Some people thrive following redundancy perceiving it as an opportunity, while others experience a profound sense of anger, failure or loss.
When we are first made redundant, for some, the temptation to apply for anything and everything is very strong, and perhaps also those around us, with the best of intentions, think it is the right strategy. The trouble is this approach usually ends up demoralising us, as we all too often experience rejection letters relating to jobs that are really unsuited to us. Once that demoralised feeling descends, it may show in how we speak, carry ourselves and approach our job search which further impacts on outcomes.
What can we do? We can take a more controlled and considered path, applying only for those positions where we can demonstrate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience against 70 to 80% of the selection criteria. This strategy increases the likelihood of job search success.