Redundancy Advice: Are you facing Redundancy?

Original post date: January 12, 2024
Chloe Scarano

Have you just been made redundant? Or fear you might be at risk of redundancy? We’re here to help! This blog is packed with tips and advice on what to do for your next steps. Read on to find out 5 things you can do to help your job search.

*Tip – You can even download a checklist to takeaway with you! Keep referring to it and check off things as you complete them.

You’re probably feeling disheartened and really disappointed with the news you’ve received. But those first 24 hours are crucial! There’s a lot you can do. And you never know, you might even have a job offer by this time next week.

So, we’ve said there’s a lot to do, but what exactly should you be doing?

In the first 24 hours after being dealt the redundancy card, you can…

  • Change LinkedIn profile to ‘Open To Work’
  • Update CV – create a free account on Canva and search ‘CV template’, there are thousands! (Just avoid using one with a photo)
  • Set up application tracking – chase up 24 hours after submission (we recommend Notion)

How do I know my CV is ready?

First things first, you need a well-formatted CV. An easy-to-read CV with clear sections means the employer can see straight away what you’d bring to the position.

The next priority should be making sure it includes achievements, wins and growth. When you look at your CV, can you initially see all of these?

Us recruiters, look at CVs and want to know the value you can provide, instantly. Especially in a Sales or Marketing role, where numbers are everything.

And it isn’t just your wins, we need more details. Add some substance to back your claims, provide evidence via; products sold, routes to market and ROI’s.

*Tip – AI tools are taking off, but CVs need to be a reflection of you as a person. What motivates you to succeed? Showcase it!

Before you submit your CV, make sure you can confidently say you’ve done all the above. 👆

Ready for an Interview?

Now that you’ve got your CV in top shape, it shouldn’t be long until you receive an interview. Or maybe you already have one coming up! Either way, getting ahead of the game and knowing what you need to prepare beforehand is important.

We’ve split the interview sections into 3. Prep, dress code, questions.

Preparation and Research

Make sure you have all supporting documentation, interview confirmation, job spec etc. Use these to give you a starting point.

Things you need to look over…

✅ Company website

✅ Social media accounts

✅ Google the company (see if you can find any events or news – what do they get involved in?)

✅ Mission statement and values

Put the job spec and your CV side by side and spend time looking at what is important to the company and the job role and pick out examples of where you fit the company’s requirements. Use the STAR technique. Ingrain it in your brain and should come naturally the next time you’re asked something.

Look at Competitors

Having prior knowledge of these means you won’t feel thrown into the deep end when it comes to the interview. You can prepare some answers, showing you know the company and want to work with them for a multitude of reasons.

Dress Code and What To Bring

Believe it or not, as recruiters with almost 2 decades of experience, we have heard some stories about interview attire. Want our advice?

If you’re attending an interview for a Sales or Marketing role – always wear full business dress

Attending an interview as an engineer? – check out our interview guide

Before heading to an interview, double-check you’ve got everything you need (any notes and printouts). And take a notebook with a couple of pens – just in case!

*Tip – Remember, it’s better to be overprepared than underprepared!

Questions to ask your Interviewer

About the role:

  • How would I be targeted?
  • What is the main object of this role?
  • How is success measured in the role?
  • What does a typical day/week look like?
  • What are the quick wins and longer-term goals?
  • How does the team/company celebrate success?
  • How do you think my experience/contacts would transfer into the role?
  • Who is the most successful in the team and what makes them successful?

About the company:

  • Why has this role come up?
  • Talk me through the current team
  • What made you decide to join the company?
  • What are the company’s plans for growth?
  • How has the company overcome challenges recently?

To close:

  • What are the next steps after today?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?
  • Are there any concerns you have about my ability to undertake this role?

*Tip – Close the interview with… “I am very interested in this role and would 100% accept”.

Create your LinkedIn Brand

A LinkedIn profile can work wonders for your employability. The positives are endless, from building up your network, to increasing visibility of your profile, and even attracting potential employers. A huge number of people are hired via LinkedIn, currently someone is hired every 6 minutes on LinkedIn.

Follow these steps to build up your LinkedIn brand, increase your job prospects and move away from the redundancy shadow.

  • Add your contact details
  • Reply to all comments on your posts
  • Upload a recent professional picture
  • Engage with relevant posts in your sector
  • Connect with relevant people in your sector
  • Add extra detail to your job history – almost like a CV
  • Talk positively about your job search and you’re your skillset
  • Repost and share information about other people looking for work

That’s everything! Hopefully, you’re feeling a bit more positive about your job prospects. Now what are you waiting for? Start working your way through the steps and getting yourself back on the jobsearching horse.

Feel free to download the redundancy checklist below.

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