Posts Tagged ‘redundancy’

The job industry has become more competitive in current years now that applicants can go job hunting from the comfort of their own home with websites such as Linked IN and Seek.

With vast quantities of people online and marketing themselves to prospective organizations, it has become a requirement to be digital savvy to stand out above the pack.

For older generations who are accustomed to seeking work the traditional way, this has the potential to leave them out of their element and overlooked by employers.

“I believe it’s my age, I’m in that age bracket, in my 50’s, where a lot of companies are not interested in taking on somebody in that age bracket,” said Denise Docker, who has been out of work for two years now since the Government made her last job redundant.

Age has been shown to be a handicap in certain fields due to an assumed  lack of technical competency, the business image or physical requirements.

Older people, who have been out of work for a while, are now finding prospective employers are expecting basic skill sets involving digital technologies.

“If I was employing for a role that needed knowledge in certain technologies, then if an older candidate had the same aptitude with those technologies as the younger candidate, they certainly wouldn’t be discriminated against,” said Ray Pascoe, a small company owner.

For people such as Denise, who was let go from her last job due to Government budget cuts, it is fitting that the Government assume responsibility for providing her with training to make her more employable in the current job market.

Denise said that she was contacted by Seek to study for a certificate four in business free of charge, as they received Government sponsorship for people who were struggling to find work.

This is yet another example of the benefits which some people may be unknowingly forgoing as they have yet to step foot into the cyber world.

Online job hunting does pose its flaws as well as its advantages however.

Whilst it makes it easier for people to network and get in touch with the right people, it also floods the job market and dilutes the talent pool when employers are forced to sift through dozens, or sometimes hundreds of online job applications.

Like with most elements of day to day life that have integrated themselves online, society will need to find its balance with the new and the traditional to find synergy.

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Recovering after redundancy (ALJ710 Lisa McGrath)

Posted: May 28, 2014 by lsmcgr in Music
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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.

References:
Trading Economics – http://www.tradingeconomics.com/articles/04102014023751.htm, retrieved 19 may 2014.