Survival guide launched to offset unemployment hike

Written on the 5 March 2009

 

JOB security issues amid forecast double unemployment figures by 2010 has prompted one Gold Coast careers advisor to offer ‘survival guide’ tuition to assist employees during a time of economic instability.
CIQ Career Intelligence director Naomi Lawrence, has been contacted by people edgy about future job security.
“Unfortunately many managers are also unsure about the future of their organisations so many do not have the ability to confirm or even speculate on what may or may not happen,” says Lawrence.
“For staff it’s a terrible thing to not know if tomorrow is going to bring with it a pink slip. But there are a number of steps people can follow to give themselves the best chance of retention and possible career advancement during better times.”
Lawrence suggests that staff research developments within their industry, be aware of any information that is disclosed about the company’s performance and take some responsibility by contributing ideas for the company’s survival such as cutting costs and finding ways to generate revenue.
Other tips for employees include:
• Don’t be complacent in your role – try to see where you can add more value;
• Take the time to re-evaluate your career goals;
• Now is the time to stay in contact with all your networks internally and externally;
• Review your achievements to date – write them down. Think about the situation or Circumstance, the Action – how you went about it and what was the Result (CAR);
• Remind your supervisor/manager/board of these achievements at appropriate times - making sure they are applicable to the company’s current status and needs;
• Review your resume;
• Take stock of your financial commitments – be prepared for at least a three-month career transition should you be let go.
For those who unfortunately lose their jobs:
• Understand the process of change and the emotional roller coaster that comes with it. (Google ‘Bridges Model of Change’);
• Career transition can be a difficult time emotionally and relationships may come under significant pressure. Open communication with your partner and family will help to create an understanding and supportive home environment during your period of adjustment and career transition; 
More than 60 per cent of people find their next job through hearing about jobs through friends, family and associates. While the urge may be strong to call them, we strongly recommend you resist making any unnecessary calls over the first few days.
Lawrence advises against rash decision making where people feel to instinctively send out resumes to as many advertised positions as possible.
“Research the role, the company and the industry and then customise your resume. Warming it up to be delivered through a contact will also increase your chances of an interview. Much of your immediate anxiety may relate to your particular financial situation and the longer term financial security for you and your family,” she says.

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