If you’ve ever had anything to do with the scouting movement, you’ll know that their motto is to “Be Prepared”. Each week, members participate in activities that help to prepare them to meet new physical, relational and citizenship challenges, as they work towards achieving the various badges and levels that make up, and are at the heart of the scouting movement. Beyond the recognition and self-achievement, foundational skills learned are of course carried over for use in later life.

With many local workers facing an uncertain future following the announcement of more redundancies, the scout’s motto of being prepared comes to mind. But what can you do to make sure you are prepared for losing your job? Seems like a somewhat pessimistic attitude to have…. News of being made redundant is always a shock, even if you know it is coming. The optimist in us hopes that it won’t happen, but as we face a new future there are many things to consider, and decisions we need to make.

In general, the only time people consider getting their resumes prepared or updated is when they need to – when applying for promotions, or other opportunities of their own choosing. But how different could things be if you prepared your resume well before you even needed it, and you kept it updated with details of new courses, jobs and/or achievements as they happened? All too often I have people come to me in a panic, because they have only a short window of opportunity to get their job applications together.

For anyone facing redundancy, knowing that you have a current resume at the ready brings some comfort, as it is one less thing to have to think about during an obviously stressful time. Should a new opportunity present itself, you will be well placed to take advantage of that opportunity, certainly ahead of those who have chosen to wait. Recent experience clearly shows that no one’s job is safe, in both the government and private sector, so remember the scouts, and be prepared…. your family’s lifestyle and future may depend on it!

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