My name is Helen Roberts, a Career Development expert with 17 years experience in the industry. I’ve never seen a market quite like this one.

In today’s economic climate many people are ‘hurting’ like never before, financially & emotionally. We have record numbers unemployed across the length and breadth of the UK, US and Ireland. It is my passion to help as many people as I can, help themselves, move forward in their career.

Here are some top tips to help you through your career transition.

1) Think Positively! Easier said than done, I know! Try to look at this career transition as an opportunity for personal growth. Look at what you have achieved and prepare and get excited for the next chapter.

2) Know What You Want, Not What You Don’t Want! During my career I have worked with over 50,000 individuals, assisting them moving forward in the career. Most people know what they don’t want however are not clear on what they do want. If you’re not clear on what you want, how can you ever expect to achieve it? Take some time out and work out what it is you want and how you can create for yourself in the next chapter of your life.

3) Brainstorm & Have a Plan, A, Plan B & Plan C. Plan A should be the absolute ideal scenario for you, Plan B could be the stepping stone to get you closer to your ideal, Plan C again a stepping stone, the more options that you have in this current market, the more successful you will be.

4) Set Goals. Many people in life never set goals. If you don’t set goals how do you know where you’re heading? Get in to the habit of setting goals on a daily basis. Set short, medium, and long term goals. And feel the sense of achievement when you tick them off when you have achieved what you set out to do. Make sure you use the SMART tool to ensure you set goals effectively.

Specific – make sure you are clear on the goal set
Measurable – capable of being measured
Achievable – is it achievable
Realistic – be realistic, what’s realistic for you?
Time bound – always set a date on your goal, if you don’t reach it, set another date and make sure you do

* Write your goals down, and look at them often, be clear on what it is you setting out to achieve & why.
5) Make Job Hunting Your Full Time Job. Identify some key Recruitment partners to work with, aim to work with niche specialists in the locations you are considering. Register your CV online on Job Boards. Create a profile and actively use Linked In (there are 80 million people on that business networking portal) and other business networking portals. Make a list of everyone you have in your network and reach out to them and let them know you are looking.

6) Create a cutting edge; best practice CV that gets results. Make sure it is tailored to each job that you apply for. Access advertised and unadvertised jobs. When looking at jobs, be objective, make sure you shortlist your CV to the role appropriately. I would use this rule of thumb; if you can do 80% of the job outlined on the job profile apply for it, if it’s anything less, save yourself and the employer time.

7) Interviews – put in the preparation, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Champions are made in training. Use the job profile, company information & your CV as your road map for interview.

8) Personal Development. Use this time for personal growth. Many of us get so wrapped up in our career we sometimes forget about who we are and what we’re all about. We don’t give ourselves quiet time. Use this time to rediscover who you really are and what you really want. I would highly recommend you make time to read – check out The Law of Attraction (Esther & Gerry Hicks) or the movie The Secret based on the Law of Attraction, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki.

9) Get Happy! Be grateful for everything you have in your life. Spend time with people that make you happy. Do things that you love every single day, make that time. Play golf, go running, tennis, horse riding, cooking, movies, theatre, socializing whatever it is for you; build it in to your day.

10) Dare to Dream Again. When did you stop dreaming and why?

It is absolutely my passion to help as many people as I can, help themselves, move forward in their career. If I can be of any assistance to you now or in the future, please feel free to get in touch.

Helen Roberts
Career Development Expert
0207 193 5885 London
01 442 9503 Dublin & 518 882 4064 US


1. – Don’t take it personally
Many people who have been made redundant say, “I thought I was doing really well in my job.” Redundancy is not about you not doing well, it is about your company and or industry sector not doing well. Or, as is the case right now, it’s about an entire global economy not doing well. It may feel personal but it’s not. The average person would be made redundant at least once if not twice in their professional life. You are in good company!
2. – Move through it ASAP
It is a shock and there will be anger and grieving but don’t get stuck in that mode. Share with colleagues, get the support of family and friends and if you are really sinking, then talk to your GP. Beware colleagues who do not want to move on – you might need to make the decision to move away from such friendships if they threaten to bring you down. Also, there is only so many times your spouse, family members and friends can hear a re-enactment of the dreaded moment that all was revealed at your former place of work or of all the things your former managers could have or should have done to save your job. It is time to move on.

3. – Make the most of outplacement services
Another reason for trying to process your feelings ASAP are so you can make the most of any outplacement services offered to you. If you are still in shock or stuck in anger mode, then you will not be paying full attention when you should be learning how to market yourself for the job hunt.

4. – Think about upskilling
As you will have a little time on your hands and hopefully a little money as well, look at ways you can up skill. For example, many people teach themselves how to use a variety of software programs. Post redundancy is a good time to seek proper certification for these skills to better market yourself on the job hunt.

5. Don’t just jump at the next opportunity
Take a breath and think about what you really want to do next. Don’t just rush to take any job. This is an opportunity to re-group and look at all the possibilities. Find something that is a good fit for you and where you are at in your life.

6. Flexibility is key
Be prepared to take on a different style of work than what you are used to. Often after a redundancy people will turn down a great temporary role and stay out of work in the hope of landing the perfect permanent role. In this market, finding the right permanent job could take some time so get your head around the alternatives. While some employers are holding back on listing their permanent jobs right now, the number of casual and part-time work has increased. You might need to be flexible.

7. Review your skillset
Make a list of all your skills, attributes, education and training. See yourself in these terms rather than as a particular job role. This will further help you take advantage of a fast changing and more casual employment market.

8. Focus on your own journey
Do not let headlines about other redundancies stop you looking for jobs online and in the press. The day you don’t look might be the day the right job is listed. Make job hunting a full time job.

9. Information is power
There is a tonne of information out there on redundancies and job hunting. It is vital you let your network of friends, family, former colleagues, ex bosses and key information conduits in your neighbourhood know that you are back on the market. Some people feel shame attached to be made redundant and so withdraw socially just at a time when they need to do the opposite. Job leads can come from anywhere including local merchants, the family doctor’s receptionist, your boss from three jobs ago – anywhere.

10. Check your baggage
When the employment market slows, competition for jobs increases and the number of applications rises. The result is that too many employers and recruiters fail to maintain good communication. The fact you were made redundant coupled with not hearing back from an employer about a job application can make people furious – even bitter. Be careful not to take this anger into job interviews with you. There really is nothing wrong with saying you were made redundant when you are asked at a job interview why you left your last job. Just make sure it is not said through gritted teeth.

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Helen Roberts is a gifted leader, a popular trainer at live events, a coach and a mentor. Her fast-paced, authentic style, her incredible energy and passion will not only inspire you, you will be empowered knowing you can overcome your personal obstacles to be the best that you can be and live an incredible life!

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