A fair proportion of professionals need some help to get back into work having been made redundant. Indeed, despite
the initial shock of being made redundant, there is a secret joy in
having time on their hands at home without all the pressures of their
Of course, after that initial honeymoon period, other
pressures begin to bear down. These include the urge to find a new job,
perhaps driven from fear of not getting back in, and maybe also concerns
over cash flow. Alternatively, from a more positive perspective, they
may find that their hunger is reignited and they genuinely feel ready
and excited for a fresh challenge.
Having the time and space to
really think about what it is that you want to do next - to have time to
spend with family and friends, and maybe even just do nothing, is an
unfamiliar joy. There are no work deadlines, there is no commute, just
lots of unstructured time.
Time on your hands!
however, sooner or later, a sense of ‘I really ought to start working
on finding a job’, will begin to kick in and there will be a drive to
take action. This feeling will be challenged by procrastination, will
lead to distraction activity. This may be doing things which are
unimportant, give you a fleeting sense of accomplishment, without
actually doing what you know needs to be done. Thus, the work space and
filing cabinet may be immaculately tidy; the garage is pristine; and the
garden has never looked better.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking,
the cash reserves are dwindling and the pressure to take action begins
to mount. So here are some ideas which we think might help people who
find themselves in this situation.
you are unfortunate enough to find yourself out of work, yet you are
able to find the balance between doing all those things that you haven’t
been able to whilst in full time employment, and - when the time is
right - working with focus and purpose to find your new position, this
can be a golden town.
- Don’t beat yourself up about wanting to decompress and spend time with family. This is a very healthy thing to do.
this time to think strategically about what’s going on in the world and
what you want your next career move to be in that context.
the time is right and before you start feeling a little
desperate/needy, put together a cohesive plan for finding that new
is a cliche, but true, that finding a job like a full time job. Develop a
daily routine which is adhered to with discipline. Maybe ensure that it
has space for some relaxation and fun. If necessary, get out of the
house and go somewhere else to work. Develop realistic targets for each
day, which will move you closer to your objective.
possible, find an accountability buddy. This is someone who may be in
the same situation as you or may be a career coach. Together with your
accountability buddy, you can create specific results with timelines and
schedule catch up calls to ensure that you stay on track. I find that
with my coaching clients, who are in my Continuity Coaching program,
their level of productivity shoots up because they know that every two
weeks I will be asking them how they have got on. We will celebrate
their successes. We will examine closely where things didn’t work out
and create a new plan accordingly.