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Dealing with redundancy

As difficult as redundancy may seem, it can provide you with an opportunity to re-evaluate your career goals and take on new challenges. Remember, it is the role that has been made redundant, not you and it is never an easy decision for employers to make.

If you find out you are being made redundant, read through any documentation that your organisation gives you to make sure you understand it. If you haven't received any paperwork regarding your redundancy, then you should request it. If you work in the UK, you can check you are being offered sufficient redundancy pay using the Directgov redundancy calculator

Next steps

Many companies will offer support with job hunting skills to help you secure your next position. If you are offered this support, it is worth using the opportunity as it may help you feel more confident ahead of your inevitable job search.

Whilst deciding what your next step should be, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy the industry you're in?
  • Do you fancy a career change?
  • Do you want to study or travel?
  • Could you use your skills to set up your own business?

If you decide to search for a long-term role, you may want to consider taking on temporary or voluntary work whilst you’re searching. This type of work can help you to learn new skills, network, and potentially lead you to your next permanent position.

Be aware that if you make it to an interview stage, you may be asked about the redundancy. As frustrating as this may be, if you are asked about it, explain the matter simply and try to sound positive. Focus on the good things from your time at the company – the tasks you achieved, the skills you developed and the relationships you built.

Help is at hand

Register your CV with us so we can help you find your next role. If you are already registered with us, make sure your details are up-to-date. If you see a job you wish to apply for, simply give us a call or apply online.


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