The trickle-down effects of the pandemic are being felt nationwide, and the charity sector has by no means been spared. Despite the amazing displays of innovation and creativity we’ve seen across the sector, the stark reality is that charities are still falling short when it comes to meeting their financial targets.
And that, unfortunately, means we’re looking at higher levels of redundancies and cutbacks in the coming months.
So what do you do if your job becomes an unfortunate casualty of the failing economy? How can you ensure career progression and advancement when the options are slim?
Change can be scary, but it’s not always bad. And though it may be a bit demoralising to lose your job, it’s all about how you pick yourself up. Who knows, the next step you take could be towards bigger and better things.
Losing a job is never an easy pill to swallow; it’s hard not to take a dismissal personally. But remember, being made redundant doesn’t mean you did something wrong. In fact, you’d be surprised by how many people have gone through this same experience – the numbers have grown significantly since the onslaught of the pandemic.
First, you need to remind yourself that you’re not alone. Then, you need to realise that this redundancy is not your fault. Sometimes the decision on who to let go can be performance-based, and other times it’s nothing more than the luck of the draw. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for support—you might even want to message other fundraisers for advice and guidance on what to do next.
It’s important not to dwell on the negative in this situation. Of course, that’s not to say you should ignore any bad feelings you may be experiencing – just don’t let this experience define you. You’re more than a redundancy, and you still have plenty of amazing fundraising insight and expertise to channel into a new role.
One of the biggest influences the pandemic has had on the UK job seekers is that it’s shifted the landscape from a candidate-driven market to a recruiter one. That means candidates are no longer in the driver’s seat, so you may have to put a bit more effort into your application to ensure you’re standing out from the crowd.
Nowadays, you can’t just dive straight into the job hunt, especially if you’re a bit rusty. You need to get all your ducks in a row first. If you’re not sure what steps to take, we suggest the following:
- Spruce up your CV – If you want to get noticed, you need to make sure your CV is in top shape. Consider giving it a bit of an overhaul—and remember to always tailor it to the job you’re applying for.
- Start networking – You never know who might be able to connect you to that next great role. And with the average application-to-job ratio raising by 84%, it helps to have someone on the inside who can nudge your application forward.
- Upskill – The world of fundraising has changed dramatically over the last six months, with many campaigns shifting to an exclusively digital landscape. There’s no better time than now to start building those skills you’re missing. Check out the Chartered Institute’s courses available for more information.
- Consider your future prospects – Think about where you want your career to go. Is there something else you’d like to be doing? Or a different cause you want to fundraise for? Maybe now’s the time to make the change.
Losing your job can be a bit of a shock, both financially and mentally. And though you may be inclined to dive headfirst into the job hunt, remember to take some time to process and adjust. Otherwise, you’re in danger of burning out.
Try setting aside a few hours a day for job applications and spending the rest of the time focusing on yourself. Consider the projects that make you happy – maybe that’s volunteering or working on a creative pursuit. Or maybe you just want to do a bit more exercise throughout the week. It’s all about finding balance and reminding yourself that unemployment is temporary. You’ll be back on track before you know it.