What do I do now I’ve been made redundant?

105943231Searching for a new job can be a tough process for anyone but more so if you’re just been made redundant from your previous position. You may well  be feeling vulnerable, unsure of your next move, conscious that you need a new job quickly due to your financial situation and not sure which way to turn first.

As well as the practical factors to contend with, you could well be facing emotional issues too. After all our career is usually significant in our lives. It is often linked very closely to our identity – who we are and what we bring to the world. If we feel this has been taken from us, we can feel lost or angry towards those that we believe caused the situation or depressed about what the future might hold. Despite understanding the rationale for business decisions, it can still feel personal, knock our confidence levels and leave us feeling rejected. I liken it to the feelings that arise during a relationship break-up.  It’s hard to come to terms with why you’re not the one anymore. You might feel unwanted, unable to understand the reasons why this has happened to you and it can be hard to move on and let go.

So what can you do in these circumstances to get your bounce back and to start to move forwards.

  • The first thing is to be aware that you may experience differing emotions following your redundancy. One day you might jump out of bed, full of enthusiasm and motivation to write your CV. Another day, you may wonder what’s the point as you’ve not heard back from any of those jobs you applied for. On a further day you may feel tired and overwhelmed and unsure where to make a start. During the process of change, we can move through various emotions, such as shock, denial, anger and depression towards a level of acceptance. Usually these feelings are temporary but when they arrive, they can feel strong and debilitating. Being aware this is all part of the change process and it isn’t usually going to last forever can be helpful.  You’re simply working through different emotions to reach a level of acceptance where once again you can see that you can make it work and that you are in control.
  • Secondly, try and be kind to yourself. Take some time out if you can. Often people  believe they have to take immediate action and start doing all sorts of tasks related to job search but actually you may need some time to consider your options and to ensure that you’re making the best decisions and choices for you. Otherwise you could be rushing into situations or sending out an unpolished CV or taking an unprofessional approach, simply because you’re not ready.
  • Surround yourself with positive and supportive people if possible. Try to avoid negative individuals who might bring you down. Think about how you feel around certain people. Do they lift and encourage you or do you feel that life is terrible when you’ve spent time with them? Make good choices for yourself right now.
  • Get out and about. It can be easy when you feel low to stay home and crawl into your nest to hide. Occasionally there’s nothing wrong with that, but getting out into the air and interacting with others can help our general sense of wellbeing.
  • Create positive routines. Try and stick to regular patterns in relation to eating, exercise and sleep routines. These will all help you remain healthy and in control.

In my next post, I will be talking about letting go of the past and how to change your perspective to aid your job search.

If this issue is affecting you at the moment and you’d like to meet to discuss the matter and work on your strategy of how to move forward positively, then you can contact me at angela@secondstepcoaching.co.uk for further details of my career coaching programme.


Keeping Positive during Job Search

There was a flurry of activity in the house yesterday morning, when I was confirmed to speak on the Perry Spiller show on BBC Radio Stoke at lunchtime. Perry was interested in finding out more about how you mentally prepare for a job search and interviews after redundancy and also how you keep positive if you’ve been searching for a job for a long time without success. If you’ve just been made redundant, that can be hard enough, however, continually applying for jobs and not getting them is even harder. It can be immensely frustrating and also it can really knock your levels of confidence and self-esteem. Over the course of the next few posts, I’ll be writing on this subject in more detail, so why not subscribe to my posts to ensure you get them all.

I’m also in the process of developing a new career coaching programme and will be sharing details of this too in the near future. As I’m still in the development stages, let me know what you would be interested in if you were undertaking this programme as it’s always good to get feedback from others.

So for now here’s the link to the radio show which will be available for the next 6 days. I’m on right at the end of the show so if you toggle forward to 2 hours 45 minutes into the show, you’ll find me there: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ff963

And don’t forget to let me know your comments.





Shameless Self Promotion

GooseberriesIn an act of shameless self-promotion, I’m writing to tell you that I’ll be at the Nantwich Show on Wednesday 31st July touting my wares. I love connecting with new people and reconnecting with old friends, so if you know me please swing by and say hello and if you don’t why not come and introduce yourself. It will be great to see you.

As you may well know, the Nantwich show is best known for its marvellous array of wonderful cheeses. Suppliers travel from all over the world to bring you their finest cheeses. Yum, I feel hungry just thinking about it. But when you’re completely full of the choicest Cheshire and the most gorgeous Gruyeres and you want something different, head over to see me and my colleague Anne. We’ll be in the Town and Country pavilion and would love to talk to you about what’s important to you in life and how we can help you. We can arrange life coaching, career coaching, an EFT session, wedding nerves coaching, Reiki and much more. We want to support you in living positively and believe that we have much in our portfolio that can do that.

We’ll be running a competition during the show and two lucky winners will benefit from a 30 minute session with one of us. Does it get any better? Well yes in fact it does. As a special promotion, I will also be offering a show discount of 25% off my prices. So if you book a one to one session with me at the show, you’ll be able to purchase at the reduced rate.

I really hope to see you at the show and let’s hope this weather continues and we get a sunshine day to meet and greet you.

That’s all folks.

Are you face to face with the second step?

8ccdf337-adad-4f57-8590-9df60e72eca8[1]When I began my business, I’m sure like many others, I thought long and hard about the name for my company. Yes, I wanted something that people would be able to remember easily and that made sense and was logical but in fact the name finally came when I looked at a framed print that I have on my office wall. It’s a print by a guy called Richard Stine, an American artist. If you like his work you can buy his prints here

As you can see, the dog has managed to climb the first step and now has his face pushed firmly up against the second step. He’s trapped, stuck perhaps and doesn’t know what to do next. It’s a massive climb to get up the next step and looks impossible. The print is called “face to face with the second step”. Continue reading