Dealing With Redundancy

What to do when facing redundancy.

Being made redundant is something we hope will never happen. Unfortunately most of us will experience it at some time in our working lives.  It’s a time of change and what a big part of your life has now been taken away. It can be worrying if you’re not sure what to do next or have financial concerns.

Try not to take it personally—the job was made redundant not you! SPEAK WITH YOU HUMAN RESORCES 


Focus an move forward rather than looking back.

What do I need to think about?

Before you leave your employer:

  • Pick up your P45.
  • Get written details of your redundancy payment and package.

Make a note of the contact details of:

  • Your line manager.
  • Trade union representative.
  • Human resources department.
  • Pension fund trustees.

How can I find out what I’m entitled to?

Redundancy issues are complex so you should seek professional help. A professional advisor can explain your rights and look at your financial options. You can also get advice from Employee Support with emotional issues.

You can get advice on redundancy from:

  • Your trade union.
  • Professional bodies.
  • Your local citizens advice bureau.
  • Independent financial advisors.
  • Employee law experts.

What am I going to do next?

Don’t make any rushed decisions—a quick fix might not be the best way forward. Weigh up all your options carefully—this way you’ll make the best and most informed decision.

Even if you don’t get a job straight away, use your time constructively. If you’re not working you could do voluntary work to get experience in new line of work.  You could also do a course to learn new skills, and if you’re not working you can get the fees reduced. Training courses are run at collages and universities, private course providers, advice centres, and adult education centres.


You might be able to get cash help from the government or local authority (benefits). For example , you may get job seekers allowance, income based and others, your local job centre will have all the information you need plus others may include, housing benefit, council tax benefit, free school meals for your children and help with HNS costs. The benefits depend on your circumstances. You should claim benefits as soon as possible as you can make a claim on your fist day of unemployment. So pop into your local job centre plus or give them a call. If you get redundancy pay when you are made redundant, this may affect your right to claim benefits. This should not affect your partners benefits.

If you get (WTC) and you job ends because of redundancy, you will no longer be entitled to Working tax credit, but some people can carry on getting it for 4 more weeks after their job ends, but you may be entitled to more (CTC) child tax credit. You should inform the HM Revenue & Customs about the changes in circumstances.

Your state retirement pension and occupational pension won’t be affected by your redundancy. You’ll still get your pension when you reach retirement age or when your employment contract says you will.

How can I find what jobs are out there?

You can find this out by keeping in touch with the local press, reading trade magazines and checking the web-sites of local agencies.

  • Look in papers for vacancies.
  • Use internet.
  • Register with employment agencies.
  • Send your C.V. Out on spec.
  • Cold call ask about vacancies.
  • Check the vacancies in the jobcentre.

Up dating your C.V.

Your C.V tells employers about your kills and experience, so make sure it’s up-to date. Emphasise your abilities, responsibilities and achievements and make it relevant to each job you apply for. If it’s too long or not relevant to the job an employer may overlook it. It doesn’t need to be a life history; it’s designed to show you can do the job you’re applying for. See templates on website


Don’t just target one job or organisation. Apply for as many relevant jobs as you can. But don’t apply for jobs you’re not suited for. It’s better to spend time applying for the job you’ve got a better chance of getting.

C.V. Advice what to include?

Your personal profile

Your personal profile should summarise your:

  • Skills and qualities.
  • Work background and achievements.
  • Career aims.

It should only be a few lines and must grab the readers attention. For example, if the job involves working with people, you would say you’re a good team-worker and an effective communicator. Be brief-you can highlight examples of your skills in later sections.

Employment history and work experience.

If you’ve been working for a while, you can put your employment history first; if you’re younger and don’t have much work experience, you might like to highlight your education and training.

In this section you should start with your present or most recent job and work backwards. You should include employer, the dates you worked for them, job title and your main duties. Provide more details on the relevant job’s you’ve had and give examples of the skills you used and what you achieved. Use bullet pointed list.

Try to relate your skills and experience to the job description or what you think the employer is looking for, if you’re sending a C.V. On spec. Also include any relevant temporary work and volunteering experience.

Avoid unexplained gaps in you’re employment history. If you had time out for travelling, job seeking, volunteering or caring for an elderly or sick relative – be honest.

Education and training.

Start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards to the ones you got a school. Using bullet points or include a table.

  • The university, college or school you went to.
  • The dates the qualifications were awarded and any grades.
  • Any work-related courses, if they’re relevant.

Interests and achievements..

You can include hobbies and achievements that are related to the job you’re applying for. Make them specific and interesting.

Additional information.

You can also include other relevant skills here such as if you have a driving licence or can speak any foreign languages.


A least one reference should be work– related; or if you haven’t worked for a while, some other responsible person who has known you for quite a while. You can list the contact details of your referees on your C.V. Or just put ‘references available on request’


You may need advice about debts you have and how to budget to avoid future debt. If you have  bought something on credit. Check whether you’ve got a payment protection insurance policy that will pay off the credit when you’ve been made redundant.

If you have a mortgage, you may get help to pay off part of your mortgage. You may be able to get help through a private or public sector mortgage rescue scheme on;


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