From now on, devote your time to your next career move. It's useful to distance yourself from your old job and depersonalise the decision or process leading up to redundancy. Instead, try to use this enforced change in a positive way by refocusing your career; you may find our section on career decisions helpful.
Sometimes, redundancy is a trigger to think about other possibilities. These may include re-training or even starting your own business. Sometimes the financial package from your previous employer can allow you to explore those options. Check our approved training database for online and in-person training courses to refresh your skills, or the UK government's Skills Toolkit offering free tools, resources and online learning to help improve numeracy and digital skills.
Try to avoid taking a pay cut just because you feel it gives you more options. Employers may be suspicious that you're applying for a stop-gap position until something better comes along. If you are applying for roles with a smaller salary, perhaps because you want to re-train, you should make it clear you recognise this in your application, and give the reasons you wish to make this change.
We've all got parts of our jobs we really enjoy and are good at; conversely, everyone has aspects of their job they probably enjoy less. Having an awareness of your preferences can help you to decide what you want to do next. Which aspects of your previous roles would you like to build on to develop your career further?
Below are just two realistic examples of alternative roles using this approach.
- You enjoyed aspects of your work such as supervising staff – have you considered a training role?
- You enjoyed liaising with potential customers or giving presentations on new products – have you considered a marketing role?
Use our job seeking page for advice on where to look for jobs, and to make sure that your search is methodical in its approach.
Once you find a job you want to apply for, the information on CV, applications and interviews should help improve your chances of success. When talking to prospective employers about your redundancy, avoid being critical of the company or particular individuals.