For anyone who has either been made redundant, knows someone who has been made redundant or who may even be faced with the not so pleasant task of making someone redundant, may I suggest becoming familiar with the writings of GIRL REDUNDANT.
A former agency suit, through her blog Girl Redundant tells of her recent experiences along the emotional roller coaster of the last few months. I have enjoyed reading all of her postings, however in her most recent update she makes reference to the notion of having personal business cards made up to leave behind with people you meet as part of the informational networking process.
She writes ... "And then a coach friend of mine gave me a piece of advice – “create a business card”. Sure a résumé is a necessary tool of any redundant, but (apparently) a business card acts as a snapshot, a memento, a small reminder of me. Something that fits easily into a wallet … okay I get the picture ..."
Now I have a confession to make ... I am actually Girl Redundant's "coach friend" and this is exactly the advice I give to anyone who is in the process of getting back into the workforce after having been left in the lurch.
Standing out from the crowd is the aim of the game and a leave-behind (in the form of a business card) is a sure way to leave an impression.
I plan to make regular references to Girl Redundant's experiences moving forward - since at least I will know that she is doing everything she can to land herself a new role. But I also believe that she will become a real personality that others in a similar situation will not only be able to relate to, but also learn from.
Stay tuned ...
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