Businesswoman Deborah Meaden appeared on a 13 April Newsnight
segment to offer job-hunting hints to people who are facing redundancy from public-sector jobs. According to the Dragons’ Den
star, there are plenty of reasons to stay hopeful if these tips are kept in mind:
Even though losing a job can be traumatic, the last thing you should do is brood on it and withdraw. Get back on the horse as quickly as possible, or the gap of unemployment will widen. The longer you leave it, the more the firms you apply to will be unimpressed.
Tailor your efforts
Don’t just have a one-size-fits-all CV in your armoury. Every firm you apply to will be different, and they will all have a wide range of criteria, so adjust your CV to suit each opportunity.
For workers who are anticipating a move from the public sector to the private sector, there will be much anxiety about how similar the new role will be to the old one. Be prepared to alter time-honoured working habits and perceptions in order to get along.
Don’t be shy when it comes to networking. Many prime job opportunities arise from casual – and indeed more focused – conversations.
Attitude matters more than age
Outward signs of enthusiasm towards potential new employers can stop them from focusing on age-related issues.
Rise to the challenge
Always ask yourself, ‘What have I got to lose?’
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