Written by Dave Cullen
Panic and anxiety are natural emotions to experience upon learning you are about to be made redundant. During this time you may be overcome by feelings of fear, loneliness and disillusionment. Your job occupied the majority of your time and now that entire world is being taken from you along with your colleagues. The most important and immediate concern of course is the loss of regular income; this is perhaps the biggest challenge to manage.
However, it is important to view redundancy as merely the end of one journey and the beginning of another. This is your opportunity to consider new possibilities, start-over and perhaps take your career in an entirely different direction.
Take your time: The first few days and weeks post-redundancy will no doubt feel like a blur, allow yourself some time and space to work through the feelings of loss and dejection. Don’t rush into any major decisions until you have a clear head and are thinking rationally.
Make a plan: The next step is to make a comprehensive assessment of your current financial situation and determine how you will manage in the short and medium term. This is an important aspect to address early on as it will be one less obstacle to deal with once you have begun your job search. Incidentally, if your employer provides you with sufficient notice period during your redundancy, you may have time to put a plan of action together prior to exiting your old job.
Plan your job search: Now that you are ready to begin searching for new employment opportunities, carefully explore alternative career paths. Perhaps there is an entirely different occupation you have always wanted to work at; this downtime is enormously beneficial because it will provide you with a time for self-discovery and contemplation. This is your chance to finally pursue your dream career and this may necessitate upskilling and re-educating yourself. If you wish to continue on with the current direction of your career, ensure your CV is updated and tailor it to each position you apply for.
Use your Network: Reach out to friends, family members, former colleagues or bosses and anyone else in your network who you think can provide assistance. Someone in your social circles may be aware of a suitable opportunity for you; at the very least they will be able to provide support and advice. Expand your network further by attending industry events, conferences and job fairs. For more information on Networking to find a job, click here.
Stay positive: Maintaining motivation is the key to a successful job search; however, remaining positive can be easier said than done. It’s all too easy to become pessimistic about your prospects after being on the receiving end of several rejection emails for an extended period of time. It is important that you don’t set yourself overly ambitious goals, instead, ensure that you create realistic targets each week. Concentrate on learning from these failures by improving your job search strategy. You may consider seeking professional career advice from a consultant to help with honing your interview technique or optimising your CV.