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How to get back on your feet after being made redundant

How to get back on your feet after being made redundant

Being made redundant is a bit like being dumped. In some cases it cripples you to your very core and leaves your sense of self-confidence in ruins. Other times, well, you’re back on Tinder swiping right before the sun goes down.

But in all seriousness, most of us have been, or will be, made redundant at one point during our careers, and while it can feel like a major setback, it doesn’t have to be. It’s an excellent time to revaluate where your career’s headed and what you want to get out of it.

Here’s our 5 step guide to bouncing back after redundancy:


1) Take stock of the situation.

When the threat of redundancy hits, your mind will probably need a day or two to fully process the situation. Set aside some time to come to terms with everything - go and do something you enjoy, or spend some time with family and friends – otherwise you could easily find your emotions getting the better of you.

Once you’ve had time to gather your thoughts, it’s worthwhile putting some time into deliberating your next step.

Ask yourself - were you truly happy in your most recent role? Were there any aspects of the job or company that you didn’t like? What we’re your big wins in the role… as well as your small wins?

Compile a list of all the tasks and responsibilities from your previous job or jobs, then split them up based on what tasks you enjoyed doing, and what tasks you didn’t.


2) Take your personal purpose into account.

While the tasks and responsibilities of a role play a huge part in your overall workplace happiness, there’s more to it than that. It’s also worth taking your personal purpose into consideration.

What are you passionate about? Because you’ll get far more satisfaction out of working for an organisation that’s doing something you genuinely care about, even if it has nothing to do with your particular job function.

Find companies that are making positive changes to your industry, the community, or to the planet – and see if it aligns with your own purpose.

Or, you might find your personal purpose leading you in a new direction entirely.


3) Touch up your CV.

Once you have a better idea of what you want, start looking at the different job descriptions out there to see what’s on offer.

What skills, attitudes and experiences are they after? Do these align with your own?

Then revaluate your CV with a fresh pair of eyes. Rather than trying to highlight all of your skills and experiences, try to think from your ideal employer’s point of view. What would be attractive and relevant to them?

Push these skills, attitudes and experiences to the forefront and make them a focal point on your CV (and on your LinkedIn profile).


4) Stay focused.

One of the hardest parts of finding a new job is keeping up the momentum. It could take you a matter of days, weeks or months before you take on a new role, but the key is to establish a structure.

Make a list of jobs to apply for. Set yourself goals and plan out your day around them (for instance, apply for X amount of jobs today, or attend X number of networking events per month).

It’s also a good idea to maintain and expand your professional network. Go to networking events that you’re interested in, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.


5) Prepare yourself for questions.

Once you have started landing interviews, both over the phone or in-person, you’re going to come up against the “Why did you leave your last job?” question.

Being made redundant from a job isn’t necessarily a bad thing in the eyes of employers - but there is a right and wrong way to go about answering it.

Being unconfident or going into too much detail is only going to spark more questions in the interviewer’s mind. The best way to approach the question is to take any sort of emotional connotation out of the equation - simply state that you were made redundant and then tell them what you’re looking for in a new job. It’s simple, honest and to the point.

While redundancy can be scary, remember, the situation is only temporary. And you don’t want just any old job, do you? You want the right job for you!

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