Have you been made redundant recently? Our facing redundancy tips can help you bounce back and get straight into a new opportunity.
Being made redundant can understandably have an impact on your confidence and make you feel demotivated. However, it is important to remember that it is the role that is redundant and not you! It is never an easy decision for any company to make redundancies, so try not to take it personally.
When facing redundancy you should find out about your employee rights and ensure that the process is handled correctly. If you are unsure about anything, then it is worth speaking to an organisation like the Citizens Advice Bureau who will be able to advise you.
Redundancy usually means that there are no other positions available for you within the company. Therefore being prepared to start a new job search is pivotal in helping your redundancy be as smooth and pain-free as possible.
Here are some important facing redundancy tips for you to consider:
1. Ensure that your CV is up-to-date.
2. Before leaving the company, request a reference from the HR department or your manager. Take email addresses or telephone numbers of colleagues you worked with. Sometimes redundancy happens unexpectedly so it is always good to be prepared.
3. Register with recruitment agencies and job boards, to maximise your exposure. It is also worth checking the websites of companies you may be interested in. You should also speak with friends and family to see if they know of any available opportunities.
4. Try to be open to the possibility that you may have to consider alternative positions to the one you were previously employed in. Think about the transferable skills that you have and how these may be perfect for another role.
5. Be flexible with your salary expectations. The job market is always changing and there may be a lot of people on the look-out for a new challenge at the same time as you. Being open to compromise and taking a lower salary (this may be just a temporary measure) could be essential in finding your next opportunity.
6. Make yourself available for interviews. If you are applying for jobs then you should be available to take calls from employers and recruiters throughout the working day. If you miss the call, or can’t make the initial interview date, someone else will be waiting to snap up the position.
7. Try and get temporary experience whilst you are looking for permanent work. This looks much better than long gaps on your CV. It shows you are willing to work whilst looking for the next job and offers you varied experience as well as sometimes opening more doors.
8. Have your interview suit/outfit clean and ready to go at all times. You never know when you might be invited to an interview and how much notice you will be given. Haven’t had an interview in a while and feeling a bit rusty? You can always practice interview techniques with friends or family so that you are ready to answer questions without hesitation.
Following these facing redundancy tips will set you up to succeed in whatever you choose to do next.