So you have just been given the news that you are in the dreaded “redundancy consultation pool” – what should you do next?
In the immortal words of Sergeant Jones, the most important thing is “don’t panic”. This is emphatically not a time or a job market in which to rush out to lots of agencies or immediately call all your friends asking for a job.
Despite all the doom and gloom there are still jobs out there, but to have a good chance of getting one you need to be focused, realistic and well prepared. Following this checklist will help.
First, spend some time working out what you want. At risk of stating the obvious, firms and agencies respond best to people who at least appear in control of their destinies rather being desperate to take whatever is going. There may well need to be a plan A, plan B and back-up plan with a provisional date when you will switch your primary focus.
Second, work out what you have to offer, what makes you different from the typical lawyer. This will obviously include experience but must also be about why people value you or like having you as part of their team.
Only at that point brush up the CV. And remember that it is very hard to keep someone’s interest with a CV more than two pages long.
And if your firm offers external career support, use it: having an impartial expert in job finding in difficult times alongside you can make all the difference.
Charles Glass is a founder director of The Professional Career Partnership, a specialist career and coaching consultancy to law firms.