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Don’t let a lack of interview feedback hold you back

Redundancy knocks self confidence. I hear clients explaining they’ve applied for lots of jobs and when they don’t hear back, in the absence of feedback they assume it’s because they weren’t good enough.

It’s common for us to make up our own stories in the absence of other information, and over time these stories can become our truth.

There can be many reasons why you don’t hear back from prospective employers (none of which are acceptable):

πŸ™ they’re overwhelmed with applications
πŸ™ they don’t have rigorous processes in place to deal with feedback
πŸ™ it’s not their policy to give feedback
πŸ™ they don’t see feedback as important

NONE of these reasons are a reflection on your ability.

Here are some alternatives to help create another story:

🌈 You can choose how you respond to the absence of feedback – what story do you want to create?
🌈 If these employers don’t value feedback, the chances are they won’t value you either
🌈 The job may not have been the right fit for you
🌈 You are free to give your time and energy to explore other possibilities and find your perfect role

Looking for a job can be tough – I invite you to think about your stories and which of them are true.

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Good news during a redundancy process

Managing a redundancy consultation process is tough, and especially at the moment. No matter how compassionate you are, fundamentally there is no good news to share.

Being able to offer some outplacement support to individuals is one piece of good news.

This can be anything from writing a CV, a series of workshops, interview preparation, career coaching or a mix of them all.

Offering outplacement support has many benefits:

➑️ individuals receive help to prepare them for their career transition

➑️ access to practical support will help individuals to prepare themselves and stand out in a crowded job market

➑️ people who are offered outplacement support are more likely to think positively about their previous employer which impacts company brand and reputation

➑️ it shows you care enough to invest in your outgoing employees future

➑️ there is a positive impact on employee engagement for those who remain, they can see their outgoing colleagues are being supported

I offer support to suit a range of budgets on a group or one to one basis.

If you would like to deliver some good news during a redundancy consultation contact me and I’ll send you some details.

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Sounding Professional on a telephone interview

You may take a call from a recruitment agent whilst still in your pyjamas, or have a telephone interview at a time when you’re feeling low after numerous applications, so here are some tips to increase your chances of sounding positive and professional, even if you might not feel it:

🚢Stand up
When you stand up it opens up your body, it can make you sound more confident and help to stimulate your thoughts.

πŸ‘€ Look out of a window
This will take your mind off your immediate surroundings and any distractions like the washing up in the kitchen.

😁 Smile
Even if you don’t feel like smiling, the act of smiling makes you sound more positive – give it a try by recording yourself on your phone saying the same sentence with and without a smile and see what difference you notice.

I’d also recommend headphones so you’re hands free and can take notes.

Don’t be tempted to take a call from a recruitment agent if it’s not a good time, the telephone interview is an important part of the recruitment process so make sure you’re ready to give your best.

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It was your job and not you that was made redundant

In the consultation meeting for my second redundancy I heard the words ‘Your role is at risk of redundancy’ and immediately substituted this with ‘You are at risk of redundancy’.

I knew the script, I knew that it’s roles and not individuals who are made redundant and yet when I was on the other side of the table my reaction was the same as many other people in my situation, I took it personally.

Like most people I didn’t hear much after being told my role was at risk, the rest was just a blur.

Our jobs are more than just an income, they are part of our identity and contribute to our self worth which is why a redundancy feels personal and why confidence is often impacted by losing a job as it feels like we’ve lost a piece of ourselves.

I encourage my clients to remember the person with all the skills, knowledge and experience hasn’t changed as a result of the redundancy, you still have all that to offer and are still the same person you were before the announcement.

It’s not always easy to distance yourself from your redundancy, however the more you remind yourself it was your role and not you that was made redundant is one of the first steps in building confidence to finding the next role.