Redundancy is a real career kick in the teeth and it can be hard to move on. Many feel a sense of failure, however it’s important to remember that companies are making roles redundant not people.
Even knowing that it can still be a nightmare. However once you’ve sorted your payout and the logistics of being without work, there are a number of steps to take to get your career back on track.
Here we’ve put together a few useful tips to help you move on after redundancy:
1) Update Your CV and LinkedIn Profile
Before you do anything you need to take a look at your CV and LinkedIn profile. If you’ve been in your role for a number of years then they might be a little bit out of date.
Read the CV tips on our website to ensure you’re making the most of your experience, highlighting all your tangible achievements to your new prospective employer.
Also be sure to update your headline on LinkedIn, so that it’s clear to those that are interested, that you’re available and searching for work.
2) Get Your Story Straight
In our experience people often feel embarrassed about being made redundant, and they’ll ask us what they should tell employers. Our advice is always the same, be honest!
Employers are not likely to have any negative thoughts, as they understand that redundancies happen to everyone, even the best employees. Instead sell the fact that you can start immediately and that you have knowledge and experience to share.
3) Make a Connection
It’s time to start reaching out to some of the connections you’ve made throughout your career and LinkedIn is a great place to start.
It’s good practice to send requests to people that you have some link with rather than bombard strangers. Just remember to personalise your invitation to connect, explaining your current position to spark their interest.
4) Choose a Recruitment Partner
Why not connect with a recruiter who can help you with your job search? They can not only put you forward for open positions but also recommend you to employers who might be interested in someone with your skillset.
It can be a good idea to choose a recruiter that specialises in your chosen sector, for example here at CNM Recruitment we specialise in built environment recruitment. They will understand your needs better and be able to advise you on the current climate in your sector.
5) Learn a New Skill
If you have the funds, and time on your side, then why not take the chance to learn a new skill? It could really help your job search and it shows prospective employers that you’re proactive when it comes to your career.
It might be an online course in something general, or an industry-specific qualification you know will add real value to your CV.
6) Have an Open Mind
Sometimes when a career door closes, a new and unexpected one can open. It sounds like a cliche but it’s true. Reaching out to old connections and searching the job market might lead to a different opportunity that you expected.
Keep an open mind to any opportunities that come your way. For example you might be focussing only on permanent roles, however interim positions also offer many benefits.
7) Keep Going!
It can be easy to feel deflated after you’ve been made redundant and even more so if you then get a couple of knock backs from jobs you apply for. However just try and keep going with your search, while being kind to yourself.
Look to those around you and ask for feedback on your CV or interview technique to see if there’s any way to improve your chances.
If you’ve been made redundant and you’re looking for a recruitment partner that can help with your search then get in touch with our team. We specialise in the recruitment of Construction, Engineering, Maintenance, Facilities Management, Surveying and Architecture roles at all levels. Call us on 01274 946144 or send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.