What to do when you’ve been made redundant

As the Government tries to kick-start the economy during the easing of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, redundancy is, unfortunately, affecting more and more people.  With the Government’s coronavirus support schemes set to end later this year, there may be more redundancies to come. Being made redundant can leave you wondering what can I do now?  Our Recruitment Team, Sandra, Lucie and Alice, offer their best advice on the next steps you could take.

Woman leaving an office with belongings in a box: What to do when you've been made redundant

“There is an intense wave of emotion which comes with being made redundant,” explains Sandra, Octopus Personnel Director.  “Shock, anxiety, fear can all be immediately overwhelming, followed by a loss of confidence and sense of identity.  It’s a challenging time.  But it comes with opportunities too.  There may be some financial compensation, so it can give you time to take stock and explore your options moving forward.”

“It’s important to get the right support and realise it isn’t your fault,” says Alice, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant.  “Once you’ve had time to process the news, there are positive steps you can take to make changes and seek a new role.”

Get the right advice

Lady talking on the phone: Get the right advice about redundancy

“Don’t worry alone,” says Sandra, “Get support and advice from people who understand the situation.”  If you need advice on being made redundant, free help is available. A good first port of call is ACAS, an independent public body that offers free impartial advice on employment rights, rules and best practice.

Take stock of how you’re feeling

Losing a job is a huge adjustment and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Shock, anger, resentment, relief and much more are all common to feel in a short period of time.  Make sure you give yourself space and time to express these feelings, and talk to other people about what you are experiencing.

Man holding his head: Take stock of how you are feeling

Being made redundant during the pandemic is nothing to be ashamed of; you are not to blame for this turn of events and having some social support during this time can help you cope.  Mind has great advice for dealing with redundancy and supporting your mental health.  “Check out my mindfulness techniques to help you process your feelings and begin to take steps to decide on what you want to do next,” recommends Lucie.

Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

Redundancy can lead to lots of worries about the future and the pandemic feels very unpredictable right now.  Lucie says, “Try to focus on the things you can control. Whilst you may not be able to return to your old job, you can spend some time polishing your CV.  You can get help and advice on celebrating your skills and experience in your CV, on making the most of online interviews and how to answer those tricky interview questions.”

Notebook with action plan written in: Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

“By accepting the things we can’t control, we can start to focus our energy on the things we can.  You’ll start to see the way ahead.”

Look at things differently

Alice says, “If you want to do something different, go for it. Don’t be put off by re-training. It’s an experience in itself.  If you’ve spent some time looking at your CV, you can seek out training opportunities to strengthen weaknesses in your CV and skill set or help you transition to a new field or role.”

Look at things differently

“There are plenty of online and short courses across a broad range of fields. Make sure you have researched any courses before you start and try to look for industry-recognised training providers before you invest your time and money.”

Consider temporary work

Some people might make a quick step from one job to the next after a redundancy. But for those looking to explore options, or people working in industries which have less demand currently, a temporary gig such as a short-term contract could be the answer.

Lucie explained, “A temporary job can be great for buying you breathing space.  It offers structure to your week, which is important when it comes to staying motivated, and it’s an opportunity to pick up new skills and experience different work environments and meet new people.”

If you are made redundant, consider temporary work with Octopus Personnel

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Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!