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Job Search – The Essentials and Job Search - the Workbook - free guides for those made redundant

I’m frequently contacted by people who have products and services of relevance to my clients. For over 25+ years I have maintained a policy that I do not accept introducers fees or commissions – I simply broadcast and comment on good ideas.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people and organisations. Tragically many organisations are really struggling financially and have had no option other than to make employees, (often people who have been friends and colleagues for many years) redundant.

Job Search – The Workbook - The Story - The History

So far in 2020 some 650,000 people have been made redundant, many more will follow. It is not their fault! They have done nothing wrong and no one is questioning their ability to do their job.

Over 30 years ago I was involved in ‘restructuring’ an operational division of the organisation I was working for. As a result a number of people lost their livelihoods. The impact on them and their families was devastating. Sadly, there was to be no support, just a trip to the dole and job centre.

I felt we should do something to support these colleagues. I knew some private sector organisations spent thousands of pounds on ‘outplacement consultancies’ and I felt passionately that the very least my organisation should do was to offer some form of support to the staff we were losing.

To make the redundancy consultation process slightly easier I drew on my rugby experience and did a little ‘sniping around the sides’ with the Trades Unions ... ‘suggesting’ off the record outplacement might be something for the Unions to negotiate and thus allowing them to evidence to their members how they fought tirelessly for them and that their subscriptions weren’t wasted.

Shock horror!

The Unions raised outplacement as a ‘demand’ at the next consultation meeting. Management were of course ‘very sympathetic’ to the idea but external outplacement services were ‘cost prohibitive’ as of course there was ‘no money in the budget’.

Consultations and negotiations ‘continued’ and, eventually, compromises and agreements were reached and I was ‘tasked’ with developing and running ‘job search/outplacement’ workshops.

30+ years on... June 2020

I am pretty much retired. I ‘tweaked’ and used the materials every time I was involved in job losses over the last 30 years. The materials have helped hundreds of people get back into work.

FREE! Something for nothing – yes, really.

I see the impact COVID-19 is having. I can’t do the ‘stuff’ NHS staff and ‘key workers’ do, so I’ve spent ‘lockdown’ completing the 6th rewrite of the materials. My ex-colleague and friend Nikki Edwell has edited them. I am happy to provide the materials at no cost to provide a little support to people who are losing their livelihoods.

Personalise them – change them, amend them... just make them work for your people.

The materials simply just work! I’m not a designer or publisher so the documents are not ‘pretty’. Do what you want with them. Please just acknowledge where you got them from.

In return?

Perhaps the recipient organisation would consider a small donation to one of our chosen charities?

David Aldred

Job Search the essentials
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Eclectic Group Job Search 2020
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