Moving On From Redundancy, What To Do next

Moving on From Redundancy, What To Do Next

What is Redundancy?

Redundancy is the state of being no longer in employment because there is no more work available. It is a form of dismissal from your job. It happens when employers need to reduce their workforce.

If you are being made redundant, here are some things you may be eligible for:

  • Redundancy pay
  • A notice period
  • A consultation with your employer
  • The option to move into a different job
  • Time off to find a new job

It always helps speaking with your employer to learn what you may receive, as well as the next steps you should take after being made redundant.

Moving on from redundancy has never seemed so easy. Continue reading for our tips and advice on how you can move forward after being made redundant.

Moving on from redundancy...

Now that you're aware of what you may be eligible for, here are some tips and advice on what you can do to start moving on from redundancy.


Refresh your mind set

Being made redundant can be emotionally draining and hasty. Being calm and logical can help you move on and avoid making hasty decisions that can later regret. Plan out what skill you have acquired from your previous jobs, and use it to help you find your next. Start looking into jobs that link to what you were previously doing, so you feel comfortable working in a new environment, but also one that requires the same skillset. Remind yourself, doors of opportunities are always opening, and with the right mind set, you'll find something fit for you.

Getting Organised

If you are about to lose your job, start planning now. Asking your manager for written references and containing all of your work documents in order before you leave, will only benefit you when searching for your new job after being made redundant. Acquiring the necessary paperwork can become difficult after you leave, so it's always good to be one step ahead. You want to remain as hassle free as possible so reducing the work you have to do through organising yourself is crucial.

Giving yourself time to think

After being let go, many people will feel that they need to find something new, but often the time and money that you receive from being made redundant, can be saved which can then give you an opportunity to think about your next step. Being made redundant does not mean you have to find another job immediately, allow yourself to unwind and take each step as it comes slowly. Job opportunities will always be available out there, so don't stress yourself out and allow yourself time to think about what it is that you'd like to do next.

Reconsider your situation

Although it's hard moving on from redundancy, it can be an opportunity to make changes. Having a clear idea of you want from your next job can help you identify areas of improvement and make changes that are both beneficial and challenging.

Being made redundant can provide you with the incentive to make significant changes in tour career or even return to full-time education.

Despite the stress and anxiety that can come with being made redundant, it is important to take the positives out of the situation.

Why not venture out and try something completely new? Perhaps a different field of work, or even starting a business of your own. It may sound challenging and scary at first, but you'll never know if it may be the right move for you unless you try it out. If after trying out new things you decide it's not what you prefer, you can always go back to what you're comfortable with.

Redundancy should not be seen as time that should be wasted, take advantage of the matter and build yourself up again. Being made redundant may mean losing your job, but it opens new doors of opportunities, a fresh start for something new, or even maybe a well-deserved break. The possibilities are endless.

Stay Engaged

Many people who are considering redundancy or who are moving on from redundancy fear that they will quickly lose their connection with their peers and industry networks.

There are plenty of ways to connect with potential employers, as well as explore other ways to stay connected.

It's important that you stay in contact with your employer whilst being made redundant, as any job opportunities that may surface will be passed onto you. Also, if the company you were previously working with worked in a partnership/is linked with another company, it may be possible for your employer to refer you to work there instead, if of course they are hiring.

Updating your CV

It's important that you keep all documents and your CV up to date, as your most recent experience may be your most valuable one. Employers search for people that are regularly updating their profiles and CV, as not only is it the most relevant, but it also portrays how organised as a person you are. You've got to be paying attention to every detail, making your CV unique, informative and interesting is what you should be aiming for.


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