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Just another Redundancy!

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Preamble: The following poem about redundancy draws from my own personal experience working closely with many clients. My best advice is to anticipate the worst, have a plan and be prepared – just in case it happens to you too!

Baffled and bewildered, she sat across the table.
She couldn’t move or speak. She simply was not able.
Her employer, a manufacturing giant, had just made a bold decision.
One that would cause her life, her whole world, to spin into collision.

She’d started with the company when she was just sixteen.
A sweet, young, brown-eyed girl – and oh, so very keen.
She’d been loyal to this employer for over thirty years,
Found her life-partner there – raised two kids – even shed some tears.

Working as a Night Shift Operator, she had no reason to fret.
The conditions were terrific; she had no mortgage now, no debt.
She’d made so many good friends – perhaps some enemies too!
Life with this company had been fantastic – so now she felt quite blue.

In spite of massive profits, management now had a great idea:
To shut down manufacturing here – and move it to South Korea.
Chasing cheaper production costs – not to be misunderstood!
Inspired by the movie Wall Street, where ‘Greed is really good’.

Isn’t business all about making bucket-loads of money?
Isn’t that what shareholders expect? It’s true – so not that funny.
But what about the consequences of this foreboding intention?
The sadness, livelihoods lost, blurred futures – no hope for redemption.

She was one of several hundred whose lives would change forever.
The outplacement programme provided her was really very clever.
I was her assigned career coach and would support her through all this.
I’d motivate and guide her every step – there’s nothing I would miss.

So what should be the first thing to help this broken creature?
What should I tell her? On what aspect should I feature?
To begin, let’s look at all her unique talents, skills and strengths.
We talked about all these things and elaborated to great lengths.

But still she remained tearful, bewildered and confused.
She felt betrayed, her spirit battered and, oh, so very bruised.
How could this have happened? What was she to do?
Was all this just a bad dream – or was it really true?

I did my best to give her hope and build her confidence.
I honed in on her attributes and areas of competence.
We explored all possibilities and other lines of work.
How she could be her own boss – what a terrific perk!

After a couple of sessions, her eyes began to sparkle.
I’d shown her that her future could be really quite remarkable.
Together we prepared a plan, a strategy to make this happen.
For her dreams to be reality, she really couldn’t slacken.

She’d become quite keen now, rejuvenated and excited.
I can’t pretend – I too was just a little bit delighted.
What a privilege it had been to turn her attitude around.
What a privilege to find her lost and then to see her found.

But she was one of the lucky ones whose story ended well.
What about all the others whose lives would be pure hell?
If they failed to snap out of that inevitable depression bubble,
Their hopes, their dreams, their futures, would surely be in trouble.

Manufacturing has left our shores, chasing the almighty dollar.
Aircraft and auto builders cut jobs – both white and blue collar.
Aluminium and cigarette makers, each a powerful force,
Shut down their Aussie operations – with no hint of remorse.

There is a recurring theme here, in this all-revealing tale,
That change is the only constant – anticipate it – or fail.
Plan for it – be ready – in every aspect of your life.
Have several options up your sleeve – or surely there’ll be strife.©

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She lives and works in Melbourne Australia, where she provides face-to-face and virtual career coaching services. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

© 2016 Fay Libman

Job Search to-do List

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Regarding careers advice
Got some tips for you
Been in this game a while
So know what you must do

What’s your point of difference?
Don’t be like the rest
Focus on accomplishments
Showcase just your best

Develop achievement stories
That’s something I recommend
What are your proudest moments?
Don’t be shy – but don’t pretend!

You can’t be afraid to ‘sell’
It’s perfectly acceptable here
Some may think it’s boastful
I say there’s nothing to fear

Reflect on why you’re special
Consider a story or two
Talk up your experiences
Just make sure they’re true!

Study the advertised position
Consider the value you bring
Rewrite your resume to match
And make that document sing!

Update your LinkedIn Profile
Your social media too
Or you’ll be the best-kept secret
Known only to a few

Get out there and network
Ask questions – seek advice
Let people know you’re looking
Tell them what would be nice

Take action – that’s imperative
You can’t mope around all day
Get out there – make it happen
Don’t stay in bed and pray!

If you get stuck on your journey
I’ve got more tips for you
Pick up that phone and call me
That’s the first thing you should do!

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

Confidence and career success – Part 1

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When you’ve lost your job
And are feeling a little down
Here’s a little something
To get rid of that frown

Don’t ever doubt yourself
Silence the loser within
Work on your confidence
And smile – yes, even grin!

Get rid of that victim mentality
Step out of your comfort zone
Contact others in your network
Just pick up that bloody phone!

What’s the worst that could happen?
You can’t overthink this stuff
You’ll suffer a few knock-backs
So what? Learn to get tough!

Confidence is so crucial
To any successful career
It’s the most vital ingredient
To move on without fear

When you’ve lost your job
And are feeling a little down
Take massive action NOW!
And get rid of that frown

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Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

Confidence and career success – Part 2

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Now here’s what I suggest
Here’s what you need to do
Stop and reflect on your wins
But more than just one or two

Consider your proudest moments
Throughout your working life
Align these to your key strengths
To avoid any future strife

If you don’t believe in yourself
Then no one else will either
Doubt breeds fear, you know
And you don’t need that one either

What – you can’t think of anything?
Well, that’s just a load of rot!
We’ve all had our share of wins
What a pity – you’ve just forgot!

Stop now! Take time to reflect
Write down all you’ve accomplished
Detail your work achievements
You’ll soon be quite astonished!

So, what else can I do to help
Remind you how great you are?
I’ve got lots of tips and suggestions
I can help make you a STAR!

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au.