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25 November 2021

CV writing & career development

Thinking about your future career, reskilling, or wanting to update your CV? Accord's guide will help you find the right support for you.

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Preparing for the future

The pace of change in the world of work has been accelerating over many years as companies seek to utilise technology to automate processes or keep up with the changing demands of customers. FinTech's, cloud computing, and the Covid-19 pandemic have all pushed companies to adapt, sometimes at break-neck speed. So, where does that leave workers when traditional ways of working dry up? And how do you start thinking about your longer-term career and all that entails? 

It's a daunting prospect thinking about a new career, especially as many of our members have spent their working lives inside a single company. Whether you're just looking to gain some new skills to complement the work you already do, update your CV, looking for the next step in your career path, or thinking about changing your career altogether - we're here to help you. 

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If you’re told you’re at risk of redundancy, do you know where to go to find out your rights, check what notice and pay you’re entitled to and what you can do if you want to appeal the decision?

We've got a specific guide available that covers everything to do with redundancy and your rights at work. If you're looking for support finding another job, or updating your CV, check out the support throughout the rest of this page.

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We understand sometimes it's easier to stick with the security of the job you know than take a risk and change your career entirely - we've all got bills to pay and our situations are all different. Bumping can sometimes be helpful in these sorts of situations. 

  • Bumping is a process that some employers use to try and match people who have been selected for redundancy and wish to remain in employment, with others that would like to voluntarily leave.
  • You don't have to be doing the same role as the 'bumper' in order to be considered for bumping. But there must be a significant job match along with some other criteria.
  • Register with us your bumping preference, or if you've already been told you're being made redundant contact your local Accord officer.
  • Once you've registered with us, we'll keep you in mind when supporting other members to remain in the business. Registering with us is not a guarantee that you'll be contacted, but please do let us know if any of your information changes such as a new role or a significant increase in salary or your grade.

Retirement planning

  • The Bank Workers Charity have partnered with Renovo (an 'outplacement' service that some employers use) to provide 6 months' free access to Workfriend. Although Workfriend is mainly a portal that includes a CV builder, job search engine, interview simulator, it also includes much more - including some resources to help you start planning your retirement and guidance to help you think about the practical and mental wellbeing impacts of retirement.
  • Age UK have guidance available on all aspects of retirement including information on claiming your state pension or tracking down old pensions you may have lost touch with over the years.
  • Use websites such as The Pensions Advisory Service or The Money Advice Service to find the support you need, including finding regulated Independent Financial Advisors - we would not recommend taking advice from someone who approaches you directly as this may be a scam seeking to defraud you of your retirement income. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Flexible retirement can be a way to help you ease into retirement. Flexible retirement means drawing all, or part of your pension while continuing to work. This gives people the freedom to reduce their hours and wind-down rather than taking a larger step and leaving employment altogether. The terms of flexible retirement will depend on the pension scheme you're in, and the rules attached to this. You can't take flexible retirement before the age of 55, even if you have a right to take your pension on early retirement earlier than this.

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