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In a bid to help employers cope with the current economic crisis, ACAS and the CIPD have recently published a guidance note ‘How to manage your workforce in a recession’.
The document gives a lot of advice, including the need to think about the future. Although we don’t know when the markets will recover, we do know that they will eventually. Where does that leave employers that have made mass redundancies? Making people redundant and recruiting again later when the market picks up is expensive. And if you have to recruit, you also have to train, which will take up valuable time that you can ill-afford to lose.
We talked the other day about adopting a shorter working week as an alternative to redundancies. Another alternative is to take this time to retrain existing employees. If their skills are no longer in demand, provide training and redeploy them to other parts of the organisation where their skills will be in demand. This approach makes a lot of sense because when the market picks up again, you’ll have a ready trained workforce all set to go.
Surviving the recession and still coming out smiling at the end will require a lot of forward thinking. Companies that have had the foresight to prepare for the future are likely to have a head start when the crisis is over.
What advantages, or disadvantages, can you foresee for companies adopting this approach? Would you consider training for a different role within your current company if it meant you remained in employment?
Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon
Working with recruitment agencies – these days most job searchers sign up with several recruitment agencies. There are all kinds of agencies. They range from large companies that work nationally, and some internationally, across many sectors to small niche agencies that specialize in particular sectors or particular geographical areas. It is a good idea to make contact with a number – you can find lots of them on-line.
A good recruitment agency will keep you up to-date with what is going on in the job market and help you prepare for any opportunity they offer you. Many agencies will have a mix of permanent and interim/contract roles. Register with the agencies with whom you feel comfortable. Make sure they are keeping you up to date with their vacancies.
Working with recruitment agencies – don’t be naive
Most recruitment agencies do a good job for employers and job seekers. But don’t be naive and forget that the employer is the real client. Nevertheless it is in the agency’s interest to help you succeed and you should expect courtesy. With the best you will get real support. However many recruit young graduates who are bright but probably know less than you do about the recruitment and very little about the employers’ real needs.
Be aware that because so many people are looking for work, people without real expertise have started recruitment companies and on-line job sites. Even well qualified and experienced recruiters may be overwhelmed with numbers. Large agencies may mean less of a personal touch but small agencies can find themselves without the resources to cope with responses to popular jobs. Always ask lots of questions about what they offer and check friends and relatives for recommendations.
If you can, develop and keep up a real relationship with recruiters but recognize that pressures on them can lead to what appears to be an uncaring attitude. It is up to you help them to help you; nobody cares more than you do about your job search.
Other resources for the job seeker
As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.
A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.
Remember working with a career coach can really help job search. Get in touch at the email address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues.
Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link
Starting a new job – congratulations – you did your homework, prepared well and wowed the interviewing panel. You have what you wanted and you are about to start in a new position. So what will you do now to make this a success?
Making the perfect start in your new organization
What are those special things that you can do to make sure things turn out well?
Here are some tips;
Make sure you get to know who really counts in your new workplace. Who are the key decision makers? Make sure you know who needs to be kept on board. Remember, there will be people of influence at all levels in your organisation and courtesy to all is going to make a good impression.
Learn the culture of your new organization. Make sure you find out quickly how things get done. Every organization has its own particular style and language. Take time to find out what goes where you are now. How will your personality and approach best fit in best. Be prepared to adapt.
Work out for yourself some short-term objectives and then work towards them – in due course make sure you agree at least the overall of objectives for your role with your new boss. Make sure you understand how your performance will be judges.
Build up your connections and a new network of contacts, for example, colleagues, suppliers and customers; both within the organization and outside it. Build good relationships with all from your first day.
On that first day, arrive in good time. Dress for success in the style of your new organisation. Polish those shoes. Make sure clothes are clean and well pressed.
Now take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and do well!
Getting ahead in your new job
Once you have made a start, it is time to plan for the future!
Find out how appraisals are carried out and explore the training and experience opportunities and make sure that you t. Does your organization have a career development program that you can join?
Continue to nurture your network of contacts. Remember networks depend on reciprocity – what do you have to offer others.
Think about how you can consolidate your position and make a real contribution to your organisation.
Then don’t wait till it is time to prepare for a move to think about what might come next.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link