Next steps after redundancy

Being made redundant is far from ideal, but in the short-term it can provide you with an opportunity to re-evaluate your career goals and consider new challenges.

What are my next steps?

Read through any documentation that your organisation gives you and make sure you fully understand it. If you haven’t received any, then request it. For those who work in the UK, you can check you are being offered sufficient redundancy pay using the Gov.uk redundancy calculator.

A lot of businesses will offer job-hunting support to the person they are making redundant. If you are offered support it’s worth taking it as using this opportunity could increase your confidence for the next step in your career.

If you decide to search for a long-term role, you may want to consider taking on temporary or voluntary work in the meantime. This type of work can help you to learn new skills, network, and potentially lead you to your next permanent position.

Be aware that if you make it to an interview stage, you may be asked about the redundancy. As frustrating as this may be, explain the matter simply and try to focus on the positives. Talk about the good things from your time at the company – the tasks you achieved, the skills you developed and the relationships you built.

Before starting your job search, it might be worth updating your CV. Read our tips on how to create an outstanding CV here.

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