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In today’s competitive and constantly changing workplace, more and more people in all sectors and industries are faced with redundancy sometime during their working life.

Obviously being made redundant can have a big impact on your life in lots of ways. As well as the financial effects, if you have worked somewhere for a long time coping with such a big change may be difficult. Redundancy can affect your confidence or make you stressed.

But although everybody hopes they will never be made redundant, you will get through it and some people have even found that redundancy gives them a chance to change careers or try something new.

Here are some Top Tips for coping after being made redundant:

  • Don’t take the redundancy personally. It is your role that was made redundant rather than you.
  • Get everything concerning your redundancy in writing from your employer.
  • Ask your employer if they will offer you help in finding a new job such as office facilities to write CV’s or careers advice.
  • Make sure you collect your P45 as your next employer will need it.
  • Get advice from your trade union representative, Citizen’s Advice Bureau or a solicitor on exactly what you’re entitled to from your employer.
  • Update your CV so that you are in the best position to start job hunting straight away.
  • If you think you may need to update your skills to help you get a new job, contact your local college for details of courses that may be suitable for you.
  • Look at the sector1.net Returning to Work link for your local area to see suitable back to work schemes near you.

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