12 tips to living after redundancy

Twenty years ago I was made redundant. It was the best thing to happen to my working life.

Email: glenda.shawley@thetrainingpack.co.uk

If you are facing redundancy here are some tips:

  1. Redundancy is an opportunity not just a threat. Use it to really think what you want to do next.
  2. Decide what you are good at, what you are passionate about, what you know, what skills you have and work out how you can use them to make your living.
  3. Have you spotted a solution to a common problem? Would this make a business?
  4. Think whether this is the time to do something you haven’t had the courage to do before. Remember this time you don’t have a job to lose!
  5. Avoid becoming a day time TV junky it is the road to ruin! Give your day some structure, make a plan and stick to it.
  6. Decide what help you need from other people either to look for a new job, to start a business or to do something different with your life.
  7. Make a list of all the people who might be able to help you either directly or indirectly. For example ask people in your network if they can make an introduction to someone who can help you launch the next stage of your life.
  8. Get on social media, Linked In, Twitter and Facebook and start making connections that could help. Remember to keep your persona positive, recruiters and buyers do Internet searches and you don’t want them to find lots of negative information about you.
  9. Do something constructive with your time, preferably involving other people. Give yourself a reason to get up at a reasonable time and to get dressed. Slobbing around the house in a dressing gown can become a habit and does nothing for the self confidence.
  10. Donate your skills and experience to someone who can use them e.g. school governing bodies, charity shops, befriending schemes, anything that will interest and stimulate you. Be warned though not everyone will be as open to your help as they should be so don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Always try to explain what’s in it for them and don’t major on what you will gain.
  11. Make a plan to do all those outstanding jobs in the house and garden and stick to the plan. Putting things off until tomorrow is a bad habit and one to be avoided.
  12. Allow your self sometime to ‘smell the roses’, to do the things you’ve never had time for but don’t allow your self to lose all sense of direction.

Here’s to your future. May it be a long and happy one.

If you have some tips to share why not post a comment here?


5 thoughts on “12 tips to living after redundancy

  1. I would whole heartedly endorse Glenda’s comments regarding making the most of redundancy. I think the process of being made redundant is a little like that of bereavement. Firstly the separation from regular and familiar work activities and work colleagues is hard, and you have to adjust to being at home and not having that regular contact with people. You can get sucked in to feeling sorry for yourself, and become the couch potato that Glenda described.
    You can also feel angry. The whole ‘why me?’ thing can be overwhelming, and whilst there is some evidence to suggest that women over the age of 50 are at risk from redundancy, many young people are facing similar prospects.
    After the anger comes acceptance of the situation – a coming to terms with what has happened and how to make the best of a bad situation. If your glass is always half full then see this as an opportunity and not a threat. List your skills, we all have have talents that can be turned into hobbies, or as in my case, new careers.
    Before being made redundant I never had the courage to leave work and start up my own cake making business even though I had always wanted to. Now, having been forced to reinvent myself, I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge and whilst it is a scary ride sometimes the benefits of being self-employed far outweigh the negatives. I am optimistic about the future and would never want to go back to my old job, or my old life.

    • Thanks Sarah. You are absolutely right redundancy can be scary but you and I are now both doing things we love that we wouldn’t have had the courage to do if we hadn’t been pushed. Your tip about writing a list of skills is a really important point, align this with a list of who can help to support you or open doors for you will help the newly redundant to start taking control of the future. Once you have some control and some action the future starts becoming less scary in my experience.

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