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Top Tips for Coping With Redundancy

In my previous podcast, , I started to tell you about what happened to me when I found out that I may be made redundant. In this podcast, I will share with you how I coped with my redundancy, and what I found to be the best sources of help and advice

  1. Join your union.
  2. Consider all your options. Don’t discount options just because they terrify you. They might just end up being the right ones.
  3. Do your research on all your possible options. Contact me by visiting, to discuss career research.
  4. Seek financial advice from an expert in tax and superannuation. State Plus is an excellent source of unbiased advice on superannuation, see
  5. Find mechanisms to cope in the office. The Employee Assistance Program provides free counselling, which can help a great deal in coping with the emotional response to what is happening. see
  6. Make the most of what you are entitled to. Look closely at your workplace agreement, as there may be provisions referring to other assistance your employer will provide you with when facing redundancy, such as retraining, and career counselling.
  7. This may not be a bad thing after all. This is your chance, so make the most of it!

are you facing redundancy or job loss? Visit to contact me, and let’s talk about it.

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Coping with redundancy And Job Loss

When the Commonwealth Public Service job cuts started in late 2013, I used to laugh when people would ask me if I was worried about redundancy. “of course not,” I would say, “the government will always need legislative drafters. And besides, I’m blind, a woman., and a union delegate. They wouldn’t dare!” I couldn’t have been more wrong.

In this podcast, I will share what happened to me and how it felt.
If you are facing redundancy or job loss, visit to contact me, and let’s talk about it.

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Top Tips On Updating Your LinkedIn Profile


  • This should be a current, professional headshot, if possible.


  • This is very important, as employers won’t read any further if they don’t like your summary;
  • The summary should be concise but should give a good overview of you;
  • LinkedIn doesn’t allow for formatting of headings or bullet points, but you can use asterisks, grater than signs or other symbols at the beginning of headings, or to make bullet points stand out;
  • Include links to relevant videos and documents that demonstrate your achievements.

Employment history

  • as with a resume, employment history should be in reverse chronological order;
  • Include relevant skills developed during each job, and include a maximum of 3 achievements for each job;
  • An achievement is not something you are being paid to do e.g. meeting a target;
  • Use verbs;
  • include any awards received, significant projects, any voluntary work you’ve undertaken, and anything you’ve published in the appropriate sections of your profile.


  • This should be in chronological order;
  • Remember to include TAFE courses, industry related training and in-house courses;
  • If you have obtained any certificate qualifications, include these in the certificates section of your profile;
  • if you are fluent in more than one language, include the additional languages in the appropriate section of your LinkedIn profile.

Skills and endorsements

  • There is debate as to the value of these, as LinkedIn can recommend that your connections endorse you for particular skills;
  • You can invite your connections to endorse you for particular skills, and you can choose whether to accept endorsements from your connections.


  • You can ask your connections to write recommendations for you;
  • If you don’t like a recommendation, you can ask the person who wrote it to amend it, or you can choose not to make it visible on your profile.

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Top tips for updating your resume

These are the things you should pay particular attention to when updating your Resume.

Contact details

Career objective/career overview

Career history

  • this should be in reverse chronological order;
  • don’t go beyond 10 years, or the last 3 jobs;
  • You can include a sentence about other previous employment, that further details can be provided on request.


  • meeting a target is not an achievement, but what you are paid to do;
  • Use verbs;
  • include any awards etc;
  • limit to three per job if possible.

Plug all resume gaps

  • These are a normal part of life, so don’t worry about being honest about these;
  • Be brief about the reason for the gap, and focus on any skills you may have obtained.

Education and training

  • This should be in chronological order;
  • Don’t include secondary school, unless this is your first job;
  • include industry related training, TAFE courses, and in-house training.

Professional memberships


  • These will give the employer an idea of whether you will fit the culture of the organisation.


  • If at all possible, include your current supervisor;
  • Include phone numbers and email address;
  • Don’t attach written references, but include a sentence saying that written references will be provided on request.


  • Use an easy to read font
  • consider including contact details at the top of each page;
  • If using bullet points, keep them all the same;
  • Consider centering your career summary and contact details, and keeping everything else left justified;
  • You could use a table layout, as I did, but this can take up more space;
  • Limit to 4 pages if possible.

Customise your resume for each job application.

  • Write a general resume, and then tweak it for each job application to give the employer what they want;
  • Customise your career summary to include the top credentials that you have that the particular employer requires;
  • Modify your job history so that you highlight the duties that best fit with those in the job description;
  • Similarly, modify your strengths and skills sections to highlight those that best fit the job description.

Further Reading

Resume writing – Australian Style
What do hiring managers look for in a resume?
Four tips for explaining gaps in your resume
Customize your resume for best results

Last edited on 15/9 to fix broken link.