In North America February 2nd is known as Groundhog Day, when, according to the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition the groundhog is said to come out of its hole at the end of hibernation. If the weather is sunny and it sees its shadow it goes back into its hole, which foretells six weeks more of winter weather.
The alternative dictionary definition of Groundhog Day is “a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way.” And for anyone who has seen the eponymous film with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, Groundhog Day specifically symbolises getting stuck in a relentless repetition of the same day until such time as you make the right decisions and find your purpose.
For the past 10+ months every day has felt like Groundhog Day for many of us: wake, eat, exercise, teach (if you have kids), work (if you have a job), eat, teach, work, walk, eat, work, sleep, repeat…..or a variation on that theme. On February 2nd 2020, who knew?
And the things that have brought changes to this monotony have not always been positive: illness, loss, redundancy amongst them. Being kind to yourself is the most important piece of advice I have heard for dealing with all these situations.
In the film, Phil (Bill Murray) has many unsuccessful attempts at escaping Groundhog Day until he makes the right changes and wakes up to find snow, love and a new life.
When dealing with redundancy, after the rawness of shock, grief and anger have receded there is the mission of finding a new job. If you read around the subject, and I have, you can find a lot of advice about preparing yourself for the task, identifying your goal, doing your homework and being disciplined and resilient about executing your plan.
To help with one of the key areas of preparation, your CV and LinkedIn profile, here are 5 tips for getting them to work as hard as possible for you:
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New CV is driven by Jaqui Winston, who has been writing CVs and LinkedIn profiles since 2013 and previously enjoyed a 25-year career in sales, marketing and management.