How to get your career back on track after a redundancy
Organisational restructures or redundancies is an extremely difficult experience, not just for the individual, but also their family and friends. With the pressures associated with global competition and stakeholder demands, restructures and redundancies have become more common with many people having to go through the process. As unsettling and stressful as a redundancy can be, it should not feel like the end of your career. While a positive attitude is more important that ever at this time, it’s also an opportunity to look at what you want.
Your Job/Career Objective
Perhaps your career to date was one that developed haphazardly, with little or no planning. Now is good time to set a clear objective and develop a sharp focus. It is extremely important to set goals that not only define what you can offer a potential employer, but also realistically spell out what you want and expect – both from your next job and from your career.
A carefully thought out job objective will include information about the function, role or activities that you are interested in and qualified for, the level at which you can perform most effectively, as well as the setting in which you most want to work and would be most comfortable.
Writing a Personal Job Objective Statement
Before you begin constructing your resume, you should write a specific Personal Job Search Objective for your own guidance and motivation. This may take whatever form is most useful for you, as long as it is realistic and builds on your greatest strengths as identified earlier.
Here is an example:
Personal Job Objective Statement
“I want a Financial Accountants position that will draw heavily on my existing finance experience in both reporting as well as taxation and compliance. The role should give me further exposure to US GAAP and multi country reporting.
The ideal position will be with a growing large services or consulting organisation with a formal culture and established teamwork practices. The job will include a range of tasks that will allow my career to eventually move into Commercial Management rather than a Financial Controller position. This position will also allow me to work independently as well as a member of a team.”
IT’S NOT EASY, BUT IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
For many people, focusing on what they truly want is no easy task. It may require a lot of thought and some “soul searching.” Nevertheless, it’s a very important point in your career transition, so give it the time it deserves.
DFP’s Career Transition program is to equip you with the tools towards a new career.Contact us and find out more about how we can assist with your career.