Redundancy Advice

- some hints and tips or advice on how to get over redundancy or dismissal and start a new job.

In today's volatile and changing job market, redundancy and dismissal from jobs is part of everyday life. In past years, the employment markets were more stable and in many countries, people help jobs for many years. That has changed and redundancy is something which many people have to deal with.

Different people react to redundancy in different ways, and it must be said that redundancy is never easy. Loosing a job as a result of redundancy normally has psychological effects on people. Redundancy can affect one's confidence, and indeed it can have a major affect on one's outlook on life.

It is obvious, but redundancy and loosing a job will have a major impact on personal finances. This in turn brings concern and worry over the future and how to cope with mounting outgoings.

When facing redundancy and dismissal all these things are natural concerns, and very many other people are in similar situations. Many people have gone through this before and survived. It is therefore necessary to look at how the problems can be overcome and the distress of redundancy or dismissal turned around into an advantage.

It's not your fault

When anyone is made redundant they have a variety of feelings ranging from being rejected through to wondering why you were singled out. The first point to realise is that these feelings are perfectly natural and everyone asks these questions and wonders why.

The truth is that in many cases the reason for being made redundant is that of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It can be very difficult to make a decision about who has to go. This means that it can be no reflection on the person being made redundant. Often it is the job position that is being made redundant and not the person.

It can take some time to get over the feelings of rejection, anger and loss. These feelings can come at different times and are natural. It can be helpful to talk to friends, and on occasions it may be necessary to seek professional help. It is necessary to work through them so that one can then start to address the pressing problem of what to do next.

Take stock

One ready it is worth taking a long hard look at the options that are available. Some people may want to take the opportunity of a career change, and redundancy can provide the ideal opportunity to take stock and consider this. Alternatively additional training may be the route to providing additional opportunities, although be warned that many employers also want experience on top of the training.

Look to your strengths

Often people underestimate themselves and do not realise the strengths they have. It can be easy, especially after being made redundant to believe that one has few strengths of any value. This is not true as everyone has many strengths and it is really a matter of defining what they are. This can be difficult, but it is worth considering what one did on the previous job and see what enabled you to do it. Talk to friends and any work colleagues who you may in on contact with.

Make a list of your strengths as seen by different people. It is then possible to match them all together and look at recurring patterns.

The strengths can then be used in any CV that may be written, and by examining what your strengths really are, then you can have more conviction about them when ultimately going for interview.

Use available resources

There are many resources available for anyone who has been made redundant.

  • Often employers offer workshops for CVs and general career advice. Even though there may be resentment towards the former employer, these workshops and seminars can be very good. They are normally focussed towards the area which will be of interest.
  • Look around the Internet as there are many good resources available for all manner of requirements. Take a good look and make the most of the free services.
  • The local employment office or job centre is likely to have a number of resources that can be used to good effect. These should be investigated and used as required.
  • Dependent upon your country, local government / local council may offer advice, and they may have some useful services available. Check to see whether there are any and whether they are appropriate.
  • Friends are always a good resource. They may have had similar experiences, or they may know where to find something you need. Talk things over with them.

Go for it!

Having looked at the possibilities it is then necessary to put everything into place. Knowing what you want to do there are a number of actions to take:

  • Write a good CV - get help if necessary.
  • Draw up a list of possible employers and submit CVs to them.
  • Submit CVs via internet resources - look for Job agencies on this site.
  • Visit local employment agencies and submit CVs to them.


In summary, try to remain positive. There will be set-backs, but these can be overcome. You stand a far better chance of success if you believe in yourself and have prepared well for any interviews. Even though have had a set-back by being made redundant, it can looked upon as a new opportunity, and often many people look back and are grateful for the change as it forced them to change out of a job they had been in for too long. It is not always easy but perseverance usually pays off.

By Ian Poole

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