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BLOG: Coping With Redundancy

Redundancy is always a shock, even if you’ve been expecting it, so give yourself time to adjust and try not to make any major decisions for a while.

You may also go through other stages associated with grief and loss which can include anger. It’s normal to feel angry, don’t feel guilty about it but use the energy to move forward. It’s also natural to feel depressed, you’ll be worried about money and about finding something else.

Stay positive by tackling your practical problems and getting support from family and friends, don’t be afraid to find counselling if you feel you need more help. It will take time, but eventually you will start to accept what’s happened. You will start to see the positives and be ready to rebuild your career, but you may need to start thinking differently and looking at alternatives.

When you suddenly stop having the structure of a job and support of your colleagues, it’s vital to stay motivated. You’ll need to find your own structure as well as goals and targets to work towards. Try and keep to a routine, continue to get up and go to bed at regular times and see looking for work as a job. Set yourself goals to work towards but make sure your goals are realistic and be prepared for setbacks. Every day, make a to-do list.  Do the most difficult things in the morning, when you’re fresh and to get them over with.  This may be things like updating your CV or completing application forms.

Keep track of applications, phone calls, letters and emails with dates, closing dates, names and address and responses received. Applications you make won’t always be acknowledged and you may have to make quite a few before you get an interview, but you’ll get better at doing them. Keep copies of everything so you don’t have to start from scratch every time.

A lot of job searches and applications are done over the internet so look into IT courses if you need help with this, they are often free. Also ask at the Job Centre if there is a Job Club near you where you can use the internet and get support. 

Build small, regular rewards into your day, maybe a walk, a cup of coffee, a phone call to a friend, 15 minutes with a crossword or listening to music. Do something active every day and consider relaxation techniques like yoga, Pilates or meditation. Think about doing voluntary work to improve your skills, meet people and try new things.

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