Redundancy & Beyond
Updated: Sep 27, 2020
If you had told me at the beginning of the month that I wouldn’t have a job to return to by the end of it I may have thought you were pulling my leg; of course I had given the possibility a brief thought but I was sure I’d pull through. Sadly the odds were not in my favour, and what had previously been a mere conceptual idea soon became a bleak reality. I have now joined the 2.8 million other Brits who have experienced the same unlucky outcome as a direct result of Covid-19.
The word redundancy in itself is particularly disparaging, as are the connotations which surround it; you have to keep reminding yourself that it’s not a reflection on your ability, it’s just a sign of the unfortunate times. This devastating ripple effect caused by the virus has irrefutably altered humanity probably forever, and has left irreparable damage in its wake. In some way it has undoubtedly had an effect on your family, friends, livelihood and most likely your own mental and physical health. We are slowly creeping back to some sort of revised reality though, the ‘new norm’, as the world starts to heal and people fumble blindly about in an attempt to return to their old lives amidst complex new rules and regulations. This unchartered territory could potentially be a blessing and a curse for those on the job hunt, and I’m currently trying to figure out how it is for someone in my field.
Having studied Journalism at university but deciding to transfer my skillset instead into the marketing world I now have three and a half years’ experience under my belt, and no job to currently show for it. The thing about redundancy is you now have time; of course time in my previous furloughed position was a friend, knowing I had the safety net of my job to return to, but now time is all I have it is feeling more like a foe. The pressure is now on as I realise my final pay check won’t last forever so I've updated my CV, spruced up my LinkedIn and wearily jumped back in the saddle. Having not worked since April this took marginally longer than it should have done, as I taught myself how to read and write again.
At my previous job I gained invaluable experience in my fairly brief but beneficial time there, and although I am extremely sad to be leaving my amazing little team, I know they have my back and will support me in my next move. It’s a big, scary world out there for a humble Marketing Executive, but during my furlough and starting this blog, I have rediscovered my love of writing which I plan on carrying with me onto my next career move. If anyone’s looking for a Marketing Exec specialising in content, copywriting and social media I’m your gal (soz for the shameless plug but I am unemployed after all).
Those of you who are in the same boat as me, chin up, it will work itself out. Here are 10 things to note if you’ve recently joined the redundancy club:
1. It’s not your fault. No really, it’s not your fault (Good Will Hunting reference intended). Hold your head high in knowing it is no reflection on your ability it is just very unfortunate subsequence of the shitshow that is 2020.
2. It’s not the end of the world. Once the shock of the news has settled in, find your footing, jump back in the saddle and know you’ll be okay.
3. Utilise the support of friends and family. Talking through your options with a loved one does the power of good, trust me.
4. Look at it as a new beginning; it’s the chance to be more selective and find something you thoroughly enjoy, you may even find your fabled ‘forever job’.
5. Make sure your LinkedIn profile achieves ‘All-Star’ level; ensure all sections are filled to the brim including experience, skill endorsements and recommendations. It is the platform I have used to apply for all the jobs I have gotten and an air-tight, professional profile is the absolute key. It’s a hotbed for recruiters so be sure to really sell yourself.
6. Your CV should be clean, structured, to the point and all on one page. I suggest using design platforms such as Canva to make truly it stand out. Have a professional of some sort read over it too before you send it out.
8. Be patient. People are busy and your potential new job role probably isn’t at the forefront of all employers mind, what with the world in its current state. Follow up if you haven’t heard anything within a week, but remember, it is a slow, tedious process that takes time.
9. Remain proactive. Now’s not the time to be idle; be sure to keep in regular contact with your recruiter so that they keep you in the loop, and religiously check job sites as new opportunities arise everyday.
10. Tap into your contacts; after all it isn’t necessarily what you know, it’s who you know, so if you have currently-employed friends or acquaintances in your field, now’s the time make the most of your resources and reach out to them.