Most people dread returning to work after the Christmas break, especially after the pressure 2019 brought post the Royal Commission! But there are others who are desperate to have a role over this Christmas break, or very keen to get back to work to understand the fate of their role post an organisation restructure. For most of these people, the Christmas period is not relaxing and can evoke a significant amount of anxiety.
Not being in a secure role over this festive period can be really tough and given the cost cutting we have seen in 2019, it’s unsurprising that some may be feeling under pressure and insecure about their future. Fear not, daily rate contractors were really popular towards the back end of last year, and will be again in early 2020. This is due to the increased regulatory pressure, uncertainty with permanent organisational structures and project budget still being available until the financial year end 30th June. Daily rate contracts require a less stringent sign off process and there is more flexibility around where the budget comes from.
If you feel your role is at risk or are between roles, below are a couple of pointers which may help:
Have your resume ready to go. Use a consultant to help you curate one which sells you well, or you can simply spruce it up by buying a cool resume template from Etsy! Be mindful where you’re sending your resume and ensure it’s fit for the type of organisation!
Refresh your networks and be purposeful with your/others time. Networking is not a numbers game and must be treated like any other meeting you attend. While it does not need to be formal, it does require a purpose, agenda and outcomes – even if it’s in your mind.
Focus a good proportion of your time internally. The chances are, you’ll be redeployed internally or will pick up an internal project which will require your unique skill set. Therefore, showing a positive and committed mindset is incredibly important regardless of what is occurring. Your colleagues will always remember you for how you left a business and not for how you started within a business.
Take a break. Your mental state of mind will directly affect your ability to sell your skills successfully. Whether it’s 2 days or 2 weeks, it’s incredibly important to gain clarity about what your skills are and what you want to do. This market is about quality applications rather quantity! Mental resilience is a subject we are talking about at a breakfast seminar in February.
If you do take a redundancy, it’s worthwhile investing in the out-placement services offered. When you reach a senior manager level or above, these services may not be appropriate for your level, so do ask for the budget to be invested into a career coach instead. This is at the discretion of senior management as to whether this is feasible.
Avoid applying for roles on job boards, especially if you don’t fit most of the criteria. Unfortunately, recruiters (internal or external) have more demanding clients than ever and are becoming harder pushed to look at left field applications given new cost pressures. If you do not have most of the required skills and experience, call the recruiter direct before applying.
My consultants hardly advertise their roles and will often have a list of candidates in mind who are suitable for the roles at the initiation of each vacancy. Therefore, get to know specialised recruiters and build strong relationship with them. My team would be delighted to assist you if you are in Product, Marketing, Comms or Digital.
Whether you are on deployment, out of work or fearful of your role being made redundant, it can be a very unsettling place to be and one which can bring out undesirable behaviours and feelings. The key thing is to look after your mental health, trust in your skills and abilities and surround yourself with great people who can assist you.
Don’t let work define you or your confidence – 2020 is a new year where you can control your own destiny.
Victoria Butt is the Managing Director and Founder of Parity Consulting, recruitment experts in Product, Marketing, Communications and Digital – creating parity by investing in ALL relationships. An avid shark diver and lover of wine, professionally Victoria’s passionate about leadership, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and empowering women, in particular women looking to return to work after having children.
Parity Consulting works with clients who embrace diverse and inclusive environments and empower their teams to bring their authentic whole self to work. We encourage people with different beliefs, abilities, backgrounds and life experiences to contact us.