How to bounce back from redundancy
There’s no denying that being made redundant can be one of the most challenging, worrying and upsetting events you’ll experience during your career. And, unfortunately – given the impact of Covid-19 on the economy – job losses are becoming increasingly common.
However, as unsettling and as stressful as redundancy can be, there are ways in which you can bounce back – even in the current climate. So, to help you do just that, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help you get back on your feet and find not only your next opportunity, but the right opportunity.
Evaluate where you are now, and where you want to be in the future
Take some time to think about what you’ve achieved so far in your career – not only will reflecting on your achievements help you to maintain a positive mindset, it’ll also help you to analyse any other career goals you have going forward.
It could even be that, on reflection, you weren’t particularly happy in the role or company you’ve just been made redundant from – and if that’s the case, it’s important to consider why. Was the role not challenging enough? Were the business’ values not aligned with yours? Did you feel overworked? Figuring out what you have and haven’t enjoyed will help to shape what you look for in a role going forward.
Boost your skills
It’s a candidate-heavy market at the moment, so there’ll be a fair bit of competition when you’re applying for jobs. To help you stand out from the crowd, give your skills a refresh – or learn something completely new that’s relevant to the field you’re interested in.
Whether it’s taking advantage of free online courses, doing an adult education course or even an apprenticeship, there are so many opportunities for you to upskill. If you’re not sure where to start, you can speak to a National Careers Service adviser.
Don’t forget that EmployGM can also help you to access a wide range of fully funded courses and qualifications, so you can work towards your career goals.
When you’re faced with redundancy, it’s easy to feel unmotivated. However, if you’re going to find a new role quickly, you need to proactive. Here are some things you can do to kickstart your job search and get ahead of the game:
- Refresh your CV - ensure that it lists your key achievements whilst remaining concise; stick to two sides of A4 at the most. If you’re applying for multiple roles, you will likely need more than one version of your CV.
- Post on LinkedIn – LinkedIn in great for networking, so write a post announcing that you’re available for work, and you never know what opportunities could come your way.
- Get active on the job boards – set up profiles on the likes of Indeed, TotalJobs and Reed and start searching for vacancies in your chosen field. You can filter the results so that you only see roles added since your last visit, saving you time and effort. Once you’ve created your profiles and uploaded your CV, you can also opt to share your details with recruiters who can potentially signpost you to your ideal opportunity.
- Tailor your applications – a generic cover letter sent to every employer won’t get you noticed. Instead, take the time to read the job descriptions, and write bespoke cover letters demonstrating how you have the essential skills outlined in the advert. You should even consider tweaking your CV so that the most pertinent skills for each role are featured at the top, if possible.
While it’s true to say that every interview is different, preparing some answers for some of the most common questions can help you to get ahead of the game once an interview request comes through.
Many interviews will ask you to give examples of times when you’ve demonstrated certain skills or behaviours– such as time when you dealt with a challenging situation, showed leadership, or how you learned from a mistake. Looking at the person specification on the application form should help you to understand what kinds of things they might ask you about.
Take care of your mental health
Finally, as important as it is to throw yourself into finding a new role, it’s also even more crucial to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during this time. Don’t be afraid to open up to friends and family if you’re struggling. Just talking about your worries can take a huge weight off your shoulders.
Consider meditation and relaxation apps such as Headspace and Calm to help you practice mindfulness and refocus your thoughts. Remember that you are worthy of employment, and that things will get better – even if feels like there’s no immediate light at the end of the tunnel.
If you feel like you could benefit from some professional help, there are a wide range of services available to help you get your mental health and happiness back on track. EmployGM can signpost you to some of these, so get in touch if this is something you’d like to pursue.
If you’ve recently been made redundant or have been told that your job is at risk, we have a dedicated support service that can help with short-term advice and guidance, and longer-term career planning. Get in touch to find out more