Redundancies invariably come "out of the blue" and as a complete shock to the system and you will undoubtedly go through a range of emotions in the initial aftermath ranging from anger to shock to worry to in some instances relief that a decision has been made to allow you to move forward.

They are also likely to increase significantly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here we break the process down into 4 steps to help.

The Four Steps are

1 -Reflection

2-Housekeeping

3-What Next for You?

4-Recommencing Your Search

 

Step 1 - Reflection

 

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Redundancies invariably come "out of the blue" and as a complete shock to the system and you will undoubtedly go through a range of emotions in the initial aftermath ranging from anger to shock to worry to in some instances relief that a decision has been made to allow you to move forward.

Reflect on all of these but our best advice is that it's important to adopt a "move forward" mindset. Always remember in only a very few instances will this be related to your ability, skillset or Company fit and so it will be out of your control. So now more than ever is the time to focus on yourself, what's important for you and to take control.

You are your own brand, believe in yourself and move forward with belief and passion about what you have to offer a prospective new employer.

 

Step 2 - Housekeeping

 

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Put a call into or read online advice at Gov.uk , Citizens Advice bureau  or talk to your independent financial advisor to find out what financial benefits, help and assistance are available and what you can apply for. Although stats show that in an average career 45% of us get made redundant at least once, very few of us are prepared for this situation and know the right person to ask. Lets face it, very few of us know how Job Seekers Allowance work and your entitlement until we are in this situation.

So find out the facts, look at your payout, look at any policies you have in place to cover such eventualities and do a  budget to assess how long you can wait as a worst case scenario before returning to paid employment.

 

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Step 3 - What Next for You ?

 

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Our  recent blog article,"What Next when your Career stalls" whilst aimed principally at those still in their role is certainly worth a read as you assimilate where you are in your career (and contains a career checklist) as well as asking what you have achieved, what motivates you and what you want next in your career. Do you want to stay in the same industry, same type of role and same geographical area or is it time to for a complete change? Do you want to retrain? This is an important part of your grieving process, finally allowing you to move forward and recommence your job search with purpose and enthusiasm.

Another article we have called How to develop a Successful Career Plan is also worth a read and has templates which can be downloaded.

 

Step 4 - Recommencing your Search

 

Job Search

If you plan to use the services of a Recruitment Consultancy, our advice would be to do your research thoroughly.

Don't post your CV on endless job boards and connect with every consultancy in your area. Take the time to do your research online, assess who are the key operators in your area of expertise, look at their websites and recommendations  and talk to them first on the phone, find out their processes, find how they work and what they will do for you. Will they work exclusively with you to market you out to selected Companies? Explore their knowledge of the market you want to work in.

Working with a Consultancy that you are comfortable with is vitally important. We don't recommend you use more than 3 Consultancies dependent on the specifics of the role you are looking for.

and finally -Be Proactive !

 

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Whilst you may have a Consultancy working with you, be pro-active, network with old colleagues and friends , keep a close eye on possible opportunities you become aware of in the media and on job boards.

 

Good Luck !

 

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Lucy Walker Recruitment are an Award-winning Commercial Recruitment Consultancy who operate within the Leeds and West Yorkshire Areas.We specialise in connecting quality Business Support Staff with Permanent and Temporary Opportunities in Growing SME’s, working principally within the specialisms of PA, Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Graduate, Legal Support, Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics.

PS:- Here's our Candidate Video from our Website exploring how we go about our work with our Candidates.

 

About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry