How to deal with redundancies

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Nobody wants to hear the word redundancy, especially not when things feel as uncertain as they do right now.

And no matter how many times people tell you not to panic, you panic. If you’ve been faced with redundancy, you’ll no doubt be fed up with hearing ‘whatever’s meant to be, will be’ or ‘you’ll find something’.

What we’ll do instead if give you some of our best tips to help you deal with redundancy and put yourself in the best position for future employment.

1) Don’t panic

A little hypocritical from us here, but the rest of our tips will help you understand why. It’s only natural to go into panic mode, and we’ll allow you that initial burst of panic, but putting this energy into something productive will be so much more beneficial.

Lists are your best friend! List everything you need to do. While this might be overwhelming, it will give you a clear idea of what steps to take next.

2) Don’t take it personally

This again is another tip that’s easier said than done. Sometimes redundancies feel personal, and this is totally understandable. What you need to remember is that they’re not an attack on your personality, and not a decision that companies make lightly.

You could’ve been the best person for that job and couldn’t have worked any harder if you tried, but redundancy still might have been inevitable.

3) Maintain your network

Your previous employer could be your ticket into your next role. Maintaining personal relationships with them could open you up to a number of different opportunities, whether that’s directly through their network or through a shining reference.

4) Be brave and negotiate

Depending on how long you’ve been with the company, you may be offered a redundancy package. It’s important that you really take the time to read over this and make sure you’re happy with it. If not, don’t be scared to negotiate it. Whether that’s more money, using some of your employee benefits or support with training. There’s an old saying – ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get!’

5) Consider temporary work

Rather than rushing into another job, consider temporary work. Glu Recruit have their own temps’ team that’ll work with you and get you into employment quickly – taking away that financial stress.

6) Do your research

If temporary work isn’t for you, have a good think about the skills you have developed in your last role, and what sort of job you’re looking for.
Researching what employers are looking for will be really helpful when you’re ready to apply.

7) Present your best self

If you’ve not updated your CV in years, it might be time for a re-fresh. Be sure to include all your relevant experience, so you’re more discoverable to employers.

We’ve got a bunch of tips on writing a cracking CV and your LinkedIn profile.

8) Reach out

Don’t be shy to pick up the phone and call us – we want to help out in any way we can. By having that first phone call, we can take a look at your CV and see if we have any jobs that suit.

9) Stay positive

You were hired for your old job for a reason. And since this, we imagine you’ve only developed your skills further. It’s important to remain positive and remember that you’re employable. For the first time, we’re experiencing more vacancies than candidates and finding the perfect role for you, is what we do.

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