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Recovering after redundancy (ALJ710 Lisa McGrath)

Posted: May 28, 2014 by lsmcgr in Music

By Lisa McGrath

With uncertainty in our economic climate, more people are facing the prospect of a redundancy. In recent years, Australia has seen thousands of people lose jobs, particularly in the manufacturing, telecommunications, mining and airline industries. Australian jobs have also been shipped offshore including sectors in call centres, banking, retail and information technology (IT). However, it’s not all doom and gloom, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of people unemployed decreased by 29,900 to 713,200, in March 2014.

Redundancy is a fact in our working lives, which many of us can not avoid. A job loss is a traumatic experience and while most of us take the news personally, sometimes there are other factors at play; where the job loss had nothing to do with the individual. Market changes, reorganisation, restructuring and change in executive management are all too prevalent in today’s business landscape, which can often lead to a loss of job. Professional services are available to help individuals move on and secure another job elsewhere. Some career assistance services will take a step further and encourage an individual to focus on the areas of interest and look at the change as an opportunity and not a rejection. Sometime’s a redundancy can be the best thing that ever happened to us. It can free you and force you to get out of your comfort zone.

Many people lives have changed for the better both personally and professionally. This story is about focusing on the positive and embracing the many opportunities waiting to be discovered.

Ian Renouf found himself in this position and quickly fell in the trap of feeling rejected. He lost his motivation which ultimately impacted on his love of competing in Ironman’s and triathlon’s. For a brief time, Ian lost control and stopped doing the things he loved doing the most in life. This caused a downward spiral where he almost reached the point of depression. Ian quickly picked himself up, dusted himself off and began searching online where he found the help of a career mentor. Richard Webbe coached Ian on building a memorable resume, interviewing with confidence and how to get in front of key corporate decision makers. Armed with these tips and some pre-arranged introductions, Ian was ready to face the world with a new outlook and perspective. He managed to secure a role which was a step up from his previous job and more challenging. Ian is now back in the game and back into his fitness training. He has now entered himself into several thriathlon’s and has more energy and motivation than ever before.

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