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Finding a job after redundancy

by Sellick Partnership | 19 April 2017

My colleague and I recently visited an organisation who were experiencing significant change and restructuring their business. As a result of this restructure they were making a substantial number of employees redundant. We went to register those individuals to see if we could be of any assistance in their job search. 

Some of the people we spoke to had been at the organisation for over ten years, so prospect of being out of work and finding another role was a daunting one. The recruitment landscape is constantly evolving, and a lot can change over a period of ten years, from writing a CV, interview styles to the types of candidates organisations are seeking, to name just a few.

So what are your next steps if you are searching for a new role after being made redundant? 

Stay positive 
Being made redundant is never an easy experience, however we always advise candidates to look at it as an opportunity. Take time to consider what avenues you could take and what your next role could look like.  

Write your CV 
Your CV will be the first thing employers and recruiters look at so it is important you get it right. You can read my previous blog on how to write a great CV here.

Recruitment agencies
The majority of recruiters are there to help you find your next opportunity so don’t believe the horror stories you may have heard. With more and more organisations choosing to work with recruiters you are more than likely to come across one or two in your job search. Always keep an open mind and ask your connections for recommendations of good recruiters to get in touch with.

So why should you partner with a recruitment agency? 

1. Each agency will have strong relationships with different organisations, meaning they are able to talk to you about opportunities that are not even advertised and they can speak to contacts and organisations on your behalf

2. Recruiters can also offer CV and interview advice. With every candidate we register we offer to assistance with interview preparation even if they are not interviewing through us. If you are struggling to write a CV we even have tips and templates which can help you get started. To find out more feel free to contact me.

Do not jump in too quick 
Make sure you don’t just accept the first job you get offered. This is often a common mistake for people who have been made redundant as they fear being out of work. Treat your redundancy as an opportunity to get a role you are passionate about. This mostly applies for permanent roles as there is more flexibility with contract positions, nevertheless, when interviewing we always say it is a two way street. The client needs to make you like them just as much as you need to make the client like you.

Keep an open
Consider temporary or contract work; whilst it may not be the right fit for everyone, contracting gives you the flexibility to try different things allowing you to broaden your skillset, and in some instances, even progress to a permanent role. Some candidates prefer to try a couple of contracts after being made redundant so they can get a feel for what they actually want. You may want to change industry or want to work for a company of a different size. When you are in one company for too long, you can become too accustom to their culture and processes so it can be difficult to know what you are looking for in your next role. My advice would be to take your time, and possibly try a number of temporary roles to get your bearings.

Say yes to interviews 
For many people who have been in roles for long periods that usually means they have limited interview practice. If you are offered an interview for a role we always say go along to explore the opportunity. You are not obligated to accept the role if you are offered but they are great practice when you do finally get an interview for a role you are really passionate about

Have you or your team recently been made redundant? Get in touch with one of our dedicated consultants on 0161 834 1642 to find out more about how we can help you with your job search. Alternatively, browse through our latest roles.