Looking for a new role is challenging enough and even more so because of redundancy. It can be difficult to pick yourself up when you’re feeling a sense of rejection and potentially questioning your professional value. In the last recession, I was made redundant from a job that I disliked and had wanted to escape from – but that didn’t diminish my sense of hurt and rejection.
However, redundancy can provide you with the opportunity to make a new start. I can now see that being made redundant was one of the necessary steps to get me where I am now i.e. running my own business.
I help many people who have been made redundant get new roles – and, most importantly, roles that they really want.
First, I help them understand why their redundancy is giving them a great opportunity:
- It allows you to assess afresh what you want to be doing in your career – and often with some time and money while you do this.
- It helps you move to a new employer – when you were putting it off.
- You’ve often left a negative environment so a fresh start can be invigorating and positive – if you let it be.
So, following redundancy, here are the crucial steps you need to take to find a new role as positively and easily as possible.
Crucial Steps for getting a new role after redundancy
- Remember: it’s very unlikely to be just about you and your performance. In fact, it’s more likely to be about the needs of the organisation in terms of the specific role you were doing. Accept this, and then move on.
- Reflect on what you did in your last role but give yourself some time and space to do this. If possible, escape for a few days for a change of scenery. Make notes about your responsibilities, your achievements, obstacles you overcame and results you delivered.
- Next, take the time to assess what sort of role you want next. Consider:
- Do you want to go into a very similar role?
- Do you want to take the opportunity to push for the next level up?
- Or, do you want to do something completely different?
- After a short break, work on your CV and LinkedIn profile. Make sure they are as meaningfully updated as possible and they won’t be if you leave it six months after redundancy to do this.
- Take the opportunity to speak to people in your network, as you have more time. Be curious and listen to what is going on in their world; others are often a great source of inspiration. Talking to different people will help you consider your approach to the job market, as well as renew and deepen existing relationships. Make it clear you are not seeking to speak to them as you want them to help you find a new role directly – this may put them off. Explain you are looking for inspiration to help your thinking and planning.
- Assess whether you have any skills gaps that you want to work on alongside looking for a new role. You can’t spend all day every day job hunting, so how can you use the rest of your time? Perhaps do some charitable or voluntary work which, as well as being valuable in itself, helps you have more purpose. It’s also something to mention during interviews, showing you are a proactive person.
- Make sure you are interview ready, particularly if you are unpractised at virtual interviews. These sometimes happened previously but following recent events, being skilled at them is a must if you are looking for a new role.
At the time, redundancy can seem like one of the worst things to happen. However, the best outcome is you look back a year later and see the great opportunities it gave you. Sometimes it can be the push we need to take the next career step.
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