Being made redundant is tough (stating the obvious there) whether it was voluntary or out of the blue, it can be difficult to pick yourself up and know what to do next.
Firstly, if you think that you have been treated unfairly, or that you were selected for redundancy unfairly, then there are a number of places you can seek advice. The Government website has some useful tips as does ACAS. As well as offering help, they also have a helpline you can call. You could also seek the services of an employment law solicitor.
Being made redundant may make you feel like you’ve lost control of your life and unsure what to do.
Here are our tips to getting that control back;
- Confide in Family and Friends.
- If you’re worried about how losing your job will affect your day to day life – things such as paying the mortgage, household bills etc. Don’t suffer in silence, if you’re worried, then talk to your partner or your family, it might be that they can help you out if needs be, or will sit down with you and help you work out a budget.
- Talk to people you trust about your feelings, don’t bottle things up and always remember you’re not alone!
2) Getting Help
- If paying your bills is your major concern, then firstly sit down and work out a budget, what’s going out and where can you streamline for a bit?
- There are a number of places you can seek help and advice; the Government website will point you in the right direction as to what benefits and financial help is available.
- Speak to your bank and mortgage provider, it might be you can take a mortgage break whilst you sort things out.
- Citizens Advice will also be able to help.
3) Update your CV
- If you’ve been in a job for a while, then there’s a really good chance that your CV is really out of date.
- Putting a new one together can be a laborious task and sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.
- By creating a Dalmatian profile, this will take out all the hassle of putting together a new CV.
- Dalmatian is FREE to use and by starting with our SIMPLE CV, you can create an up to date comprehensive CV, which you can use to e-mail or post off for a job, or you can use your profile to apply for a job which is on the Dalmatian job board.
- There’s also the option to use our ADVANCED CV where you can choose your CV template and go into more detail.
- Whichever option you choose, Dalmatian is FREE, even if you use it to create a 1000 CV’s!
- You can also keep your profile updated once you have a job so if you need a CV for a promotion it’s always up to date.
4) Make Job Hunting your Job.
- Our previous blog has more details on this.
- Treat looking for a job like a job, put some structure in place for doing this, spend time looking what’s available, sending out CV’s, phoning companies.
- Attend networking events, make sure that you speak to people and let them know that you’re in the market for a new challenge. Our blog looks at how to approach networking.
- Check out what job fairs are taking place in your area, these are a great opportunity to meet employers who are looking to hire staff. It will also be a place to see what extra training is available. Our blog looks at how to make the most of going to a job show.
- Be pro-active.
5) Make Time for Yourself.
- Give yourself time to breathe and relax.
- Job hunting is stressful, and you need to make sure that it doesn’t become an all-consuming beast that completely takes over your life.
- Take time to do things you enjoy and that take your mind off things. Walk the dog, exercise, watch a film, read a book, spend time with friends.
Good luck with your job search and don’t forget to check out the Dalmatian job board.