What are the problems?
You have been made redundant! This has come as a major shock, even if it was expected. You will be feeling unwanted and uncertain of what to do next. You will be starting to think about the future, how to pay the morgage and other living expenses and about now panic starts to set in. This is not a pleasant experience and the only thing on your mind is how to find another job.
What can I do?
There are a number of things you can do to get the job search under way but first you will need to stop and think. Have you found the job you were doing satisfying? Might this be the right opportunity to consider other career moves? You might want to explore this with friends and family to see what ideas you come up with.
Before setting off on the job search there are a few administrative things to do which are very important. Registering with the Job Centre will ensure that you have access to benefits, possible training etc.
Once you are sure what you want to do, the job search begins. The secret of success here is in building a network of employers who may have jobs available or who may know employers who have jobs. Keep in touch with anyone who may be able to give you a reference or a personal recommendation. This includes your previous employers It is surprising how quickly the network can grow.
You may not have been in this position before so the prospect of writing a CV and going for interviews can be daunting. There is help in the form of training courses to prepare you for the job search. In many cases, they are provided free of charge.
Once you are prepared, you will have the confidence to apply for jobs and meet with prospective employers. Apply for as many jobs as possible - having more than one job offer is a good position to be in.
Surprisingly, many people have found that redundancy has triggered a change of career and look back on what seemed to be an impossible situation as a real opportunity.
Below you will find a check list of things to do and some links to resources which you may find helpful
Make sure your redundancy is legal