How to deal with Redundancy

CIPD predict higher unemployment in 2012

I’m starting to become concerned with the portrayal of employment news by the BBC. The CIPD were on the couch in the news studio making obvious statements about the expected job loses in 2012. The majority of which will be casualties of the public sector budget cuts. What I took exception to was Steph McGovern sensationalising a Post Office seasonal employment stat to give the impression of huge numbers of people applying for every job. The numbers used were 102,000 applicants for 18,000 Post Office jobs which equals 5.6 per job, a very small number. Dear BBC try and stick to facts and avoid sensationalising stories.

Liam Fox resigning as personal life and work distinctions blur.

A professional responsibility for the security of the UK? An improper use of status? A dubious friendship with undertones of self interest? Arrogance? Stupidity?

Another day in government?

Dr Fox resigned his position in government, but not in parliament, as he felt that he had allowed his personal life to interfere with his responsibilities. If this had been a role in a private enterprise he could have expected to have had a meeting with HR, which, would have resulted in either a verbal warning, written warning or asked to leave for gross misconduct.

Its not my position to judge Fox or his relationship with Adam Werritty but to pick through the corpse and find a correlation between this story and how it would unfold for anyone other than a politician.

I could not.

That is where correlation also stops.

Currently, being a politician does not compare to how the rest of the working population would be treated. It seems that, politicians, no matter which party, still believe they can do what they wish.

If we forget the expenses story, or the even the PM/Coulson episode and just take this current story of Dr Fox what do we find? Someone who has resigned for an error of judgement. As mentioned earlier, in a normal position this would have been a different process. That aside, Fox felt that it had become/was such an issue that he had no option other than to, “hold himself to his own standards” (sic).

But if this is the case – why does he (or in any other misfortunate) feel that they are still able to remain an MP and represent their constituency?

BAE cuts 3000 jobs

BAE Cuts 3000 Jobs – How bad is it?

Could there be a positive outcome to a headline of BAE cuts 3000 jobs? Yes there could, possibly. If we consider the type of personnel that will be made redundant as assets then they will still have a place in the job market. It will without doubt be a terrible situation to deal with but if those affected can draw on some inner strengths then they could do very well.

Investment in jobs

This net result will depend on individual mobility and attitude. If they wait for the respective politicos, Mark Menzies, Vince Cable or Alan Davies to intervene then the situation could truly become dire. This is not to say that the politicians will not achieve an end result but its naive to think that they can prevent this or make an investment  in an industrial park (Mark Menzies) happen in a time-scale that’s of use to the people affected by the redundancy.

If, alternatively, the people affected are able to grasp change and start looking for alternative work country wide or even world wide then this could become the best career move ever. Yes, the job market is tough but for highly skilled individuals it can also be lucrative, providing they are aggressive in looking for and exploiting opportunity. Once again the CV will play its part and the CV writer has to be able to produce a resume that demonstrates the high skill levels, knowledge and achievement necessary to succeed.

As a comparison, had this been a supermarket closing its doors and unskilled staff looking for work then the situation would be compounded.

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