Landing a New Job; Tips from Entrepreneur Deborah Meaden

As public sector cuts are made and more and more employees are being made redundant, there will be many applicants for private sector jobs. But how can these former public sector workers adapt successfully to private sector work ethic and practices. Top entrepreneur and investor, Deborah Meaden offers some useful hints.

01. Do not delay

Facing redundancies is not easy. However, it is natural for human beings to be disappointed when they loose their jobs. But, don’t be depressed and procrastinate. Start to plan your next move as soon as possible. If you know that you’re going to get redundant, you can be proactive and plan for it. Completely re designs your cv and start applying. Don’t send the same cv for 10 different jobs. A cv needs to be tailored for the job you’re applying.

Employers in the private sector often have certain pre-conceptions about people from the public sector such as that they are risk averse, they want long holidays and short hours; you need to be able to dispel all of those pre-conceptions. You have to realize that you are going to be in a new environment and your cv should reflect that.

02. Be flexible

You may not get your ideal job straight away, it may be the second job or even the third that fits best, but the important thing is that you need to start somewhere and get going. Take your first step with enthusiasm and dispel the fears of the employer that you’re a lethargic and a negative minded public sector employee. Even if what you are doing isn’t the perfect job it can still be a very good thing. Because not working for a long period can be dangerous. It also sends a negative massage to your future employers if you have long breaks between jobs on your CV

03. Get involved in conversation

Lots of jobs and business opportunities come out of conversation. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and feel free to talk to people as much as possible. So networking is extremely important for future business contacts or finding a new job.

04. Positive attitude

If you’ve been working in the same job for a long time it could suggest to a private sector employer that you have chosen to stay in a safe environment and are perhaps starting to wind your career down. You need to be cautious about this and instead of fuelling this viewpoint you must eradicate it.

05. Rising to the challenge

Often the best things come out of really difficult times. That idea you’ve been considering, that change of direction you’ve been thinking about – now is the time. You could now be saying to yourself: “What have I got to lose?”


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