Whether your redundancy was a bolt from the blue, or it’s been hanging over your head for ages, you have to get through it. Now is your time to look forward and move on so follow our top tips to help you along the way.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Redundancy packages, compensation, notice periods, these are all things that your HR department should talk through with you, but there is no harm in contacting a third party. A trade union, online legal service or maybe a friend who understands these things better than you do.
IT’S NOT PERSONAL
Understanding the logic behind your redundancy is important as you need to know that it has nothing to do with your performance. It will no doubt be a commercial decision and not personal against you.
SURVIVING REDUNDANCY MINDSET
It is essential to have the right mindset in order for you to move on to the next part of your journey. Be ready to get busy, clear the decks, sort out your finances, your workspace at home and get ready for what’s coming next.
NO SHAME OR BLAME
It’s very positive when you know that it’s not your fault and you will be in a very strong position to tell your story without apportioning blame or being rude about your ex-employer. Employers look for positive attitudes in potential employees, and they don’t want to hear bitter redundancy stories.
The easiest option is to re-engage with your current profession and research different employers, perhaps the competitors of your ex-employer. If that’s the case for you then happy days, the competitors may be well aware of the situation and if so, will probably be geared up and ready for new applicants.
But if you would like to move away from your sector then you will need to be creative about it. Talk to friends, ex-colleagues, former bosses or anybody else that can give you useful advice and feedback. Consider your options based on your skill set and experience and then start networking.
NARROW IT DOWN
Once you have a few options, choose the best one by thinking about the realities of what work has to be for you geographically, economically and creatively. Have a clear view of what, where and how? The more specific you can be, the more chance you’ll have of success.
Now you are crystal clear, talk to your friends, ex-colleagues and try to identify the people that you need to get to know and how to get yourself in front of them. Be proactive by using social media, picking up the phone and attending your local business networking events.
SELL YOURSELF WELL
Take some time to develop a networking introduction. Consider your skills and experience ‘what you have done’ and ‘what you have to offer’. This can help you feel more prepared, communicate more clearly and network more effectively. So, whenever you meet a new business contact, always smile and share your one-sentence networking introduction.