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  • The biggest misconception about redundancy, and perhaps challenge,

  • is a natural one and it's that we all take it personally.

  • Redundancy is usually just a reality where organisations are having

  • to reorganise and rethink how they do things.

  • The more you can focus on what makes you brilliant

  • and then find the next possibility that matches that brilliance,

  • the better.

  • On average in the UK around 40% of us

  • will experience redundancy, at least once in our working lives.

  • And in my nearly 20 years of work,

  • it's already happened to me a few times.

  • Start with your strengths.

  • Your strengths are what make you distinctive

  • and how you add value at work.

  • And research shows that when we use our strengths we are six times

  • more engaged and generally more satisfied in our jobs.

  • If you need some help spotting your strengths try asking friends, family,

  • and people you've worked with this question.

  • What three words would you use to describe me at my best?

  • This will give you a quick insight into the positive impact

  • that you have on others.

  • And once you know your strengths, don't forget to make sure

  • they stand out on your CV and on your LinkedIn profile.

  • Being made redundant and searching for new opportunities

  • can be tiring, stressful, and really overwhelming at times.

  • One useful technique for staying optimistic

  • is to record and reflect on all your very small successes.

  • At the end of each day for at least a week,

  • write down one success that you've had.

  • Perhaps it was just finding the time to go for a walk

  • or supporting a friend in some way or writing your first blog post.

  • Even if you've had a tough day, this exercise helps us to reflect on

  • and recognise our positive progress.

  • Asking for help can feel hard.

  • So here are a few ideas, prompted by what I've learned along the way,

  • about what works and just as importantly, what doesn't.

  • First, don't apologize

  • and be specific about the help that you need.

  • I remember being made redundant

  • and asking someone very senior for career chat.

  • Within the first minute of our meeting, she asked me,

  • "So how can I help you?"

  • And I was so grateful for her time

  • that I hadn't really thought about a specific answer to that question.

  • And always avoid using words like

  • 'sorry' and 'just' in your messages and conversations,

  • it's important to be confident in asking for the help that you need.

  • Second, think about how you feel when you're helping someone.

  • You're probably flattered and enjoy the opportunity to be useful.

  • Remember, that's how other people feel too.

  • And finally, if someone can't help you, don't take it personally.

  • There's no limit on help, so ask as many people as possible.

  • This advice has really helped me to focus less on what I sometimes

  • describe as shiny objects, like job titles or perks,

  • and prioritise making decisions based on working with people

  • and at places where I can learn the most.

  • I always remember Amanda's advice

  • in moments where I'm feeling overwhelmed.

  • Fast forwarding to the future helps me to be more pragmatic

  • and prioritise in the here and now.

  • It's easier than ever to compare our careers to our family and friends

  • and colleagues, but if we fall into this trap,

  • we forget that we're all motivated by different things.

  • One of the advantages of careers today

  • is that they can be as individual as we all are.

  • So we need to invest in and take care of our own careers.

  • I really hope this has been helpful and very best of luck.

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