Advice to All Members

Careers Springboard was formed for jobseekers like you. The volunteer organisers and the other members have all been involved with job search, through redundancy or career breaks. So you will meet people who understand your feelings and needs.

Our members who are the most successful with their job search are those who make full use of our unique one-to-one services which are free to registered Careers Springboard members:

Careers Springboard has volunteer specialists with skills in all these areas. They are ready to help.

I’m embarrassed

There is no longer any stigma attached to redundancy or job seeking as it has become so widespread. Our membership reflects the magnitude of the problem. Discuss the situation frankly and honestly with your partner if you have one, you can use this guide to help. Keep your family and friends informed of your progress since you need their advice, support and affection.

What now?

You now have time to think laterally about increasing your skills or about alternative careers. This could be the opportunity to do something different – something that you have always wanted to do. Remember, bitterness over past events is counter-productive. Always try to be positive. Look forward, and be persistent. Individual counselling can also be arranged.

How do I start my job search?

The search for a new career is a full time job and you will have to work hard at it. You will need to manage your time with discipline and single mindedness. Take regular exercise, maintain a good diet, and do not neglect your personal appearance.

  • Book a coaching session to help you identify your strengths, determine your career direction or build confidence
  • Revise your CV with our help to ensure that it is accurate, concise and an effective selling document.
  • Ensure you have a dynamic profile and contact details on LinkedIn.
  • Take full advantage of our programme of meetings on getting interviews, telephone techniques, selling yourself, job search on the internet etc.
  • Start networking through your old business contacts, friends and prospects.
  • Thoroughly prepare before any interview. Do your homework on the company and its activities. Sell yourself with confidence.

What about money?

If you are facing a change in income find out what you should prioritise with the Money Advice Service They have dedicated pages to help. These cover how you can best manage your money, what help is available from your account providers and what to think about if you might need to borrow money. Check your pension position and redundancy benefits. Ensure that you are receiving all your entitlements.

Opportunities do exist, as many former members of Careers Springboard have proved.