You’re in the perfect ServiceNow role, been there for years. Then...
You find yourself facing redundancy.
Unfortunately, there have been many redundancies in the past few months, and the tech sector is no different. Talented tech professionals are finding themselves without a job, and needing to take the next steps into unemployment.
So, what’s next?
How do you build up the strength to get back on the job market?
This can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it for a while.
We’re here to help you through the next steps and how to move on successfully. Follow these tips and you should be “a-okay”.
The first thing you need to do is...
Don’t Take it Personally!
We get it, your mind goes into overdrive and starts to think "where did I go wrong?!”. But the reality is, it’s not you that’s no longer required, it’s just your technical specialities, so try not to give yourself a hard time.
You may find that over the last few weeks of your employment, your employer tries to prove that your role is no longer needed. Again, don’t take this personally – it’s likely they’re just trying to validate their reasons for making this decision, which in turn makes them feel better about it.
Take Time to Reflect on Your Career Goals
Use this opportunity to assess what you want to achieve in your career.
Do you want a role where there is an opportunity to become ServiceNow certified, to enhance your skills and knowledge of the platform?
Have you previously worked with end-users, but would like to like to get into the ServiceNow partner ecosystem? What will help you break into this path? What have you previously done that you can utilise and develop to achieve this?
Do you want to specialise in a particular area of ServiceNow, such as IT Service Management (ITSM) or Customer Service Management (CSM)?
Consider what motivates you, what you enjoy doing, and what you want to avoid in your next job. This will help you to focus your job search, and find the right ServiceNow role for you.
Update Your CV and LinkedIn Profile
Make sure your CV and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date and tailored to the type of ServiceNow role you are looking for.
Highlight your achievements and quantify your successes where possible. What ServiceNow certifications do you have? Have you been involved in a successful implementation, or even multiple implementations? This will help you stand out from other candidates when applying for roles.
Standing out in a crowd within such a big ecosystem, such as ServiceNow, can be difficult. Check out our article ‘10 Tips to Stand Out From The ServiceNow Crowd’ for advice on how to do this.
Network and Build Relationships
Reach out to your network, including former colleagues, industry contacts, and Recruitment Consultants.
It is important to let them know that you are looking for a new role and ask for any advice or recommendations they may have.
Do they know of any companies that are beginning their ServiceNow implementation and would benefit from having a knowledgeable and skilled ServiceNow professional on their team?
Building relationships within the ServiceNow ecosystem is key to finding new opportunities.
Consider Upskilling or Retraining
If you are considering a career change or want to enhance your ServiceNow skills, now may be the perfect time to consider upskilling or retraining.
Look for ServiceNow courses or training programmes that will give you the skills you need to succeed in your chosen field within the ServiceNow ecosystem.
There are many pathways to take within ServiceNow: Developers, Administrators, Architects, Project Managers or even Consultants. The possibilities are endless!
There is no shame in wanting to try something different, and we can help you with the next steps.
Stay Positive and Focused
Being made redundant can be a challenging time, but it's important to stay positive and focused on your career goals.
Stay motivated and keep your job search on track by setting yourself targets and timelines. Celebrate your successes along the way, and stay resilient when faced with setbacks. Make note of what potentially went wrong in that interview and use it to your advantage. Click here for advice about bouncing back after a job rejection.
In summary, being made redundant can be a difficult experience, but it can also be an opportunity to reassess your career goals and find a role that is a better fit for you.
By taking time to reflect, updating your CV and LinkedIn profile, building relationships, considering upskilling, and staying positive, you can navigate through this difficult time and find a role that you truly enjoy.
Remember, as Recruitment Specialists, we are here to support you through this process and help you find your next opportunity. Contact us today for a confidential chat and we will aim to get you back into the ServiceNow ecosystem as smoothly as possible!