As far as the “Worst Things to Happen to a Person” top ten, aside from death and divorce, being made redundant probably ranks pretty high. If you have been working for a firm for a long time, maybe since you left school even, then it may be a serious shock to the system.
On the flip side to this, you may have taken voluntary redundancy as a prelude to early or at least semi-retirement, in either case, there are several steps you should take. Always best to strike whilst the iron is hot, so to speak, or at least whilst you are still feeling quite motivated.
Perhaps the first consideration is how this change affects you financially. If you have several years with a company, maybe you are being offered a generous package, which is good, but it is still worth checking your finances. First port of call is usually the Jobcentre and the possibility of getting access to some public funds. Over the years, I have heard some terrific urban myths about how to qualify for Job Seekers Allowance…get the facts, this is the time to cash in your National Insurance payments.
Still motivated? Then this is a good time to get your CV up and running – have a look through some of the articles related on this site for guidance, or better yet, give me a call for advice.
Your CV is possibly the single-most important tool in your job hunting tool kit and should be up to date and instantly available so that you don’t miss any closing dates.
Perhaps just as important as getting your CV up to date is knowing what you want to do now.
Redundancy could be viewed negatively but for those “glass half full” people, redundancy is more of a crossroads, so you might want to take stock of your situation and really decide what you would like to do from here on. Do you dream of a change? Could you do a course to get your foot on the ladder of your career change? This is perhaps the best chance you will get to do something like this (maybe your only chance!) A friend of mine found himself in a similar position – he did a one week crash course in plastering (the heart wants what it wants!) and it was enough to get his own business going – you get the idea.
The thing to remember about suddenly being presented with a drastic change in your routine is that once the two week “holiday” period is over, or in other words, once it has sunk in that you are now without work, is that you need to stay highly motivated if you are to get back into work quickly. It has often been said that getting a job is a full time job in itself, so make sure that you work out a good schedule of activity that covers Monday to Friday
(it doesn’t all have to be work, work, work though!)
Now is the time to call in as many favours as possible, all your contacts from your personal and business life are potential marketers for you, get your Facebook account updated with your news, Twitter, LinkedIn…these are all your tools to get your talent out there to be found by your next boss. If you haven’t been on the job market for a number of years, you may find that the world of recruitment is a different landscape.
Dave Smith of Career Visa UK is our leading authority when it comes to personal careers advice.
He has worked in the UK recruitment industry since 1991 and is now an expert Jobsearch Consultant specialising in CV creation and improvement. If you need help in preparing to enter the Job Market for the first time or are planning on a career change – simply get in touch via his website http://www.careervisa.co.uk/. You can also read more at his online blog at http://careervisa.blogspot.com/