Your post-Brexit Career Action Plan
Your post-Brexit Career Action Plan
Everyone is waiting to see what the post-Brexit job market might look like and how it might affect the economy, businesses and career prospects. While the temptation may be for individuals to sit tight, hunker down and hope for the best, it’s more important than ever that you proactively look after your career interests so that you can make the most of any opportunities that present themselves and mitigate any risks.
Here are some tips to help from Career Coach, Corinne Mills:
- Be prepared to sing your own praises
Many people find it difficult to talk about their achievements and the contribution they have made but in a post-Brexit world where many organisations may be reviewing their staffing needs, it’s essential that you can articulate clearly how useful you are to the organisation. Find opportunities to subtly slip in reminders about the successful projects you have run, the problems you have solved, the indispensable relationships you have built, so that it’s very clear what an asset to the organisation you are
- Position yourself as future-focused
Most organisations are having to deal with the changed economic and political landscape and the current uncertainty it brings. They will need staff who can rise to the challenge, manage their anxiety and those of others including staff and customers, and show real leadership and composure for the way ahead. Make sure you present yourself as someone who is equal to the complex challenges ahead rather than bemoaning the difficulties otherwise you could find yourself side-lined and on your way out
- Update your skills and knowledge
You need to be bang-up to date with developments in your field so that your organisation has complete confidence in your expertise and credibility rather than looking further afield. Take advantage of any training and development at work, attend conferences and sector training events. You might even want to brush up your foreign language skills
- Dust off your CV
Yes, dig out that old version of your CV you wrote before getting your last job and give it a revamp. Chances are that you have a whole heap of new achievements that you can include to make your CV look more impressive. Use a book like “You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV” to show how you can match your CV to prospective employers needs and ensure that it doesn’t get mangled in the new digital software used by most recruiters and large companies
- Complete your LinkedIn profile
If you increase your visibility to potential recruiters, then more opportunities will come your way and then you can consider whether they are worth jumping ship for. Remember that your LinkedIn profile like your CV is meant to be a very positive portrayal of your capabilities, not just a copy of your job description. Include a nice business appropriate photo and then start building those LinkedIn connections with ex-colleagues and business contacts because this increases the chances of you hearing about other roles
- Talk to people
Get out and about and start talking to people outside of your immediate business circle. Go for coffee, accept the invitation to that trade forum meeting or Chamber of commerce event so that you can build and refresh business relationships. You need to spread your net far and wide and make sure that people know you and your professional capabilities so that you are in their minds when they hear about a suitable opportunity
- Research your options
It’s still very early days but some sectors are likely to be harder hit than others post-Brexit for instance certain financial services roles and construction projects. If this is the case in your sector, then you may need to think about your options. Organisations where its customers are predominantly non-EU are likely to be less affected by the uncertainty. The Civil Service, many trade bodies and organisations are going to need to build their internal capabilities to deal with and advise on the post-Brexit scenario so there may be growth there. It’s projected that with a weak pound the UK holiday market may grow also. If you can also demonstrate that you have skills and experience in areas such as international business, change management, business restructuring, dealing with expats, international recruitment, project management etc then you are more likely to be hireable in a fast-change, internationally focused business environment
- Have a strategy for different scenarios
You need to think tactically about how you are going to position yourself at work to take advantage of any potential opportunities and dampen the risks. Equally, it’s essential that you are ready to go to the job market if needed and that you can present yourself as an attractive a candidate as possible in what is going to be a tightly competitive field
- Help needed
You will need a sounding board to help you in this, whether this is a specialist career coach who can help you navigate your way through this potential minefield, or a mentor or trusted colleague whose advice you respect. If your role is unfortunately made redundant, then definitely ask for some outplacement help from your company where they will pay for a career coaching firm to help you. It’s very useful in a buoyant market but essential in a difficult one
- You can do it!
This is understandably an anxious time for many people and the lack of clarity is unsettling. The best antidote is to take action where you can, following some of the suggestions in this article, and do everything possible to shore up your self-esteem so you are in good shape for the challenges ahead. Remind yourself of your achievements at work and in life, the difficulties you have overcome and the resilience you have shown in the past. We may not yet know what the new post-Brexit future holds, but we have survived a number of recessions in the not so recent past and emerged the other end. I’m sure we will all survive this one too!