Made Redundant? How do I know what skills I have?

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2020 by Xpress JobsNo comments

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Made Redundant? How do I know what skills I have?

Have you been made redundant? How do I know what skills I have and what kind of employee I should be with? Looking for a job can be difficult but being able to describe and demonstrate your skills on paper will give employees more information about what you can do. Research can help you identify your potential skills and what would be a good fit for you.

Some common threads we are hearing about in the industry include:

  • I have been made redundant from my job
  • I have eliminated by competition
  • At University/College but I don't really know what to do with my life now
  • I have been made redundant from my contract and I have been asked to leave work
  • I have been made redundant and now I need to make some money to provide for my family, including my wife and my two daughters," one respondent said
  • I have been made redundant and I do not have any income now

These and other similar responses are not uncommon. But how do I know what skills I have? During any interview you will be asked to identify your strengths and encourage you to put those strengths to good use in gaining future employment.

Considering an Internship and what do I get out of interning?

From the first time you land the internship, you'll have an honest idea of what makes a new employer such a unique place to work. Whether you come to a new environment and love it or it really sinks in and changes your life forever, a new employer should be with you every step of the way.

Considering going freelance or self-employed?

If you're a freelancer, the question is pretty simple: "What have you done that hasn't worked yet?" Start by thinking through how you can be more productive, meaning you're utilising your time more effectively. Look to other people or your own experience for clues, even if you don't have all the answers. "Why did you come up with this idea and when did you figure out that it wasn't going to work?" Also consider what can be done better the next time. As for your career goals, realise your own limitations and then ask yourself how you can combine what you already know and what you're good at into your job.

Your basic knowledge and interest of the subject is most important. Stemming from that point the best tools to study how things work can include:

  • Google
  • Youtube
  • E-books
  • Wiki
  • Usergroups

When deciding on the skills required to perhaps retrain after facing redundancy, it is critical to be honest with yourself before embarking on a new career and ask yourself some tough questions which may include:

  • How do I feel about my job?
  • How do I know what I'm capable of?
  • Why should I be satisfied with my employment history?
  • Why do I have to write about all my job experiences?
  • When will I ever do something for a living?
  • Why is there so much stress about the future?
  • Is there a difference between my hobbies and my real job?
  • What are I really supposed to be doing in life?
  • Can I still be employed?
  • What other reasons are there?

If you have recently been made redundant and a bit unsure of the likelihood of future interview opportunities and future employment prospects, many ultimately don’t fight for a new career. Don’t fall into that trap. Just because the way we work has been disrupted, doesn’t mean that you cannot adapt.

 Meaning of "disruptive changes"

While the word "inconsistent" may be a useful shorthand for the wholesale organisation of work, it seems it also carries the implication that those changes are causing a "disruption" and are simply not easy to adapt to. While there are certainly skills and adaptability issues here, with the correct research and application, you can land that new job following redundancy. Be persistent, do your research and make the most of your existing skills and passions for your chosen career sector.

Good luck and happy job searching. XpressJobs currently have over 60,000 jobs available across several industry sectors, so if you are considering looking then grab that dream new job today!

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