Let’s face it- there’s never a good time for you to lose your job, especially when it’s outside of your control. While the financial pressure can understandably be the most pressing issue, the impact upon your mental and emotional well-being can also take its toll.
One important thing to remember if you’re dealing with redundancy is that things will get better, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time. Take a deep breath, try and get yourself organised with an action plan, and you’ll be back on your feet before you know it. Here’s a few of our handy tips to help you along the way.
Understand your rights
Before you do anything else, make sure you get to grips with what you’re entitled to, including that all-important redundancy pay. If you’re unsure how to proceed, GOV.UK has plenty of helpful information; covering everything from notice periods to alternative forms of employment. It’s definitely worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with what you’re eligible to.
Manage your finances
If you’ve worked for your current employer for more than two years, you’ll be entitled to either statutory or contractual redundancy pay. However, if you find yourself with a less than generous settlement, consult your local Job Centre. Here they can help you set up Jobseekers Allowance, as well as providing assistance with housing costs and council tax.
Seek support if you need it
Dealing with redundancy can often be an isolating process. While many will tell you to remain positive, it’s obviously not that easy to put this into action – studies have shown that those facing redundancy are prone to facing symptoms associated with grief, which can debilitate your ability to look for a new role.
It’s therefore vital that you open up to your family and friends about your circumstances, as they’ll be able to provide emotional support throughout the process. If you feel that you need professional support or therapy, make sure you consult your doctor immediately. Here you can benefit from a wide range of services, from counselling to self-help groups.
Try something new
If you’ve been longing to pursue an alternative career for a while now, why not take the plunge and explore a new avenue? If circumstances allow, it can be a great idea to look into taking a course or earning a qualification, which will demonstrate a proactive approach to potential new employers.
Take a thoughtful approach to your job hunt
While it can be tempting to apply for as many jobs as possible when you’re dealing with redundancy, try and think about the long term. It seems obvious to state, but make sure you’re only applying for the roles you actually want! At the end of all your stress, you deserve to be happy in your new career. Try to focus your efforts upon roles that help you build your skills, and increase your job satisfaction.
Network, Network, Network!
When seeking out that glittering new job role, do your best to keep an eye out for any events or coffee mornings which will allow you to mix with others in your industry or profession. You can do so by researching online (Facebook groups such as The Great Northern Creative Collective are a great start!) and build up a useful list of contacts on LinkedIn. Remember, it’s about developing meaningful relationships – get the ball rolling by introducing yourself to others, and enquiring about potential opportunities.
If you’ve faced redundancy and you’re looking for a new role, we’re here to help. Feel free to give us a call – our lovely consultants will do the rest!