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Tips for job hunting after being made redundant

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Tips for job hunting after being made redundant

  • Career
  • · September 19 2022
  • · 3 min read
Tips for job hunting after being made redundant

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Have you recently been made redundant?

If you have, the idea of getting back into the job market and applying for jobs can be daunting.

Which is why we’ve put together the post redundancy CV and job hunting tips below to help.

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But it’s important that you don’t let this set you back. If anything, you should try to look at your redundancy as an opportunity to start something new and exciting.

That said, we know it can be difficult to get started back on the job search. Especially if you were in your last role for a long time as it may have been a while since you’ve had to write a CV or look for a new position.

Which is why we’ve put together the post redundancy CV and job hunting tips below to help.

Stay positive

Being made redundant can be a stressful time in anyone’s life. So, it’s no surprise that it can have a real impact on your motivation and self-confidence. But the key point to remember here is that being made redundant is not your fault.

For this reason, you must do your best to remain positive and approach your job search in the right frame of mind. This will help to set you up for success!

Look at it as an opportunity to take some time out and think about what you want to do. You might be able to start an entirely new career altogether.

That said, we know it can be difficult to stay positive post-redundancy. And there is a lot of support out there if you are really struggling.

Take your time to find the right role

The thought of being unemployed can feel scary. But, jumping straight into a job you don’t really want isn’t going to feel much better; so don’t rush yourself.

Start by making a list of the types of jobs you’d like. You might even want to take some time to retrain, take an online course or switch industries completely. This is an opportunity to focus on yourself and to really think about what you want from your career.

If in doubt, it might be worth approaching a career coach. Your company may actually offer this as part of your redundancy package.

Fix up your CV

The first important step in any job hunt is creating a strong CV. Depending on how long you were in your last role, your CV may need a big update.

Again, it’s a good idea to invest some time into creating a well-designed CV that is going to get you noticed. This requires you to write a really strong opening statement that explains who you are and what you can bring to the company.

Remember, you’ll need to tailor your CV to every role you apply to. So, keep a master copy on file that you can tweak as you apply to different jobs post-redundancy.

Address the elephant in the room

You don’t need to pay it much thought, but it’s a good idea to refer to your redundancy in your CV. Remember, it’s nothing to be ashamed about.

If you’ve already left the company, you should include your contractual end date in your ‘previous employment’ section. To make it clear that you didn’t just up and leave, you should add a sentence underneath explaining what happened.

For example, ‘due to a merger with a bigger company, the role I was hired for no longer exists’.

Be ready for the tough questions

Being made redundant is nothing to be ashamed of. But often professionals feel like they want to hide it from future employers. However, they’ll probably ask at some point why you chose to leave your previous role.

Prepare an answer before any interview or meeting so you can clearly explain to the recruiter what happened and why your role no longer exists.

By coming up with this in advance, you’ll ensure that you deliver your response confidently when interviewing post-redundancy.

Tap into your network of contacts

You might have built up quite a strong network over the years. So, don’t be afraid to tap into this. Again, you can use platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook to reach out to your connections and see if they know of any positions that suit your skillset.

You might also wish to attend industry events and meet with like-minded professionals. That way, you can expand your network and ask around about job opportunities. Don’t forget to take a copy of your up-to-date CV with you.

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Updated September 19 2022

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