You’ve wondered what you’d do, and now it’s finally happened. You’ve been made redundant, and your job will be dis-established. Whether you heard whispers that it might happen, or it came out of the blue, being made redundant can be challenging! However, it can also be a positive time, providing you with the incentive to make a change and improve your long-term career prospects.

Your First Steps After Being Made Redundant

It’s hard not to take being made redundant personally. You’re likely to have put your heart and soul into your job, and it can be devastating to think you’ve failed. However, the thing is, it wasn’t your fault. Your employer has decided to cease your employment because your role will no longer exist. As hard as it may seem, now is the time to look on the bright side.

Moving forward, there are a few steps you’ll need to consider making:

• Create a personal budget – without a regular income, money may be tight. It’s important to manage your money carefully over your time of unemployment.
• Check out coaching support – your employer may offer you the opportunity to meet with a career transition specialist or counsellor. They can help you identify where you’re heading and how to get there.
• Create a CV – spend time writing your CV. A great CV will help you get an invite to an interview and we’re here to help you write it!
• Be open-minded – Think broadly about what you want to do next and bBe prepared to look outside of your industry, your local area and even the hours you used to work. Is this the time to start a business?
• Keep positive – maintain a can-do attitude with your job hunt and life in general.

Tips On Surviving the Redundancy Shock

While you need to be looking forward, sometimes the shock of being made redundant can leave you full of emotions. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to move forward without a bit of support and that’s where we can help. Our outplacement service is designed to help you with the practical steps you need to help make your transition quicker. It may be helpful for you to read our article Loss of Job, Loss of Identity which details three things to help you over this time too.

However, there are additional things you can do to help yourself through this period. They include:

• Talk with someone you can trust about what’s happened and how you are feeling about it.
• Spread the word with colleagues and friends that you’re looking for new job opportunities.
• Think about upskilling. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn, but never had the chance?
• Treat your job hunt as a full-time job and give it the same attention you would a paid job.

For further support and to help you get back on your feet and your head in the game, contact us today!