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 Brexit, an Opportunity or Not?

We all heard the news that Britain will be leaving the European Union. The few people I spoke with so far all had quite different comments.  Some astonished, some thought Brexit good and some think it’s a disaster.

Over the last weeks I listened to a blizzard of opinions from people in Financial, Political, Banking and other sectors and every one has a different view on the whole affair or the likely outcome of an exit over the next year or more.

The effects of Brexit exit are going to be different for every sector of industry.  If you’re inside or outside the EU, are you an exporter or an importer, are you in goods or services and so on the variations continue with every business large and small.

The only one thing that is an absolute certainty is there will be change, change all over the place slowly but surely change will occur.

Change brings uncertainty and it can spook a market that was comfortable in its sector or in other instances present tremendous opportunities for others, but for sure there will be change.

The change as it unfolds will bring with it for some, opportunities for growth and therefore new employment or where the opposite occurs that change may bring re-structures and resulting layoffs or redundancies. One way or the other there will be movement.

If you feel you could be at risk or that opportunities may emerge within your own company or elsewhere, it is therefore essential that you assess very carefully your current role within your organisation and your organisation’s role within the market place and be prepared. Some may call this jumping ship I would say it’s opportunistic.

Whether it be an expansion or contraction it’s important to be one step ahead of the competition. As opportunities present themselves so also will lots of other applicants.

There are a few important steps to go through in your preparation.

One; carefully assess your current position and if it’s your intention to climb the career ladder ensure you have the skills and experience for that next step.  Maybe an appropriate qualification or training would supplement your skills.  One way or the other ensure you are a realistic candidate for that next step.

Two:  The obvious one, prepare a really good CV.  Keep it short and concise with no waffle just bullet points of fact.  While your CV must accurately document your experience to date it must also be ‘flavoured’ with where you’re going.  No lies or untruths, but lean more heavily into the attributes required than you might have in your current role.

Three: Make yourself visible.  Employers use the likes of IrishJobs and other social media sites more and more as time goes on.  Be sure you represent yourself in them all.  Tell enough, but not too much.  It’s easy to get yourself ruled out with too much information. Like a good fisherman, get the hook in firmly and reel them in slowly so use your judgement on just how much to say. Ensure you have appropriate alerts on all such sites. These will send a mail to you when positions appear that match your chosen alerts. This can save you an enormous amount of tie browsing.

Having said all that, never forget one of the biggest job fillers of all is networking.  Just plain old talking to people who you know and letting them know you’re on the move or hoping to move soon. The more people who know, the more likely it is they will recommend you when in conversation with others or when they become aware of suitable opportunities.

The important thing here is when in conversation with those who you know; don’t ask them for a job, ask for their advice as to how you should go about job searching.  There is a subtle difference. Asking for a job adds pressure and people don’t like to be pinned down. Asking their advices is a compliment insofar as they will be surprised and pleased that you thought of them and valued their opinion.

If on the other hand, they have no advice to offer it doesn’t matter at all. The important thing is you have let them know you are on the move and if or when they hear of an opportunity they will gladly recommend or advise you.


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