Redundancy can be both disheartening and unsettling. However, if you have been made redundant don’t lose hope! There are plenty of other options that will let you reach your full potential in another job. Whether it’s a position similar to your last or something completely new, consider your redundancy to be a new chapter in your life that allows for a world of opportunity.
Take it easy
Although it may seem easier said than done, it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself to find employment straight away. Jumping into the first job you find may leave you unhappy and unmotivated. When you go to work you want to be performing to your full potential and enjoy what it is that you’re doing when you spend 40 hours and 5 days a week there.
Instead, take time for yourself. Look for jobs that you know you will enjoy or that involves a skill you’ve always wanted to try. Your brain still has the ability to learn master new skills no matter your age, so don’t let stigma and stereotypes hold you back.
Whether this is from a friend, relative or even a professional; it’s good to talk. Don’t keep your worries to yourself, people will be happy to help you during this difficult time. They may even have connections which may be beneficial to you.
It’s important that you know what you’re entitled to after your redundancy so that you’re not left with any financial burden. Joining your trade union and getting free advice from them on redundancy packages is one way to ensure that you are receiving the right help and advice that you need. The government even provide advice and facts on your rights and can help you in finding a new job.
Be prepared for opportunities
Keeping your CV up to date is extremely important to let you focus on applying for as many job opportunities as necessary. Leaving updates until the last minute will leave you feeling unprepared and unwilling to put yourself on the job market.
Make sure that your CV is professional and reflects your abilities accurately. Employers want to get to know the real you, not someone who is aiming to show off. Ensuring that your interview skills are up to scratch is also important so that you feel more confident in front of potential employers and they can get a sense of your true personality.
Something will come to you when you least expect it. Whether this is an employment opportunity or the chance to enhance your existing skills via courses, there is something out there for you. We even offer courses here at Civil Service College to help with your career transition.