How To Deal With Redundancy In A Positive Way

Redundancy can be a gut wrenching experience. If you have ever been in the unfortunate situation of being made redundant, you will know that redundancy conjures up so many negative emotions…

Fear, uncertainty, sadness, anger, hopelessness, and even panic.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of not being able to find a new job. Fear of being left on the employment scrapheap.

Uncertainty about the future. Uncertainty about what to do next. Uncertainty for your family and loved ones.

Sadness about leaving the job you have had for 15 years. Sadness that you won’t get to see your friends and colleagues every day. Sadness at the realisation that all good things must come to an end.

You feel angry too. Angry that you didn’t see it coming. Angry that you may have been lied to by your employers. Angry that you were powerless to stop this from happening.

Then hopelessness sets in. ‘Why has redundancy happened to me?!’ You feel hopeless that you are never going to find another job. After all you haven’t sat an interview since 1998! Click here for help with interview questions and preparation.

Then you start to panic. Perhaps not on the outside (after all you are trying to show a brave face for your family), but inside you are panicking. There are so many what if’s flying around your brain that your head is spinning. Panic leads back to fear and there you are caught in a never ending downward spiral in your mind. Redundancy leads to a negative downward spiral of emotions. You can focus on all the things you don’t have.

One thing you do have, however, is a choice. You can choose to fight back!


And, if you choose to fight back, this seemingly endless wave of negative thoughts and emotions needn’t last forever.

Redundancy doesn’t have to be this awful thing that happens to you. The thing that casts you aside onto a lonely road that leads to some dark and horrible place. It can also be the start of something amazing. A new beginning. A fresh start.

It can be the chance for you to learn new skills, and meet new people. It can be the opportunity for you to land an even better job, retrain into a new industry and actually improve your situation for  you and your family.

What’s that I hear you say? ’That’s easy for you to say!’….. Well, it is actually! It is easy for me to say because I know the truth of the matter. I know that the secret to turning redundancy into a positive lies in your perception of the situation. It also lies in your willingness to step outside your comfort zone as a job seeker and do whatever is necessary in your job search strategy to get you back into long term employment.

Often, the most daunting part about being back in the job market unexpectedly is where to start. My advice is to start at the start! Seek out some professional advice around pulling together a CV (or updating an old one).  Also, sit down with someone who will help you put a job search strategy together. Interviews can be daunting if you are out of practice, however, that really is all that is required – practice!

Finding a new job is, in it’s simplest form, a process. It is a step by step process that every job seeker has to go through, regardless of the type of job you are applying for. If you practice really hard at that process, you will inevitably become very good at it and you will see looking back that it is nothing to be afraid of. If you be break each part of the process down into small, manageable chunks, you will begin to see results.

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Before you know it, you have a new job. This one comes with a higher salary and a better work/life balance. You have a nicer boss. It is also much closer to home so you spent less time travelling which means you get to spend more time with your family. Did I mention that you’ve also met a whole new bunch of people that you really get on with? Plus you still keep in touch with all your friends from the old place too, in fact you are meeting them all next week for a some drinks!

You never know, redundancy might be the best thing that has ever happened to you!

What has your experience of redundancy been? Please leave me a comment below…

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Chris Morrow

Digital Recruiter | Vlogger at ChrisMorrow.Careers
Chris Morrow is a Digital Recruiter & Vlogger. He posts videos to YouTube & Facebook in a weekly vlog called "My Journey" which documents his journey through his recruitment career. Find out more about him here: