Try these unusual tips and handy resources to help you navigate uncertain times…

If you find yourself worrying about job security during COVID-19 – you’re not alone. As the economic impacts of the pandemic begin to ripple through global, national, and regional economies, many employees across Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney are facing an uncertain future.

As early as the 5th of May, the ABC had reported job losses of almost one million. A figure which is expected to rise considerably as business owners ready themselves for the stormy weather ahead.

If you find yourself in this position, what can you do to ensure you come out the other side in good shape? To help you navigate this challenging process, we’ve put together a list of helpful tips and resources you can use to fast-track your redundancy recovery.

  1. Ask questions, seek answers, get better outcomes

It was best-selling author and world-renowned life coach Tony Robbins who once said, “the quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions”.

Whilst employers typically do not have a specific obligation to consult with employees about a redundancy, there are certain things they must provide you with. This includes:

  • A notice period – if you’d like to learn more about minimum notice periods click this link.
  • A redundancy payout in line with the requirements of the National Employment Standards – applicable to employees who have been with an organisation for 12 months or more. Not sure what your payout should be? Click on this link for access to a handy payout calculator from the Fair Work Australia website.

If you’re concerned about the fairness of a redundancy you can also access free advice via the Fair Work Commission website using this link. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions to ensure you protect your own interests and to improve your outcomes.

Be sure also to check out the different payments and services you may be able to access as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 support packages, which you can read more about here.

  1. Look for good in the bad

The saying “everything happens for a reason” may sound cliché but can certainly help to draw out the positives from a negative situation.

Like the time I felt as though my career in recruitment was finished after a failed business partnership… After taking some time to process why things had gone so wrong, I realised there was a disconnect in terms of my beliefs and aspirations, and those of my former business partner.

What started as a negative event, provided me with an opportunity to build Coastal Recruitment Group – one of Newcastle and the Central Coast’s most successful boutique recruitment agencies.

As was the case for me with my failed partnership, a redundancy may be an opportunity for a fresh start; a chance to seek out an organisation with beliefs far more aligned with your own, and a future far brighter than the one you were facing.

It was Henry David Thoreau who once said — “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”; and when it comes to being made redundant, this is one choice you can make for yourself.

  1. Get back in the saddle, but first…

As hard as it may seem at the time, the best way to move on from the heartache of being made redundant is to turn your attention to new opportunities and creating the future of your choice.

Before you do this, be sure to take time to process what you’ve just been through. Remember to always seek help during this period if you need it. As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved, so make sure to reach out to friends, family, colleagues and even support lines like Beyond Blue if you feel like you need additional support.

With the benefit of some time to process and reflect, you’ll be far better placed when turning your attention to new opportunities; and when we talk opportunities, remember that a redundancy is more than just an opportunity to start afresh. It may also an opportunity to take a new direction with your career, challenge yourself in a role with more responsibility, or to do more of the work that gets you excited to jump out of bed each day!

Above all else take action; as Tom Bilyeu, host of Impact Theory (a podcast featuring the world’s highest achievers) puts it “Anxiety, worry, fear, unworthiness – all of it is cured by action.”

  1. When you are ready to begin looking for new opportunities, where is the best place to start?

For job seekers, online job portals like Seek, Jora and CareerOne have long been a great way to identify job opportunities. What many job seekers don’t realise however, is many the most sought-after roles, within the best organisations are never actually advertised. That’s when it pays to partner with a recruitment expert with extensive local relationships, like Coastal Recruitment Group.

Not only will you be able to access roles you never knew existed, you’ll also receive  personalised support – something which can incredibly valuable if you’re navigating the job search process for the first time, in a long time.

If you’re an employee who has recently been made redundant – get in touch with Newcastle and the Central Coast’s leading boutique recruitment agency. Coastal Recruitment Group can introduce you to new roles and help you get back on your feet during this challenging time. 

Check out our current advertised positions, call our office or email your CV to hello@coastalrecruitmentgroup.com.au today.

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