You will be aware that many organisations have taken the very difficult decision to make redundancies. Results from Third Sector research predict that 7 out of 10 charities are likely to be making redundancies within the next year. We understand that you may be feeling very unsettled during these uncertain times, and Longmire Recruitment are working to support you with guidance on how to navigate your redundancy, build your mental resilience, and also how to plan for the next steps in your career.
The following article has been compiled with shared information from our wonderful partner, The Recruitment Network.
Your employer has a responsibility to follow specific processes and they must also be able to clearly explain the reasons why you are being made redundant. It is also suggested that you take the opportunity to speak to your employer about any concerns you have regarding their decision such as timeframes, finances and so on. It is likely you will be dealing with a number of various emotions such as stress, anxiety and worry. There may be ways in which your employer can support you and make the redundancy process as straightforward as possible.
After getting a sense of the reasons behind your redundancy, you can start to work on the next steps and getting time to process it all – you are not alone in facing this!
If you are made redundant, you may be eligible for things like a notice period, redundancy pay and a consultation with your employer. Due to the protected characteristics under the 2010 Equality Act, you must be selected for redundancy in a fair manner. You cannot, by law, be selected because of age, gender, if you are disabled or pregnant. If you are, this is called an unfair dismissal and you may be able to take legal action. For further information about the most up to date guidance, visit the UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/redundancy-your-rights
After speaking with your employer, think about planning a budget for the next few months. Despite more jobs coming onto the market, they are increasingly competitive, and it is important that you take time to plan your finances. You may also be eligible for benefits whilst seeking new employment. The Money Advice Service also have a range of online resources to help you better understand redundancy. Visit their website for further information: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/tools/redundancy-pay-calculator
Consider your redundancy as an opportunity rather than a simply a job loss. This will ensure that you can make the most of the situation. Redundancy is an opportunity for you to re-assess your skills and passions in order to better define your career goals in the future.
If you do have some spare time whilst searching for a new role, do have a look at ways in which you can enrich your skills. For example, if you are looking for a more senior Monitoring and Evaluation role, have a look at Bond’s skills workshops covering this area. There are a number of other online platforms and organisations who regularly host skills training such as FutureLearn who offer free courses on a range of topics.
It is also good to keep up to date with sector news and research any new developments in it as well. This will help you better prepare for any interviews or conversations with future employers and improve your CV.
Take time to think about your priorities for your next role and once you have done that, start building your network on LinkedIn and other relevant social media platforms.
Think about your personal brand as well – what can you mention on your LinkedIn profile that will appeal to employers? We have put together a helpful guide about developing a personal brand, which you can read here: https://longmirerecruitment.co.uk/2019/10/08/creating-personal-brand/
Your online presence is very important and when the right opportunity comes up, you will likely be noticed by the right people. Do also connect with thought leaders in your sector and engage with them as well. It is also a good idea to reach out to former colleagues to write some recommendations on your LinkedIn profile as well and ask them to highlight any strengths you had in the role.
Facing redundancy also comes with several challenges for your mental health and mental resilience is essential as you navigate redundancy and your search for your next role. Look after your mental health and do take time once you have formally left your position to relax and reflect.
Whilst you wrap up your current work, continue your routine as normal: make a to do list, take some time to relax in the evenings and so on. Adding structure to your day is key for your mental health and will keep you motivated.
If you are currently facing redundancy and need support finding your next role, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on email@example.com and one of our consultants will be delighted to help you navigate this challenging time.
For employers, if your organisation is considering announcing redundancies, we have an exciting product launching very soon, ‘Outplacement in a box’ which will provide fantastic support for your employees. Contact us for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for our next blog article on mental resilience and maintaining your confidence post-redundancy and once you have restarted your job search.