something about it.
Here are six things you can do to keep moving forward in your life and career…
1. Take time to reassess, recalibrate and consider future options
If you’ve received a redundancy payout you’ve got the luxury of time. Even if you didn’t receive a payout, you always have time. This is important. Taking the time to evaluate where you’ve come from and where you want to go is key to creating a life and career you can label ‘successful’.
Take some quiet time for yourself and get clear on what you do and don’t want in your next chapter. Start with your career aspirations, but also look at every part of life so that your career can also help you to achieve your goals in other areas.
Churchill Education co-founder Tricia Velthuizen created this video and guide detailing exactly how she and her family set success goals for their career and life.
2. Seek Support
You don’t need to do this on your own. There is so much help available to you, but the trick is, you have to ask for it… And that’s not easy for many of us is it, because it’s admitting weakness, or so we think. But this is a damaging fallacy. Seeking assistance is resourceful, and absolutely an essential step to achieving a happy career and life
Find out what short term government income support is available to you while you get all your ducks in a row for your next career move.
This will help you to keep the bills paid while you get yourself in the best possible position to bring your best self to your next position.
Centrelink is a great place to start.
If you are aged between 45-70 you may like to consider Skills Checkpoint – a government funded initiative to help recently unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce.
Skills Checkpoint is a program that provides career advice for up-skilling and transitioning into new roles, and up to $2200 funding for education and training.
You can find out more about Skills Checkpoint through our education partners Busy At Work.
When you give yourself some time to reassess your life and career, it can be a really great time to speak to a career counsellor. Because, well, we don’t know what we don’t know. It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut and feel there is no other career available to you, particularly if you were in your job for many years.
Career counsellors are wonderful for giving you an objective, big picture view of your skills, options and positive actions you can take.
Mental Health Support
Losing a job, being made redundant or transitioning from one industry to another can challenge one’s identity, self-worth and purpose. This is particularly the case when acquired mental health issues were the reason for your career transition, as they were for Churchill Education co-founder Randall Smith who left the Queensland Police Service after 16 years due to PTSD.
There are many great services you can call on for mental health support. Here are a few:
For Defence Members
For Police and Emergency Services
There are also many excellent private counsellors. Speak to your GP about the government mental health care plan for subsidised sessions.
3. Turn your experience into national qualifications
Increasingly you’ll find that qualifications are required, or at the very least desirable, for most positions. You might be the most experienced for a role, but if someone else has the required qualifications and you don’t, you will be overlooked.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process of having your skills, experience and training matched to national qualifications. RPL means you don’t need to study what you already know.
This saves you considerable time, money and means you can show potential employers you have the required qualifications, in a matter of days.
You can find out what qualifications you are eligible for with a FREE preliminary RPL assessment with Churchill Education. Call us on 1300 793 002 or apply here.
Qualifications range from Certificate IIIs & IVs to Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and even Graduate Diplomas.
You can view all our available qualifications here.
4. Update your resume & LinkedIn Profile
Having an up-to-date resume is essential when you’re in a career transition phase. This is your first impression. It needs to paint you in the best possible light, and appeal not only to human eyes but also to recruitment algorithms that will scan your resume for particular keywords.
Your resume needs to help you to stand out from the potentially hundreds of others that may have been submitted for a role.
It should be easy to read, concise, clear, and contain:
- Your contact details
- Professional profile/summary
- Key skills
- Professional experience / employment history
- Key responsibilities for each
- Education / Qualifications
- Achievements & Awards
Refer to our free guide: How to Create a Great Resume.
We also highly recommend The Resumeologist if you would like a resume done for you.
It’s also a great time to create a job application template that you can use as a starting point for covering letters to accompany your resume.
Download our free guide: 8 Essential Tips for Writing Job Applications.
Your LinkedIn profile is almost as important as your resume. It’s a bit like an online resume, but with so much more reach. LinkedIn is a global online network of more than 500 million members. 90% of recruiters refer to the site when searching for and evaluating prospects.
In short you need one! Which is why we created this free guide to help you: How to Create a Great LinkedIn Profile.
The guide includes:
- Getting started
- Writing a compelling summary
- Education & experience
- Affiliations and interests
We offer free resume and LinkedIn reviews for all Churchill Education alumni!
5. Be Flexible, Adaptable and Open Minded
Change can be scary, but change can also be a wonderful opportunity to do something new, exciting and more satisfying than your previous role.
Open your mind to options and opportunities. This might include some interim temp work, or a short-term contract to get you back in the workforce while you look for your dream job.
You may decide you want a completely new career. If this is the case, take some time to research the role and industry.
Are there any training or qualification gaps?
If you already have the skills but not the qualifications, speak to us about a free Recognition of Prior Learning assessment.
If you need some new skills look into training options. If you are over 45 you may qualify for Skills Checkpoint which will subsidise 50% of the cost of your training. (Refer to details above.)
6. Get out there!
Once you have taken some time to reassess, set new goals, seek support, turn your experience into qualifications, updated your resume and LinkedIn profile and opened your mind to options and opportunities it’s time to get yourself out there!
- Get your resume out to recruiters
- Register with jobs sites such as Seek, CareerOne, Indeed, JobSearch
- Work your network
- Practice your interview skills
- Ask for feedback for any roles you are unsuccessful with, then refine your approach
Most importantly – do things that make you feel happy, whatever that may be.
We hope this report has been helpful. Please forward it to anyone else who might benefit from it, and give us a bell on 1300 793 002 / email@example.com if we can help at all.
Find out how other’s have used RPL to transition their careers in the graduate stories at the end of this report.
“You know what? We do have transferrable skills and we really should be recognised for them.
“We don’t know what the future’s going to bring and I’d rather take a proactive approach and put myself in a good position for whatever comes down the path rather than take the reactive approach and then scramble at the last minute.”
“Don’t second guess what you are capable of, and the value of your accumulated experiences. Get that piece of paper. Definitely go for it, because your skillset is saleable.”
“Since I got my qualifications, I’ve been telling all my friends and former colleagues to contact Churchill Education and have a chat. It’s been a life changer. It’s opened doors left, right and centre.”