Putting a plan of action together
Start of redundancy process
Put your CV together. Do this before you receive your notice of redundancy if at all possible as it will help you demonstrate your skills and value to your employer during the redundancy consultation process.
Before redundancy consultation
Approach your redundancy consultation as if it is a real interview: dress appropriately, research the background of your interviewer, practise answers to the likely questions they might ask, maintain a positive attitude throughout. While it may be easier to feel angry towards your employer for putting you in this position, this will not help you keep your job.
After redundancy consultation
Research similar job roles in your area to get a sense of other jobs you could potentially do. Can you find any jobs requiring your skills and experience? Also, start calling everyone in your contacts list, explaining your situation as they may know of relevant opportunities for you.
Receipt of redundancy notice
Start applying for jobs. You can find jobs in the newspaper, on library notice boards, a number of websites, on LinkedIn and through contacts. Explore all avenues to give yourself a maximum chance of getting the job that you want. Don’t be afraid to examine job possibilities in other industries, branching out into freelance work, or even setting up a business.
End of notice period
Register as unemployed through your jobcentre. You can do this online here, www.dwpe-services.direct.gov.uk. Read our ‘applying for jobseekers allowance’ guide to help you through the process. Once you have registered, you will be contacted by the jobcentre to arrange an appointment with your jobcentre adviser. You may also attend an Information, Advice and Guidance session and a CV workshop from TCHC through our Skills Support for Redundancy programme.
Continue to stay positive, do some volunteering or update your qualifications with a training course. Turn job hunting into your job. Do whatever you can to keep the momentum going and your skills and knowledge fresh.
Visit our redundancy web page for more information on our Skills Support for Redundancy programme.
To help you keep to your plan of action, it is important to stay positive, as we learn in the next part of the redundancy survival guide.