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  • Keeping appointments: why is it so hard? | Writing, life and other animals
    appointments in the medical sense tend to be more of a fuzzy guideline indicating that you ll probably get to see a doctor sometime that day They re designed from what I can see to keep self important medical receptionists of questionable competence in work The reality is that regardless of your appointment time you ll be seen on a first come first served basis and frankly that s simply not good enough I understand that doctors need to spend varying amounts of time with each patient and that these consultations aren t an exact science But the same thing can be said for countless professions and businesses that span the gamut of industrial sectors and somehow somewhere along the line the appointment making and more importantly the appointment keeping has evolved to accommodate these vagaries Appointments work elsewhere so why can t they work at the doctors surgery or the hospital This isn t all doctors fault of course they re too busy doing the doctoring to worry about the administrative niceties of appointments It s the administrators who should really be taken to task for the gross inefficiencies that cripple the medical system in this country Its a monumental waste of everybody s valuable time It means doctors aren t treating as many patients patients aren t getting the service that they deserve and when it comes to public hospitals the tax payer isn t getting value for their tax Euro All in all it s a shambles It s now 12 20 and there s no sign of seeing the doctor yet which means that I have to leave because I have an appointment to keep and anything less would be unprofessional I can t help wondering why keeping an appointment is more important to me than it is to my doctor There s something seriously wrong with this picture I m back at the doctors surgery again It s now 2 50pm and I m bang on time for my rescheduled appointment Am I being called in Of course not Apparently the doctor a different one this time isn t back from lunch yet So I m waiting again in a slightly less crowded waiting room Hopefully this time I ll get to actually see a doctor but I can t help thanking my lucky stars that there s nothing seriously wrong with me This fiasco has disrupted my entire working day and what I find particularly galling is the unvoiced assumption by staff at the surgery that a doctors time for some unfathomable reason is more valuable than mine How Why The sooner doctors surgeries hospitals and other medical establishments start honouring the appointments that they make start valuing their patients who are let s face it their customers time as much as their own the better it will be for everyone doctors included It s time the medical world got with the programme and started to take something as basic as appointment times more

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  • Time management | Writing, life and other animals
    With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy life lurking on the periphery of my subconscious I m self employed and work from home a conscious decision to give me the flexibility to spend more time with my family Somewhere along the line the pressures of earning a crust and the duplicitous nature of time have contrived to steal that away It ends here If you can t make the time to go to the beach with the kids to take an hour in the evening to read with them to play the occasional mindless game just for the hell of it to share in the boundless fun and enthusiasm of their childhood then what s the point We can t control time but we can control how we make use of the time we have and it seems that it s time I re aligned my priorities How about you Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with Business evening echo family Kids and Teens Parenting priorities time work Why should I feel guilty for not blogging Blog Christmas Internet Rant social media Technology Time management 3 Responses Jan 23 2009 Image by kajvin via Flickr I was reflecting recently on the Christmas and New Year break Over the holidays I took some time off like lots of people but as well as taking time off work I also found myself paying little attention to the various blogs I look after this one included Family friends children and the like took precedence which is only right and proper So why did I find myself feeling guilty for not blogging As I pondered this question I had to ask whether a line been crossed somewhere in my subconscious When had blogging taken on such a level of gravity in my life How could I possibly feel even the tiniest twinge of guilt for choosing to spend time with my family instead of posting stuff online It s a fine line and while it s obviously important to keep a steady stream of content flowing on the blog s there are many many things in life that are far more important Sometimes I look at the flood of posts from prolific Irish bloggers like Damien Mulley Alexia Golez and others in my feed reader and despair Between work family and other commitments I don t have time to read all this stuff let alone write my own But then I realised that it doesn t really matter not in the grand scheme of things Different people have different priorities are at different stages in their lives and are blogging under vastly different circumstances A missed post here a sparse week there so what I enjoy writing the blog that s why I do it but feeling guilty for not posting isn t an acceptable part of the equation I purposely didn t make a new year s resolution this year but in hindsight I think I probably will take up a belated one I WILL NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT BLOGGING In 2009 I ll post here and elsewhere when I can when I want to and as time allows without any guilt remorse or regret for failing to maintaining a punishing posting schedule What about you Technorati Tags blogging guilt pressure time Posted by Calvin at 11 09 Tagged with blogging family guilt Who are you really working for Business Career Moves Column Careers Multi Tasking Parenting Time management No Responses May 05 2008 Who do you really work for It s not a trick question it s not that I suspect you re involved in some sort of shady commercial espionage It s a simple straightforward query Do you work for your supervisor Do you work for your line manager Do you work for your HR Department Do you work for your CEO The answer of course is none of the above When you break it down we go to work for ourselves Whether we re self employed working on the shop floor of a high flying executive with a swanky corner office we work to support ourselves our families and the lifestyle we ve chosen to live Work is a means to an end and while you might enjoy or even love what you re doing ultimately it s just a vehicle for your financial security personal achievement and development fulfilment and ultimately happiness Unfortunately we tend to forget all of that We get caught up in the frantic hustle and bustle of working life Long hours stress unrealistic expectations unmanageable workloads and tortuous commutes conspire to erode the very things we re working to secure Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 12 14 Not enough hours Business Career Moves Column Multi Tasking Time management No Responses Apr 28 2008 Published in the Evening Echo 28 04 2008 Do you ever feel that there aren t enough hours in the day Well you d be right Researchers in the US recently discovered that typical middle class city dwellers are cramming 31 hours worth of life into each 24 hour period thanks to multi tasking and an array of time saving gizmos Hands up who s checked their e mail on their laptop or blackberry while making their morning coffee Or used a bluetooth headset to join a conference call on the commute to work while listening to the traffic report on the radio and checking out

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  • Appointments | Writing, life and other animals
    behind the wheel I can never really disengage driving demands concentration even if you re crawling along at six inches per hour You never know when you might need to react to the unexpected Never is the rather obvious answer but the point is you have to be ready I ll drive for hours on the open road but fifteen minutes in stop start traffic has me tearing what little hair I have left out What you may be asking has inspired me to share this mind numbing tirade with you Possibly the biggest waste of our limited time and resources that exists on this or any other planet that s what Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 8 12 Tagged with Appointments Cork Evening Echo Column hospital Mercy Waiting Rooms Keeping appointments why is it so hard Business Evening Echo Column Time management 1 Response Apr 14 2009 Image via Wikipedia Appointments a simple concept you arrange a time and place to meet both parties turn up as arranged you do whatever business needs to get done and you both go on your merry way again Easy efficient and practical Easy efficient and practical that is as long as it s not remotely connected with the medical profession The merest whiff of anything medical and the notion of fixed appointments morphs into something extraordinarily convoluted and apparently unmanageable Why I m writing this sitting in a doctors waiting room My appointment was at 12 00pm I arrived at 11 50am it s now 12 15pm and I m still sitting here surrounded by sick people breathing in a noxious cocktail of contagious pathogens I have a business appointment at a hotel down the road at 12 30 I figured that half an hour would be plenty of time to

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  • Business | Writing, life and other animals
    pipeline and several other projects that will keep me busy well into next year and beyond And the catalyst to all of this was losing my job If you find yourself caught in the cross fire as companies battle to survive the recession try not to despair Yes on the one hand losing your job is a potentially devastating blow but only if you allow it to be The first and perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it s your role rather than you as a person that s being made redundant The fact that your position is no longer required by the organisation isn t a reflection on your ability to do your job Secondly remember that at the end of the day the only thing you ve lost is a job Unlike your family your friends or your health your job is a disposable commodity that can be replaced often by something better Top tips for coping with redundancy Take stock redundancy gives you a great chance to re assess your career your life and what s important to you Look at it as a potential catalyst to bigger and better things something to force you outside your comfort zone and prompt you to take action Talk to other people talking to people you know who ve been through the experience will help You ll be surprised by how many of them look back at their redundancy in a positive light Get what you can many companies only offer the statutory redundancy packages they re obliged to under Irish law Don t let that stop you from negotiating for more the more you get the easier the transition between jobs will be If you re affiliated to a trade union see if they have negotiated preferential redundancy rates for members Sign on immediately this is important to maintain your PRSI contributions and the money every week will help supplement your savings while you look for work Start job hunting finding a new job can take a while so start looking immediately Your employer is obliged to give you time off during your notice period to look for work Tighten the belt cutting back on unnecessary spending and sticking to a strict budget while your income is suppressed will help reduce financial pressure Most of all try to stay positive and look at your redundancy as a stepping stone to the next stage of your varied and interesting career Posted by Calvin at 17 13 Tagged with Business Employment Ireland Redundancy Meeting the recession head on Business Careers Children Evening Echo Column Multi Tasking Parenting Technology Time management Writing 4 Responses Mar 19 2009 Image via Wikipedia It s difficult to think of anything that wastes your precious time more than attending meetings Working parents around the country lament the fact that they don t have enough time to spend with their children But if you add up how much time those same working parents spend travelling to waiting for and sitting around in pointless meetings you d be shocked at the results A huge chunk of the working population waste days weeks even every year sitting in meetings And for what To talk about things that could have been discussed on the telephone or online or to listen to things that don t really concern them at all What a waste Sometimes in any business you need the face to face collaborative communication that only a meeting can provide But the truth is those occasions are much rarer than you might think These days days thanks to the internet and the wonders of digital communications technology there s usually an alternative that would work just as well if not better would be quicker and would prevent participants having to travel long distances to attend Ireland just hasn t been open to exploring the opportunities Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 38 Tagged with Business Business and Economy meetings time Making the time Children Parenting Time management No Responses Mar 05 2009 Image by ToniVC via Flickr Time there s never enough of it these days You d think being linear that time would be an easy thing to manage sixty seconds in a minute sixty minutes in an hour 24 hours in a day seven days in a week 52 weeks in a year and so on It s steady predictable and one of the few things in this world that really is a constant But the reality of course is that managing time is anything but simple The human mind is an incredibly powerful piece of kit and nowhere is that better illustrated than in the way it takes the steady linear progression of time and warps it into a convoluted mess that leaves us wondering what day of the week it is Time stretches out time compresses time stands still time accelerates Time is indisputably a constant and yet our perception of it is anything but It s fluid dynamic and it drives me insane Take this morning for example I have several deadlines to meet this column for one and I can guarantee that because I have something I need to get done by a given time this morning will zip along at breakneck pace Hours will evaporating faster than I can tap keys on the keyboard But if I was waiting for something then the tables would turn each second minute hour would draw out to eternity Why can t we just see time as the constant it is What cruel twist of evolution instructed our brain to twist it so To what end How is it helpful in the slightest The one consolation I guess is that this happens to everyone There s never enough time when there s something you need to get finished and there s always too much time when you re waiting around for something to happen It s a universal illusion that affects the entire human race Time marches along its merry way at the same pace regardless of what s happening in our lives but somehow knowing that doesn t seem to help Our perception of time fluctuates enormously and that s never truer than when you have children They imperceptibly steal huge chunks of your day getting them ready for school helping with homework resolving the inevitable disputes and occasionally averting all out warfare all take time Some days it seems that I only have to blink and it s bedtime and another huge chunk of time falls into the temporal black hole that is parenthood With work jobs around the house and the inexorable demands of parenthood to deal with it s little wonder that 2009 is disappearing fast I hardly seem to have drawn breath since Christmas and without warning it s March How did that happen To say it s been a blur would be an understatement but the real issue looking back at the first two months of this year is that I can t really remember spending quality time with the family A stolen hour here an afternoon there but certainly not enough and always with the distraction of a busy life lurking on the periphery of my subconscious I m self employed and work from home a conscious decision to give me the flexibility to spend more time with my family Somewhere along the line the pressures of earning a crust and the duplicitous nature of time have contrived to steal that away It ends here If you can t make the time to go to the beach with the kids to take an hour in the evening to read with them to play the occasional mindless game just for the hell of it to share in the boundless fun and enthusiasm of their childhood then what s the point We can t control time but we can control how we make use of the time we have and it seems that it s time I re aligned my priorities How about you Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with Business evening echo family Kids and Teens Parenting priorities time work Grown up Marketing Business Marketing PR Rant 1 Response Jan 14 2009 Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr I just read a post in my Feedreader from Damien s corporate portal Mulley Communications where he looks at the difference between marketing and PR the former he surmises is akin to a quick shag while the latter is more of a long term relationship I can see what he s getting at but to my mind PR the building of relationships and reputation for a brand is part and parcel of the bigger overall concept of marketing Marketing encompasses pretty much everything from the inception of a new product or service what does the market want need demand it s design to meet that want need demand it s promotion and sale follow up support everything Including PR So yes there are companies out there who subscribe to the short sharp shock approach to marketing and to PR snapshot advertising campaigns a flurry of press releases coverage for a new product or service and then silence There are also companies that understand the value of building long term productive relationships with their customers with influencers online and in traditional media with society at large I think it s probably more useful borrowing Damiens relationship analogy to compare businesses with people There are those of us who perpetually lurch from one short term relationship to the next but have commitment issues when it comes to investing in a long term relationship They have plenty of fun and can see great short term results but ultimately end up lonely and unfulfilled Then there are those who come to appreciate the value of building a relationship over time of getting to know the subtle nuances of another person s character and yes in some ways even compromising a bit of our own to mesh more effectively and make that relationship work Of course most of us start our adult life in the former category but over time as we realise there s more to life we gradually see the value of commitment and long term relationships It s an evolution one that I think applies equally to businesses Short sharp shock marketing including PR is typical in the early stages of an organisation it s the old way of getting the message out their in a blitzkreig of advertising and press coverage Hammer home the message build an audience And then silence until the next campaign As the business grows smart businesses anyway it begins to realise that there s more to this equation that it could be missing out on something much more rewarding and fulfilling It realises that it needs to start listen to and interacting with its customers to deliver more value refine it s offering It needs to get over its commitment issues and engage in a long term relationship Call it marketing call it PR call it whatever you want but if you want your business to become more than a one night stand get over your commitment issues and start engaging with your audience Woo them before another suitor proposes and you lose them for good Posted by Calvin at 9 00 Tagged with Advertising and Marketing Business Marketing Mulley Write in English people Business Writing No Responses Nov 18 2008 Image by caribb via Flickr Last week Irish trade union SIPTU sent a letter to Aer Lingus letting them know that its members have approved strike action if the airline proceeds with plans to axe around 1 300 jobs While I feel for the Aer Lingus workers plight I really do reading part of the letter released into the public domain as part of a SIPTU press release made me cringe In a couple of paragraphs it demonstrates everything that s wrong with communication in the workplace It s pompous and utterly unintelligible business writing at its very worst Here s an extract from the letter to show you what I mean This decision of our members in the Aer Lingus Branch Cork No 5 Branch and Shannon Aviation Branch has now been sanctioned by the National Executive of SIPTU and you are hereby served with fourteen days official notice of same Following the expiry of notice the decision will be activated as decided by the Union arising from the unilateral implementation by the company proceeding to implement new or changed terms and conditions of employment without agreement contained in their proposals of October 6 2008 or any variation thereof In this connection you should note that the sanction covers strike action and the full withdrawal of labour with the placing of pickets on the company locations and for industrial action which is for limited work stoppages with the withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets on company locations The nature timing and duration of any or all of the foregoing will be determined by the Union Again please clearly and in English this time Reading the above made my heart sink and my head hurt If workers or anybody else for that matter really want to get their message across they need to stop trying to sound important by throwing in formal over elaborate and superfluous verbiage much as I did there and start writing clearly in plain easy to understand English The latest entry in the Plain English Campaign s Gobbledegook of the week reads as follows By aggregating a range of public and commercial datasets including global addressing and Directory Enquiries voter databases commercial data and documentation including dates of birth and voice based verification solutions 192 com Business Services delivers the most comprehensive global online ID verification solution available from www 192 com I think the SIPTU letter trumps that with ease it s in a league of it s own Or rather it isn t which I guess is the material point here All too often business and workplace communication is bloated jargon riddled dross written by people who think that throwing long words into overly intricate prose makes them sound more important than they really are But here s the rub when the name of the game is getting your message across you re audience doesn t care how important you sound or how many syllables you can cram into a single sentence They care about the clarity with which you deliver the essential information People are busy they don t have time to decrypt your missive they need to understand it instantly first time round Communicating clearly with your target audience whether that s your customers your co workers or your employer is critical to any business and never more so than during hard economic times So before you send anything letters e mail blog posts comments anything at all read it through to yourself at least once aloud if necessary and ask yourself truthfully does this achieve what it sets out to do efficiently and effectively If the answer is no perhaps you should stop and take another look And by the way if you happen to be a national union executives looking to serve strike notice on the CEO of a major company and you d like some help writing your letter you could always drop me a line Technorati Tags writing business communication Related articles by Zemanta Aer Lingus staff to vote on strike action Aer Lingus to axe 1 500 jobs in bid to save 74m Posted by Calvin at 23 51 Tagged with Business clarity plain english Writing Weddingdates ie launched Blog Business Internet Reviews Web Weddings 7 Responses Oct 25 2008 Had to write a quick post to announce the launch of a unique new wedding date site for couples in Ireland I have an interest in wedding sites mainly because we run our own photo wedding invitation business and naturally we keep an eye on what s happening online in the weddings space NB I know our site is in dire need of a facelift it s on the To do list Last week saw the launch of an exciting new website on the Irish wedding scene Weddingdates ie opened its virtual doors on Friday 24 10 and offers a unique facility that helps engaged couples in Ireland to select their ideal wedding venue Simply enter your preferred wedding date and the county you want to get married in and Weddingdates ie will return a list of venues in that county with reception availability on your date It s simple and priceless No more trudging through the golden pages and ringing around laboriously to come up with a shortlist of wedding reception venues who can accommodate you Weddingdates ie does it all for you This is very different to the swathe of run of the mill Wedding directory sites that simply list service providers This is an indispensible tool for engaged couples When you re planning a wedding anything that can reduce the time effort and lets face it the stress involved is certain to be a huge boon And that s exactly what Weddingdates ie offers If you re getting married or know someone else who is why not head on over and take a look If you re a hotel manager and your hotel isn t featured you might want to remedy that pronto The site is the brainchild of Ciara Crossan who I had the pleasure of meeting briefly at a SOHO Solo Cork Open Coffee joint meeting a few months back Congratulations Ciara on a great concept a great looking site and something that I m sure will make life easier for countless Irish couples over the coming months and years Technorati Tags Weddingdates ie weddings websites ireland Posted by Calvin at 22 50 Tagged with Business Ireland websites Weddings Louder Voice

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  • Doctor | Writing, life and other animals
    you both go on your merry way again Easy efficient and practical Easy efficient and practical that is as long as it s not remotely connected with the medical profession The merest whiff of anything medical and the notion of fixed appointments morphs into something extraordinarily convoluted and apparently unmanageable Why I m writing this sitting in a doctors waiting room My appointment was at 12 00pm I arrived at 11 50am it s now 12 15pm and I m still sitting here surrounded by sick people breathing in a noxious cocktail of contagious pathogens I have a business appointment at a hotel down the road at 12 30 I figured that half an hour would be plenty of time to check out a lingering pulled shoulder muscle with the doctor How wrong can you be In business if I make an appointment for 12 00 I d better be ready to meet that person at 12 00 otherwise I can kiss their business goodbye But somehow that logic manages to evade the medical mindset Rather than a discrete and accurate sliver of time appointments in the medical sense tend to be more of a fuzzy guideline indicating that you ll probably get to see a doctor sometime that day They re designed from what I can see to keep self important medical receptionists of questionable competence in work The reality is that regardless of your appointment time you ll be seen on a first come first served basis and frankly that s simply not good enough Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 17 19 Tagged with Appointments Business Doctor Healthcare Medicine Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and

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  • Healthcare | Writing, life and other animals
    you both go on your merry way again Easy efficient and practical Easy efficient and practical that is as long as it s not remotely connected with the medical profession The merest whiff of anything medical and the notion of fixed appointments morphs into something extraordinarily convoluted and apparently unmanageable Why I m writing this sitting in a doctors waiting room My appointment was at 12 00pm I arrived at 11 50am it s now 12 15pm and I m still sitting here surrounded by sick people breathing in a noxious cocktail of contagious pathogens I have a business appointment at a hotel down the road at 12 30 I figured that half an hour would be plenty of time to check out a lingering pulled shoulder muscle with the doctor How wrong can you be In business if I make an appointment for 12 00 I d better be ready to meet that person at 12 00 otherwise I can kiss their business goodbye But somehow that logic manages to evade the medical mindset Rather than a discrete and accurate sliver of time appointments in the medical sense tend to be more of a fuzzy guideline indicating that you ll probably get to see a doctor sometime that day They re designed from what I can see to keep self important medical receptionists of questionable competence in work The reality is that regardless of your appointment time you ll be seen on a first come first served basis and frankly that s simply not good enough Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 17 19 Tagged with Appointments Business Doctor Healthcare Medicine Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and

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  • Medicine | Writing, life and other animals
    you both go on your merry way again Easy efficient and practical Easy efficient and practical that is as long as it s not remotely connected with the medical profession The merest whiff of anything medical and the notion of fixed appointments morphs into something extraordinarily convoluted and apparently unmanageable Why I m writing this sitting in a doctors waiting room My appointment was at 12 00pm I arrived at 11 50am it s now 12 15pm and I m still sitting here surrounded by sick people breathing in a noxious cocktail of contagious pathogens I have a business appointment at a hotel down the road at 12 30 I figured that half an hour would be plenty of time to check out a lingering pulled shoulder muscle with the doctor How wrong can you be In business if I make an appointment for 12 00 I d better be ready to meet that person at 12 00 otherwise I can kiss their business goodbye But somehow that logic manages to evade the medical mindset Rather than a discrete and accurate sliver of time appointments in the medical sense tend to be more of a fuzzy guideline indicating that you ll probably get to see a doctor sometime that day They re designed from what I can see to keep self important medical receptionists of questionable competence in work The reality is that regardless of your appointment time you ll be seen on a first come first served basis and frankly that s simply not good enough Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 17 19 Tagged with Appointments Business Doctor Healthcare Medicine Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and

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  • Losing your job: could this cloud have a silver lining? | Writing, life and other animals
    the plunge into self employment as a freelance writer Since then I have become a columnist feature writer marketing copywriter and most recently an internationally published author My first book Understanding Digital Marketing co authored with Damian Ryan was release in January by publishers Kogan Page in Ireland the UK and the USA Things are looking exceedingly positive for 2009 there s another book deal in the pipeline and several other projects that will keep me busy well into next year and beyond And the catalyst to all of this was losing my job If you find yourself caught in the cross fire as companies battle to survive the recession try not to despair Yes on the one hand losing your job is a potentially devastating blow but only if you allow it to be The first and perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it s your role rather than you as a person that s being made redundant The fact that your position is no longer required by the organisation isn t a reflection on your ability to do your job Secondly remember that at the end of the day the only thing you ve lost is a job Unlike your family your friends or your health your job is a disposable commodity that can be replaced often by something better Top tips for coping with redundancy Take stock redundancy gives you a great chance to re assess your career your life and what s important to you Look at it as a potential catalyst to bigger and better things something to force you outside your comfort zone and prompt you to take action Talk to other people talking to people you know who ve been through the experience will help You ll be surprised by how many of them look back at their redundancy in a positive light Get what you can many companies only offer the statutory redundancy packages they re obliged to under Irish law Don t let that stop you from negotiating for more the more you get the easier the transition between jobs will be If you re affiliated to a trade union see if they have negotiated preferential redundancy rates for members Sign on immediately this is important to maintain your PRSI contributions and the money every week will help supplement your savings while you look for work Start job hunting finding a new job can take a while so start looking immediately Your employer is obliged to give you time off during your notice period to look for work Tighten the belt cutting back on unnecessary spending and sticking to a strict budget while your income is suppressed will help reduce financial pressure Most of all try to stay positive and look at your redundancy as a stepping stone to the next stage of your varied and interesting career Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in

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