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Tips to Kickstart Your Job Search After Being Made Redundant

Losing a job to redundancy is a big adjustment and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions.

Make sure you give yourself space and time to process and express these feelings and talk to other people about what you are experiencing – it’s just as important as taking action towards the next step in your life.

Being made redundant unexpectedly can feel like a derailment in your career, but it’s also a key to opening new doors and a chance for you to explore something new.

We’ve gathered some of our top tips to help you take the next step after being made redundant.

 

Keep your perspective

Being made redundant is recognised as one of the most stressful events that can happen in life. It can be a massive knock to your confidence and leave you feeling demotivated.

But it’s crucial to remember that redundancy is completely out of your control. It’s not easy to pick yourself up, but it’s important to make the most of the situation and the opportunities it presents.

When one door closes, another one opens…

 

Create a career plan

Whether you’re planning to stay on a similar path or switch careers entirely. It’s a good idea to visualise what you can see yourself doing.

  • Make a list of your hard, soft, and transferable skills
  • Make a list of the jobs you can imagine doing
  • Analyse job descriptions to identify which resonate with you, your skills, and interests
  • Think of any additional jobs that you don’t currently have the skills for, but could develop yourself

 

Update your CV

Recruiters can spend less than 20 seconds reviewing a CV, so having a good one is of prime importance.

Don’t just write about what the job was, consider the strengths you have and what you brought to the table.

It’s likely that you haven’t submitted a job application for quite a long time. During that time, you will have grown as a professional and will have new skills and responsibilities to highlight.

You don’t need to create a brand-new CV for every job, but you should have a master version and then altered versions tailored to each role you apply for.

 

Expand your network

There’s never been a better time to build new connections. Luckily, there are lots of ways to seek new opportunities and to expand your professional network. You never know when (and where) that next opportunity will arise.

  • Attend networking events (online and in real life)
  • Connect with former colleagues
  • Connect with industry-related professionals on LinkedIn
  • Learn something new
  • Talk to family and friends
  • Think beyond your industry/sector
  • Reach out to interesting people (thought leaders in your industry)
  • Volunteer

 

Befriend LinkedIn

Get to know LinkedIn like the back of your hand. Set yourself as “open to work” and connect with recruitment consultants in your sector. This is a quick way to get noticed.

You can also change your LinkedIn title to say something like ‘looking for a new opportunity’ – this will instantly identify you as an available candidate to recruiters or hiring managers.

 

Upskill

There are thousands of virtual courses you can access online to upskill your qualifications. This means that you can work on learning something new whenever you have spare time.

Several virtual course platforms are available online, including:

  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Skillshare
  • Udemy
  • HubSpot Academy

Though, upskilling can be as simple as reading blogs, watching YouTube videos, and gaining a deeper understanding of your chosen topic.

 

Take care of your mental health

When you start job hunting, it’s tempting to treat it as a new full-time role. While it’s important to remain active and vigilant, time out is also necessary.

Job hunting can be stressful, and at times, exhausting; a quick-fire way to burn yourself out. Instead, set aside a few hours every day to job hunt.

Keep some time free and don’t neglect your other interests. This will prioritise your wellbeing and means the time spent job hunting will be filled with more purpose.

 

Be optimistic!

Try to look to the future with hope.

However disheartened you may feel in the short-term, know that you can make a difference to a new employer and your skills are valued and sought-after.

Remember, it’s quality over quantity. Though it might seem tempting to apply for every job you see, it’s the applications you put the most thought into that you’re likely to get the most from.

 

Need help with your job search?

Identify Solutions are an agile talent partner specialising in recruiting across the technology, projects and change, sales, marketing, and business support sectors.

If you’re looking for advice or guidance as you prepare to start your job search, get in touch with a member of our team.

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