Losing your job can be stressful but there is reason to be positive about the future.
You have skills, abilities and a good work record that other employers will value. If you have a few months until your retrenchment date you have time to think about what you are good at, where the job opportunities are, what work you are best suited to and your goals for your future. For inspiration on a positive career change, view Santo's Good news story.
If you need to find a job immediately you will need to find practical assistance and advice. The Help to find a job page can help you with this, including how to build your résumé and develop your interview techniques.
If you have a bit more time, the below three steps will help you plan for your working future. A plan will make your job search more manageable and increase the likelihood of finding a job that suits you. It also means you can go at your own pace and work through any barriers or issues when you are ready to address them.
Three steps to your working future
Step 1: Make a start
Understanding who you are and what you want to do is an important first step in planning your future. You need to have realistic expectations and goals. This workbook will help you understand more about yourself and how you like to work, where you want to live and what jobs you might enjoy, including apprenticeships and traineeships.
You should also consider what is important to you before choosing an occupation:
- Find out what you and your family want and need
- What are you willing to do to get the job you want?
- Could you afford to take the time to do some work experience or volunteering to help get the job you want?
Think about the jobs you could do:
- Know what jobs you could do right now
- Know what work you like doing
- Know what jobs are available
Some jobs may not be available in your local area and you may want to consider relocating.
The Labour Market Information Portal contains employment projections by industry, occupation, skill level and region for the following five-year period. These employment projections are designed to provide a guide to the future direction of the labour market and may assist you to plan for your working future.
Step 2: Get ready
Know what government and employer support is available to you.
Prepare for the job market:
- Practise your computer skills, see the Skills Recognition and Training for more information
- Build your confidence in talking to employers
- Refresh your writing skills so you are ready to apply for jobs
Step 3: Make it happen
Upgrade your workplace skills:
- Fill any gaps in your skills with training, see Choosing a course for more information.
- Get industry licences required by employers
- Find work experience opportunities, including volunteer work
Apply for job vacancies:
- Visit the Help to find a job and where should I look pages for information on the best places to search for jobs. Remember that many vacancies aren’t advertised so make yourself known to employers.
- When applying for vacancies, make sure your résumé is up to date, the Improve your résumé and the Improve your cover letter page can assist.