Build your network
Start building your network and tapping into your connections because there is power in the network. Attend networking events that will expose you to people and organisations that you are interested in. It is often through network connections that you can become aware of forthcoming opportunities.
Make the use of professional social networking sites such as LinkedIn. Join in discussions with your connections and those who you want to connect with. Utilise the opportunity to showcase your experience, skills, strengths and expertise on the platform.
If the worst was to happen, what could you do?
Those faced with redundancy sometimes imagine the worst possible outcome, such as ending up with no form of income, or not being able to get another job. In reality, we are actually incredibly resourceful and can find a way to navigate through the most challenging of circumstances.
Thinking back over your career and your life, what situations have you previously been through where you initially absolutely dreaded the outcome? You got through that and you can get through this. What was it that got you through your previous challenging situation? What support did you have to help you get through it? What skills and strengths did you draw on back then?
What can you learn from previous challenging situations you have been through that you can apply to your current situation to help you get through this?
Redundancy can be a very scary time, full of fear, overwhelm and worry about what will happen in the future. It is this fear of not knowing and uncertainty that causes us to think and believe that we won’t survive. This then causes us to feel anxious about the change and become stressed.
However, it can also be an exciting time, full of new opportunities and possibilities. Whichever outcome it is for you, depends on the perspective that you take.