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The 10 stages of redundancy

So you've been made redundant. If the news was unexpected you might still be in shock. Even if you aren't particularly surprised you may still be feeling disbelief about the situation. Why me? Why now?


In this blog post I help you work through this and and get on to the next stage.


1. First things first. You have to let yourself feel all the feelings. You might be upset, angry, betrayed, grieving, angry or panicked about the situation. ALL ARE NORMAL. You may feel all of these things, then okay then back to square one again. THAT'S OKAY TOO. It takes time to get through this so be good to yourself and don't expect too much from yourself in the first few days/weeks after the announcement. It takes time. This is a grieving process. You're grieving for the role you had and what it provided you.

2. Remember: YOU ARE NOT REDUNDANT, your job is. There's a huge difference but still people facing redundancy often feel shame and embarrassment. Accepting this can make a huge difference.

3. This one's a big secret. Once you've done your grieving/feeling angry and betrayed you may start to feel a bit of relief which may well make you feel angry again, only this time at yourself. Why are you even a bit happy to have to be jobhunting during a pandemic? Because maybe, just maybe you know deep down that it hadn't been right for a while but you had stayed regardless. If this is you, then know that this could be the start of something better.

4. This is where you might start to feel that actually, this could be a good thing but again you re scared to think that as there are no jobs. Please be reassured that there are jobs out there. They may look a bit different to what you're used to but there are jobs available.

5. Once you feel ready, start to take back control by taking action. Firstly, look at the sums and work out how long your money will last in the absolute worst case scenario. DON'T dwell here but by running the numbers at least you know whether you have some time or you need to invoke Plan B. (You won't have Plan B ready at this stage, that's okay)

6. Another action step is to look at your CV and either update it or get a professional to do it. At this stage it may just be a base to work from but knowing it's sorted is another step forward.

7. What about your Linkedin profile? It's time to look at that and start adding connections in your chosen field and in recruitment. Get a recent photo up and look at your headline and start posting. It's a long game so best to get going.

8. Ask around. Who do you know who is in the field you'd like to get into? Can you speak with former managers and colleagues? Can you do a post on Linkedin or other social media asking people to look out for you? This involves some pride swallowing but is often a really good way to get a role.