Expert advice: What to do if you face redundancy

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As part of our Sunday Series, every week we bring you a new expert advice column to make the most of your life in Abu Dhabi. This week, Gary Ward, operations director at Hays Middle East, tells us how to deal with redundancy and begin the search for a new role. 

Being made redundant can be incredibly stressful and upsetting, however, it is possible to come out a stronger and more capable person for the experience. The first thing to acknowledge is that redundancies are necessary for a number of reasons and you should not take the situation personally.

Rushing into another job immediately after being made redundant is not advisable. Instead, recognise this as a time to take stock, consider your options and identify exactly what it is you want from your career. You can then focus your job search on what you really want to do, what you have experience in and what you are good at.

You will need to make sure you have an up-to-date CV and that your online social profiles are fully optimised with the same information. Bear in mind that LinkedIn is one of the main platforms that hiring managers will use to search for prospective employees and it is therefore crucial that this is as relevant and representative of you as possible.

You should also make full use of your existing networks. Do not hesitate to reach out to contacts who you think may be able to refer you to an interesting opportunity and take advantage of others’ expertise by seeking their advice on where new opportunities may lie.

Also remember to keep up to date with the latest news and insights related to your area of work – there is a vast amount of freely available information online, which you can access at the touch of a button.

In summary, be proactive yet patient. Take opportunities that support you in fulfilling your long-term career goals and do not be afraid to seek advice and guidance from those around you.

For more information from Gary, and guidance on job searching and job posting from Hays, visit: hays.ae

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