While many businesses attempt to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, many are unfortunately having to make people redundant.

Redundancy can feel incredibly stressful. One minute you have a secure job, regular income, and job security and the next it feels like a distant memory. While being made redundant can feel stressful, it’s also the perfect opportunity to identify and improve your skills, undertake training, and re-evaluate your career.

Finding work after redundancy can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

In this article, we’ve put together a few hints and tips to help you find new job opportunities and start fresh after the redundancy process.

Keep a positive mindset

The decision for a business to make people redundant is totally commercial and is often done in an attempt to claw back some revenue. Unfortunately, that means that many of the employees involved are collateral damage, and the process can feel incredibly stressful even when the business has carried out the selection process sensitively.

You may feel bitter, stressed, and upset when trying to process a redundancy, but you need to try and remain positive wherever possible.

A great way to boost your confidence and to boost your mental health is by creating a list of positives about yourself. This could be something as simple as your career highlights, or even a list of positive statements that colleagues in your previous role have said about you.

Use it as an opportunity to gain new skills

While searching for new jobs, it’s always a great idea to dedicate some time to training, retraining and upskilling. This shows the hiring manager that you are productive, and dedicated to self-improvement – two traits that are incredibly valuable to potential employers.

There are a variety of paid and free courses available out there to give you that competitive edge against other candidates up for the same job role as you.

Gaining new skills doesn’t just look great on your CV, but it can open new doors for you in your job searching journey.

Create a career plan

If you decide that you’re happy with your career path, and wish to gain employment in a similar role, you need to be prepared to throw yourself into the job hunt.

Finding a new job can take some time, and many people think they have to spend all day every day looking for a new full-time job but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The best way to set yourself up for success when looking for a new job is to set a few hours aside each day to search for jobs.

Consider asking yourself:

  1. What job roles can you see yourself in?
  2. What type of job roles best suit your skills and interests?
  3. Which companies attract you and why?
  4. How many applications do you want to make each day/week?

Having a career plan can help to give you some structure to your search. Set yourself goals to help keep you motivated.

Improve your CV

Recruiters spend less than 20 seconds on average looking through CVs attached to a job application, so having a strong CV is incredibly important.

If you’ve been in the same position for a while, it’s likely that your CV will be in need of a little re-vamp, especially if you’re wanting a career change.

Regardless, it’s important that you tailor your CV to the type of job role you’re looking for and the company that you’re applying to.

Network with industry professionals and call in a few favours

While being made redundant can make you feel bitter, try to remember that it’s not a reflection of you personally.

Use the downtime to reach out to industry professionals, recruitment consultants, and even friends and family to see if they can help you with your job search. LinkedIn is also a great tool to have in your arsenal as you search for a new job too as your connections can share your post with their connections, which can lead to potential employers and recruitment consultants to look at your profile.

With any luck, your post could provide you with your next opportunity.

If your LinkedIn page has been neglected, consider refreshing it with your skills and contact settings so that your profile is visible to people you aren’t connected with. You can even change your profile photo and job title to say ‘open to work’ which will instantly show you as available to recruiters and hiring managers.

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Attending your first interview after being made redundant

If your job application has been successful and you’ve been invited for an interview – congratulations! The hard work has paid off.

If this is your first interview since being made redundant try not to let it worry you. Although it’s not inevitable, you may have to answer the question “why did you leave your previous job?”

We suggest tackling this head-on and talking about your experience positively and confidently. Show that redundancy has made you realise what you want from your career, why their vacancy attracts you, and show what you can bring to their business. 

Other than that, you should treat your first interview like any other interview – go in fully prepared, research the company and have a set of questions ready to ask the employer about the role and the business.

Our career advice, in summary…

  1. Keep a positive mindset and do things that boost your confidence
  2. Use it as an opportunity to gain new skills, up-skill old ones, or re-think your career choice
  3. Set yourself daily, achievable goals
  4. Use the time to improve your CV and remember to tailor it to the specific job role and sector you are applying for
  5. Reach out to your network and use LinkedIn to promote yourself and your job hunt