You've been made redundant? What next?

13 February 2020

By Lisa Veale

You've been made redundant? What next?

​If you’ve been made redundant and aren’t quite sure where to start looking for a new job, read on.

For some, being made redundant is a good thing and is welcomed but for many it’s an uncertain time. If you’re the latter here’s some guidance on how you can dust yourself off and secure your dream job!

Be kind to yourself

It’s your job that’s no longer needed, not you.

While some people get an inkling that it’s on the cards, for others being made redundant comes like a bolt out of the blue.

Give yourself time to let it sink in. As disappointed, angry even and downright scared you might feel, being able to work through those emotions will let you approach the next steps with a clearer head.

Reinvent yourself?

Redundancy is a great time to consider your future and could be the perfect time to make some changes – whether looking into a qualification you’ve always been interested in taking, considering a change of direction in terms of your job. This could be a great opportunity to make some changes.

Get your job seeking house in order

It might have been some time since you’ve dusted off your CV so review and update it and trends in CV writing may have changed since you last wrote yours. There are lots of templates available for you to use online. As well as your employment history – include anything that you’ve done or achieved outside of work too. It’s amazing what people get up to that they fail to mention that can really support their search for work. Be clear what your notice period too.

Post your CV on job boards – this is where recruiters and employers can find you with a view to talking about any jobs they have.

Know your rights

As well as any financial obligations your employer has, get to grips with the other rights you have. You’re entitled to reasonable time off for your search for work to attend interviews, or to pursue any training you want to do to support that for example.

Where next?

Have a really good think about the type of job and company you’d like to work for. Equally, identify any deal breakers – the salary or location for example. Brush up on your interview and practise answers to standard questions particularly how you’re going to talk in positive terms about your most recent role/redundancy.

LinkedIn/social media

Many companies and recruitment agencies search LinkedIn to find potential candidates.

If you don’t have a profile already – create one. If it’s not up to date, give it a refresh. LinkedIn have a guide that will help you make sure your profile is as good as it can be.

You can also use LinkedIn to let recruiters know that you’re open to opportunities. You can change your status under the Privacy settings/Job Seeking Preferences so you’ll appear in searches that match your career interests.

(Whilst we’re on the subject of social media, tidy up your accounts so that you’d happy for any of your posts to be read by a future employer or make your accounts private!).

Get connecting

Now your LinkedIn profile’s spot on – get connecting! Company pages can be a great place to start as are current and former colleagues. Any endorsements that you can get will also help you to stand out from the crowd.

Jump on any other opportunities you spot for networking. Eventbrite’s a good place to start.

Call on the experts!

Get in touch with a recruitment agency. It’s free to use and they’ll have jobs that you wouldn’t find other wise. They’re the experts when it comes to a tailored/proactive search and will be on hand to offer support before any interviews – from information about the process itself or advice on what wear for example. They’ll also be able to give you feedback on your CV and comments from prospective employers until you’ve secured your dream job!


Easier said than done sometimes however having a positive attitude towards your search will shine through and certainly will help if you’re able to put a positive spin on your redundancy experience when talking to prospective employers, or allowing that positivity to radiate through your CV and communication.

It will work out and the Sarah West Recruitment team are good evidence of this! Our Sarah was made redundant in 2005 which is how she ended up setting up her own agency and has never looked back, it was one of the best things that ever happened to her despite being terrifying at the time. Lisa was made redundant in 2014 which is how she ended up joining Sarah West Recruitment and Adam ended up pursuing an ambition to change careers to be a personal trainer after being offered redundancy in 2012.

Give us a shout if you’re in this position and we’d be happy to see how we can help you start your search for work journey! As a starter, take a look at the jobs we’re working on in and around the Exeter area.

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