How a Voluntary Redundancy can help your career
Have you been in the passenger seat for too long? Have you ever asked yourself, how did I get here? Now may just be the time you have been waiting for to go out and knock on the door of opportunity.
You may feel as though your selection to be offered a VR is a representation of your value to an organisation. This generally is not the case. In fact, in most cases your employer really does not want to lose you. VR’s are usually the first option an employer will take to give employees a chance to drive their own careers rather than being in a position where they have to tap staff on the shoulder with what could be very bad news.
This can be a very stressful and nervous time in your career evaluating your options. Whilst you can't control how you feel, one thing that you can control is your attitude. Even when you are feeling nervous or stressed out about your situation you can decide that you will take a positive approach. One way to do that is to take an active role in your career!
This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for to stand back and really have a good look at what you are doing with your career and evaluate things. Are you reaching all of the career goals you have set for yourself? Sometimes you just need to have an open and frank discussion with someone else to work through your thoughts and consider your options.
By deciding to take the VR you could be creating the spark you needed to really go out and take total control of your own career and reach all of those goals you know you could and should reach.
One very effective task that you can do is to develop a strategy for finding job opportunities.
Follow these three tips and it will set you on the way to getting the job you deserve:
- The resume is a vital document in the selection process. For applications for positions in government, the aim of the resume is to provide a reference for your claims against selection criteria. Therefore it doesn't need to contain lengthy descriptions of positions or tasks or achievements in the same detail as a non government resume would.
- Make your application fit the job. Only include details that are relevant to the position. Don’t forget outside experience, both paid and voluntary.
- Prepare yourself carefully for the interview, anticipate how you are going to answer obvious questions, don’t be afraid to clarify questions that you don’t understand.
Success won’t be automatic, sound preparation and interview experience will improve your chances!