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5 Things To Do If You're Made Redundant

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Unemployment can crop up on even the most qualified and hard-working people – whether it is a waiter in a restaurant, a major CEO of a corporation or even as a caring nurse within the NHS. It can be disheartening, frightening and even shameful – I know this through personal experience. But as this writer is a major believer in, there can be a positive in everything in life. “When god closes a door, he opens a window” as they say. Here are our suggestions to help you back on the employment horse and to stay positive throughout the turbulence.

Mourn the loss

Working full-time, you spend nearly a third of your day (and life) at your job. It would be hard to not form some emotional attachment to the role, especially if you do not work as a contractor. So if you get let go, the emotional response can be similar to a death of a loved one – one of shock and sadness.

As with death, everyone takes it differently. Some people like to cry their hearts out, some like to bottle up their emotions; some even like to process it as anger. Whatever you do, embrace it and feel the full impact. Mourning takes time but it will help you emotionally move on and, with time, you will be ready to job search.

That being said, don’t hold a grudge

While going through the emotions of mourning, it is easy to blame your boss for the redundancy and be bitter about them and the company. However, it is most probable that they didn’t want to let you go - they are humans too with emotions you know? It was most likely a business decision based upon a number of external factors outside of your performance. It is this mantra that got me through – it’s not personal, it’s business. Repeat: it’s not personal, it’s business.

Take some ‘me’ time

As with any unemployment, you will have more free time than you can ever imagine. If the layoff was a shock and unexpected, your instant panic over fears of money would most likely have you immediately have to scrambling for the nearest job board for the latest vacancies. Don’t. Relax. Enjoy some of your new found time. Do something that you have always wanted to do, such as travel to an unknown destination, or take up cooking. Even take some training courses relating to your field to keep yourself busy, such as Giving yourself sometime away from work will stop any panic applications and stop you landing a wrong role.

Starting your job search

Once you are ready to step back into the career-world, the first step is to dust-off the CV and update it to reflect any new skills attained since the last edit. Be bold and positive about all the new skills you learnt in the previous employment. You can always get your CV reviewed for free here to ensure it appeals to the right employer/recruiter.

The next stage is to upload it to all the relevant job boards. If you are looking for a non-medical role within the NHS, then GoToJobBoard would be a good place to start. For a broader range of roles, sites such as JobSite will suffice. Most of these sites have a CV Search function for recruiters, meaning they are working for you to get you into your next role.

Keep going

After a few days of job hunting, it could start to be laborious but keep going! New jobs are added every day and one of those roles could be yours. The way I fought the ‘job search rut’ was to structure my day around my job search, much like how I structure my day around work. My day looked a little something like this:

8am wake up

8:30am gym

10am job search

1pm lunch

2pm job search

6pm dinner and relax

To mix it up, occasionally I would visit a coffee shop to do my job search. This got me out of the house and was able to avoid the distractions of the TV. However, everyone is different and can focus under different environments.

In time, the interviews will start coming in and your dream role will be offered to you. However, if there is one thing to take away from this blog, is that although losing your job may seem like the end of the world, it can lead you to landing your perfect career - that is what happened for me. So try and stay positive.

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