PracticeAccounting FirmsMoving forward: gain from loss

Moving forward: gain from loss

Okay, the worst has happened. You’ve faced redundancy and got over the initial shock, but when the everyday reality of finding another job sets in, it can almost be an anti-climax

It’s very emotional while it’s happening, but once the dust has settled
you’re left wondering ‘Now what? Where do I go from here?’

Be a survivor

For better or worse, this is a turning point in your life. Put any bitterness or
hurt behind you and focus on the future. For many, redundancy offers the chance
to take stock and even change direction. If you’ve been doing the same thing for
years, think about what you really want.

What do you enjoy about your work?
It’s not always obvious. If you’re an accountant, for example, you could see job
solely as working with figures. But what else do you do, how do you use those
skills – problem-solving? Working with people? Finding business solutions?

What do you hate about your work?
This is your chance to change it. Analyse what’s at the root of your dislike and
use this to think about what you want in future. Would you work better in a
different sort of organisation? In a different environment? Doing something that
focuses more on your specific skills?

Set goals

Work out what you want to achieve and set yourself daily, weekly and monthly
targets to get there. If you want to set up a consultancy, for example, don’t
try to do everything at once, from brochures and business cards to market
research. Break it down into manageable chunks.

Do something towards your goal every day, however small, and celebrate when
you reach your targets.

Take job hunting seriously

These days it’s a professional business. If you’re still using the CV you had at
college with your last job tacked on at the bottom, you’re not going to make an
impression. Get all the advice you can, there’s plenty around – from expensive
consultants to the tips offered on recruitment web sites.

Ask for advice and information from friends, colleagues, former clients,
customers, suppliers, professional associations, everyone. Keep proper records
so that you can find the useful names, addresses and phone numbers they give
you.

Lynn Williams is a career coach. She is the author of
several career books, all published by Kogan Page
(www.koganpage.com)

Related Articles

Sexual harassment – is accountancy next for #MeToo?

Accounting Firms Sexual harassment – is accountancy next for #MeToo?

16h Karen Baxter, Lewis Silkin
Johnston Carmichael CEO appointed as ICAS president

Accounting Firms Johnston Carmichael CEO appointed as ICAS president

3w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

Accounting Firms British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

1m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

Accounting Firms Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

1m Lewis Silkin
RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Accounting Firms RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

1m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
RSM announces 11 partner promotions

Accounting Firms RSM announces 11 partner promotions

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

Accounting Firms BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

Accounting Firms What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

2m Fergus Payne, Lewis Silkin