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Staying Positive After Being Made Redundant

Updated on June 7, 2010

If you recently been made redundant, it can have an extremely detrimental effect on your state of mind. Even if your redundancy happened as a result of the economic climate, it can leave you feeling worthless. Staying positive can be challenging, but there are several strategies that you can adopt to pick yourself up and get back into the workplace.

Understand That Redundancy Isn't Your Fault

Redundancy is usually the result of factors that are outside of your control. Because of this, it is important not to take your redundancy too personally, as it is unlikely that you could have done anything to prevent it. This can be a lot harder than it sounds as being made redundant will obviously have a huge effect on your personal circumstances, and this can make it difficult to stay positive. 

Evaluate Your Skills

If your redundancy stemmed from the fact that your skills are no longer in demand, it is a good time to reassess whether you should refresh them. You may be able to update your existing skills through training courses or evening classes to make you more desirable to new employers. If you have been unhappy or frustrated in your job before you were made redundant, you may want to take the opportunity to gain new skills that can take you into a completely different area. To help you do this, you can enlist the services of a professional who specialises in advising on career changes. While this probably will not come cheap, it can be extremely beneficial if you choose to make this step. 

Brush Up Your Job Hunting Skills

As redundancy forces you to get back into job hunting, it is a good idea to perfect your job applications. If your redundancy occurred because of economic conditions, it is likely that there will be countless other job hunters applying for the same vacancies. To see off this level of competition, you need to ensure that your job applications are better than your competitors, as employers will have plenty of candidates to choose from. 

Firstly, you need to make sure that your resume is a good reflection of the skills that you have learnt in previous jobs. Most employers will only skim this before moving onto your cover letter, so it pays to spend time perfecting your cover letters. Many job candidates send "boilerplate" cover letters in which they only change minor details (such as names) in a half-hearted attempt to make the cover letter appear personal. This is rarely the best approach as employers are likely to quickly toss your cover letter onto the reject pile in favour of a candidate who has taken the time to demonstrate how his or her skills make them perfectly suited to the job in question. When writing your cover letter, ensure that you are drawing attention to the ways in which your skills and experience match up with the job profile. 

Staying positive after being made redundant can be difficult, and you have to make a considerable mental effort to do so. As redundancy will have a massive impact on your financial situation and general lifestyle, it is important to understand how best to pick yourself and move on from the disappointment so that you can find another job to replace it.


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very well written, thoughtful hub. It must awfuland very hard to cope with.