12 steps to finding a new job after redundancy

Updated: Oct 6

So you've been made redundant. If the news was unexpected you might still be in shock. Even if you aren't particularly surprised you may still be feeling disbelief about the situation. Why me? Why now?

In this post I help you work through this and and get on to the next stage.

1. First things first. You have to let yourself feel all the feelings. You might be upset, angry, betrayed, grieving, angry or panicked about the situation. ALL ARE NORMAL. You may feel all of these things, then okay then back to square one again. THAT'S OKAY TOO. It takes time to get through this so be good to yourself and don't expect too much from yourself in the first few days/weeks after the announcement. It takes time. This is a grieving process. You're grieving for the role you had and what it provided you.

2. Remember: YOU ARE NOT REDUNDANT, your job is. There's a huge difference but still people facing redundancy often feel shame and embarrassment. Accepting this can make a huge difference.

3. This one's a big secret. Once you've done your grieving/feeling angry and betrayed you may start to feel a bit of relief which may well make you feel angry again, only this time at yourself. Why are you even a bit happy to have to be jobhunting? Because maybe, just maybe you know deep down that it hadn't been right for a while but you had stayed regardless. If this is you, then know that this could be the start of something better.

4. This is where you might start to feel that actually, this could be a good thing but again you are scared to think that as you believe that there are no jobs. Please be reassured that there are jobs out there. Lots actually, you may have to approach them a bit differently but they are there.

5. Once you feel ready, start to take back control by taking action. Firstly, look at the sums and work out how long your money will last in the absolute worst case scenario. DON'T dwell here but by running the numbers at least you know whether you have some time or you need to go to Plan B. (You won't have Plan B ready at this stage, that's okay)

6. Before you footer with your CV or anything else, work out your next steps and what you would like to do. You don't have to stick to what you know but may need to take a salary cut/retrain/take a side step if you want to do something radically different. Only you know if this is feasible right now. If you are stuck on this, get in touch. I can support you to get a plan in place and work through it until you are in your new job.

7. Once you've done this you can look at your CV and either update it or get a professional (like me!) to do it. At this stage it may just be a base to work from but knowing it's sorted is another step forward.

8. What about your LinkedIn profile? It's time to look at that and start adding connections in your chosen field and in recruitment. This may be different from where you were before. Don't delete old contacts, just add lots of new ones who work where you would like to work/do what you would like to do. Get a recent photo up and look at your headline and start posting. It's a long game so best to get going.

9. Ask around. Who do you know who is in the field you'd like to get into? Can you speak with former managers and colleagues? Can you do a post on LinkedIn or other social media asking people to look out for you? This involves some pride swallowing but is often a really good way to get a role.

10. Set yourself targets around job searching and reward yourself when they are done. Pick the time of day that suits you best and alternate between LinkedIn, agency websites, speaking to agencies and the usual jobsites to avoid tedium.

11. Screenshot anything you apply for in case it disappears once they have enough candidates. You'll need it later to...

12. Start preparing for the interviews that will be coming your way!

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