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Redundancy: how to handle it

22 Mar 2020
Ewan Anderson


The recruitment market is complex at the moment

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is making everything quite complicated. Companies are facing unprecedented uncertainty and a business landscape that shifts from day-to-day. Sadly, this has led to some companies letting people go. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some top tips when facing redundancy. DO NOT take it personally. (which we appreciate may be easier said than done). Take this time to really evaluate your career to date and take things from there.

Don't check out just yet

Remain your committed and loyal self. Keep morale levels up within the team and make your last few weeks trouble-free; this will hold you in good stead. Don’t burn any bridges. You don’t know what is going to happen in the future, you may end up working with the same manager, team and so on. Scotland is a fairly small country and you'd be surprised how often you cross paths with the same people over the course of your career. You really want to go out with your head held up high!

Make a list

Note down all your tasks and duties before wrapping things up in your current job. Think back to a busy “day in the life” of your role and start making notes so that it's an easy process to update your CV. When you leave a job it soon becomes a distant memory and you can easily forget valuable information that can really make you stand out from others when applying for new positions.

Consider how you've grown

Think about your key skills and experiences - including any achievements in your current role - and note these down as well. Don't miss anything out; something that may not seem like an achievement to you could be something that your next employer is really looking for, so you could be withholding further valuable information and selling yourself short!

Make it easier for yourself

Sign up to all job alerts so that you get all-round coverage to hear about the latest vacancy posted. Register with the top three agencies in your area. Don't be too excessive here as you may see a repetition of roles and this can end up resulting in duplications of your CV, which often leads to a straight dismissal of both CVs.

Really think about the jobs you are applying for; are you sure you are a right fit for the role and are you excited by the position? Redundancy can cause a lot of panic applying, which is completely understandable, however, take a step back and really think about your application and reasons for choosing the opportunity. You're much more likely to get a role you're right for.

Go social

Get on LinkedIn. Already registered? Then update your profile so employers can find you. Make sure you have a professional profile picture - people tend not to view profiles of those that don’t have a picture and you want to give yourself the maximum exposure as possible.

Connect with those that you have worked with - present-day and in the past. It can be as simple as a case of who you know in this tight market. Scotland is smaller than you think! 

These are just a few of our top tips to try and assist you. To bridge the gap between redundancy and your next role, or if you would like a confidential chat, get in touch any time.


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