By breaking down what you need to do into small steps, you can turn a long list of tasks into a series of ticks. This gives you a feeling of taking control over your fate and also making you feel more positive about your future prospects.
Here’s a basic checklist of the things you can do:
get your finances in shape
- Do I know how to make the most of my final payout?
- Do I know how to estimate my expenses and budget during transition?
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- Have I checked my Centrelink entitlements?
- Do I know how to create and manage a Temporary Pay Office?
- Am I clear about what to do with my superannuation and the time limits that apply?
- Am I aware of the insurance benefits available to me?
- Do I know what to do with my motor vehicle lease agreement?
- Am I clear about what to do with my share plan and any other company benefits?
- Do I know how to maximise the value of my next job offer?
- Am I clear about my future goals and aspirations? Do I have a plan?
- Meet with a qualified financial advisor to discuss your options.
get your resume in shape
- Refresh your resume – take a look on the internet for templates and update it.
- Look into any outplacement programs you may have been offered.
- Join LinkedIn and look up old work colleagues. Ask them to join your network.
- Join job seeking sites like mycareer.com.au and seek.com.au and establish daily email updates.
- Call up old work colleagues and organise meetings. Let them know you’re out there and looking for a fresh challenge.
get your health in shape
- Set yourself a regular exercise regime: join a gym, start swimming, walking – whatever type of exercise you enjoy.
- Catch up with all those family and friends you lost touch with.
- Treat yourself to small rewards when you achieve these goals – see a movie, buy a book or treat yourself to a meal. You deserve it.