1. – Don’t take it personally
Many people who have been made redundant say, “I thought I was doing really well in my job.” Redundancy is not about you not doing well, it is about your company and or industry sector not doing well. Or, as is the case right now, it’s about an entire global economy not doing well. It may feel personal but it’s not. The average person would be made redundant at least once if not twice in their professional life. You are in good company!
2. – Move through it ASAP
It is a shock and there will be anger and grieving but don’t get stuck in that mode. Share with colleagues, get the support of family and friends and if you are really sinking, then talk to your GP. Beware colleagues who do not want to move on – you might need to make the decision to move away from such friendships if they threaten to bring you down. Also, there is only so many times your spouse, family members and friends can hear a re-enactment of the dreaded moment that all was revealed at your former place of work or of all the things your former managers could have or should have done to save your job. It is time to move on.
3. – Make the most of outplacement services
Another reason for trying to process your feelings ASAP are so you can make the most of any outplacement services offered to you. If you are still in shock or stuck in anger mode, then you will not be paying full attention when you should be learning how to market yourself for the job hunt.
4. – Think about upskilling
As you will have a little time on your hands and hopefully a little money as well, look at ways you can up skill. For example, many people teach themselves how to use a variety of software programs. Post redundancy is a good time to seek proper certification for these skills to better market yourself on the job hunt.
5. Don’t just jump at the next opportunity
Take a breath and think about what you really want to do next. Don’t just rush to take any job. This is an opportunity to re-group and look at all the possibilities. Find something that is a good fit for you and where you are at in your life.
6. Flexibility is key
Be prepared to take on a different style of work than what you are used to. Often after a redundancy people will turn down a great temporary role and stay out of work in the hope of landing the perfect permanent role. In this market, finding the right permanent job could take some time so get your head around the alternatives. While some employers are holding back on listing their permanent jobs right now, the number of casual and part-time work has increased. You might need to be flexible.
7. Review your skillset
Make a list of all your skills, attributes, education and training. See yourself in these terms rather than as a particular job role. This will further help you take advantage of a fast changing and more casual employment market.
8. Focus on your own journey
Do not let headlines about other redundancies stop you looking for jobs online and in the press. The day you don’t look might be the day the right job is listed. Make job hunting a full time job.
9. Information is power
There is a tonne of information out there on redundancies and job hunting. It is vital you let your network of friends, family, former colleagues, ex bosses and key information conduits in your neighbourhood know that you are back on the market. Some people feel shame attached to be made redundant and so withdraw socially just at a time when they need to do the opposite. Job leads can come from anywhere including local merchants, the family doctor’s receptionist, your boss from three jobs ago – anywhere.
10. Check your baggage
When the employment market slows, competition for jobs increases and the number of applications rises. The result is that too many employers and recruiters fail to maintain good communication. The fact you were made redundant coupled with not hearing back from an employer about a job application can make people furious – even bitter. Be careful not to take this anger into job interviews with you. There really is nothing wrong with saying you were made redundant when you are asked at a job interview why you left your last job. Just make sure it is not said through gritted teeth.
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