Employee Redundancy tips on how to move forward.

January 16, 2009
Redundancy may often seem like a nightmare, but donít despair, here are some top tips from Insala, which will help you cope:
  1. Do not panic Ė if you have been in employment for two continuous years you are more than likely eligible to redundancy pay. This will help keep you going while you find a new job. Check the policy on your HR intranet or in your contract of employment for your specific terms and conditions.
  2. Donít take it personally Ė they are making your job redundant, not you. Donít take it personally and donít get angry and aggressive Ė it is much better the leave with your head held high and your dignity still intact. You may have work with some of the same people again in the future. Look at your personnel record and your reviews and see what your company believes your strengths are, and make sure these are on your Resume/CV.
  3. Try and stay positive Ė being made redundant may give you that push which you have been waiting for. If you werenít happy in your job and you were wanting to quit this has given you the perfect opportunity to fulfil your dreams. Most jobs give you skills which are transferable to lots of different professions. This means that if you are made redundant donít think that you can only work in the sector which you were previously employed in. Look at what you want to do and what you enjoy doing as well as what you are good at.
  4. Career Assessments - take advantage of career exploration tools offered by your HR department and many online recruiting sites to discover career paths that best suit you. For example, Insala offers personal assessments within EmploymentTalk, that show you what work makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning, how to create career goals, learn your strengths and weaknesses, how to deal with your future boss, and how to prepare for interviews. Such tools enable you to ultimately make the move to a career that is right for you.
  5. Stay in touch Ė keep up to date with what is happening in the sector that you want to get back into or enter. This will help when youíre interviewed for another job. Look at job sites and see the language used, the qualifications required and the hot topics that need to be on your Resume/CV.
  6. Make sure you Resume/CV is up-to-date Ė but donít just add your latest role. Make sure you revisit the style and language used in other sections and emphasise points that are relevant for your new career. Consider creating separate versions of your Resume/CV for various career paths you may be considering. Try and emphasise what makes you different to other candidates, then load you Resume/CV onto a recruitment website to begin testing the waters.
  7. Be creative Ė just because there isnít a position advertised at the place where you want to work, there is no harm in sending off your Resume/CV and asking if there are any available jobs, you never know what might happen as a result. This is also the case with your current employer Ė it may be that they Ďhave you in a boxí and donít know of your desires and skills for another area of the business that may not be facing the same fate as yours.
  8. Explaining this to your next employer Ė being made redundant is nothing to be ashamed of, especially in the current climate. The best policy is to be honest with any potential employer. Maybe try something like, ďIt was a knock-back, but at the same time Iím pleased to have been given the opportunity to develop my career in a new direction.Ē And donít slate your old company, you donít know who knows who.

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