Rozie Hunter
Rozie Hunter
Associate Director: Private Practice

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I’m facing redundancy, what do I do?

The words no one wants to hear, but sadly, it does happen.

First of all, try not to panic. Usually, redundancy is a formal process that needs to go through a number of stages. This can take a few weeks, so you have some time to take stock, speak with family and friends and make a plan.

If you’re facing redundancy, follow this guide:

Don't panic

  • Go home. Take stock. Don’t make any rash decisions
  • Easier said than done, but try not to fly off the handle
  • Perhaps seek some external advice, and be aware of your rights

Speak to your line manager/supervisor/managing partner

  • Gather as much information as you can. This helps when you’re talking to potential employers when you’re going through the redundancy process
  • Undoubtedly, you’ll have a number of more formal meetings over the coming days and weeks. These should provide you with the full details of your future options

Be prepared

  • Write a list of questions to put forward in your redundancy meetings (see below). This will keep things structured and help you to avoid missing anything important
  • Chances are you aren’t the only one in this situation – speak to other friends or colleagues who have been or are in the same situation as you

Re-draft your CV

Explore the market

You may have some contacts of your own but speak to a recruiter first. They will have a strong handle on the market you’re working in; as well as contacts in the areas that you may be looking in. Recruiters will have worked through redundancy situations before so they know the best way to approach potential employers, especially if you haven’t been in your current post for very long.

My colleagues are being made redundant but I'm 'safe', what do I do?

Speak to your line manager or supervisor to find out more about your situation. If afterwards, you’re still feeling uneasy and unsettled, ask a recruiter for advice.

Redundancy is a horrible situation for those who find themselves in it (aside from those seeking an alternative way out). But all is not lost. If you’re in this situation or you’re worried that you might be in the future, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to advise you.

All conversations take place in strict confidence.

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