Part of our range of guidance and support for fundraisers who are currently unemployed or in need of redundancy support.
However, before you do this, it is important to reflect and consider what has happened. This article provides you with a six stage plan to help you deal with your redundancy.
Remember redundancy is not personal: you’re not the first person to be made redundant and you certainly won’t be the last.
Most employees now face redundancy at least once in their lifetime. Whilst at the time it may feel like a major problem and knock to your confidence, it is also a great opportunity for change, growth and to refocus on the things that are important to you.
Attitudes towards redundancy have changed: recruiters and employers are unlikely to regard redundancy as a negative factor when considering you for a position. During an interview, however, they will usually ask you to explain what happened. This is why it is important for you to understand the full reasons behind your redundancy.
The most common reasons for redundancy are as follows:
Most redundancies involve extenuating circumstances that are beyond your control.
Typically you will feel a range of emotions and go through various stages until you are able to move forward. They usually happen in this order:
Shock: You can’t really process what’s happening.
Denial: You’re thinking, "This isn't (or can't) be happening to me!"
Anger/Resistance: “Why did this have to happen to me?"
Acceptance: " I have to deal with this, I might as well get on with it"
Exploration and Challenges: “What can I learn, what could I do?”
Be comforted by the fact that most people go through these emotions, but the timeframe for each stage can be very different from person to person. It’s useful to understand the emotional process you’re going through so you can plan accordingly: you don’t want to go to interviews when you are frustrated and angry.
You need to recognise redundancy as both a challenge and an opportunity; remaining positive and acting with dignity and professionalism will keep your head clear and give you the perspective you need to move forwards.
Despite your emotional state at this time, there are practical steps to take and things to consider:
Finding a job usually takes longer than expected and you need to be focussed throughout the whole process. Don’t panic and start flooding the market with your CV and registering on every job board. It is very important to take time to reflect and to resist the temptation to apply for jobs that you can do rather than jobs that you want.
If you use your time productively this can be a fantastic opportunity to fulfil your potential: take the time to re-evaluate your options, build on your skill-set, change careers, train, retire, study, start a new business and realise all your ambitions. Ultimately, overcoming the obstacles of redundancy can make you more determined, improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence.
Use all the good advice available and get started. A sensible programme to follow is:
Wherever possible be positive and maintain good relationships with colleagues. At some point in the future you may require a reference.
People also change jobs regularly nowadays and you may find a colleague or ex-manager interviews you a few years down the line at another company. Do not burn your bridges! This applies when going through the entire job-hunting process: Do not speak negatively about your ex-employer, the company or an individual. Look for a positive story and tell it, keep telling it until you believe it.
Reminders of tasks to complete before you leave:
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