What to do if you’re made redundant


Whether you’re currently facing redundancy or have been made redundant, it’s likely that you’ve thought about what might happen next. In this article, we are looking at what steps you should take after you’ve been made redundant to find your dream job.

What is redundancy?

Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer needed. It mainly happens when companies are having to save costs, going into administration or the business has been bought by another organisation.

What to do next?

Being made redundant can knock you sideways and it’s natural to need a period of readjustment. Redundancy can be an emotional time and there’s a lot to think about, but one thing we can do is help you take the relevant steps to find your next job that will exceed your expectations.

Your CV

If you’ve been in work a while or not even thought about looking for a new job, your CV could need updating. It’s important that your CV captures the highlights of your career, education and accomplishments.  

Contact details

You’ve spent all your time making your CV perfect for a job you’re applying for but your phone number or email is incorrect so hiring managers and recruiters can’t contact you. Check all your details before submitting your CV.  

To keep all your job emails in one place, create a professional email which includes your full name. Find out more about setting up a new email here – https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en

Work history

Your CV is undoubtedly the most powerful tool in your job search but it’s the employment history section that generates the most interest for an employer.

Start your work history in chronological order of the most recent place of work. You need to include the company, your job title and dates of employment. Then list your key responsibilities or skills needed in that position. For example:

Marketing Assistant, Digital Agency – September 2018 – May 2019

Responsibilities: Social media management, reporting, digital campaign management, link building, PR and event management.

You should tailor these sections to each application to ensure that all the skills that you have that the new employer is seeking are covered.


The education section of your CV provides recruiters and employers with an understanding of your qualifications and knowledge. However, it can be difficult to know how much detail you need to go into for each level of education.

Start with your highest level of education in this section.  If you have a degree include your degree title, qualification name, grade and where you studied. Followed by your college qualifications then your GCSEs which can be generalised.

University of Huddersfield, 2014-2018
First class BA Honours Business Studies

Sheffield College, A-Levels, 2012-2014
Business Studies: B
Media Studies: B
English: A*

Sheffield High 2007-2012
Five GCSEs A* - C including English and Maths

Professional Qualification

Professional qualification also needs to be added to your education section. Qualifications that are additional to­ mainstream education will make you stand out to hiring managers, especially if you’ve completed them in your own time and they are self-funded. Add these qualifications in line with your education.    

We often see that applicants only utilise one side of their CV. You can use the column tool in word to split information over both sides of the page which will save you room for additional information.


An accomplishment can be an example of how you contributed to your employer or an achievement that reflects the kind of employee you are. The most impressive accomplishments are measurable.

The accomplishment should focus on where you’ve gone beyond your job role; it could be where you have implemented a new software that has improved efficiency or created a new process that saved the business money. Achievements are not part of your job description or your everyday tasks.

Write down any accomplishment, achievement or contribution that you can think of, even if it doesn’t seem significant. Do this for each position you have listed on your CV.

Now you’ve done this; you can turn the rough notes into high-impact statements.

Here are some examples:

Dramatically improved office efficiency by 50% within two years of changing processes.

Implemented new technologies which improved customer satisfaction by 20%.

Reduced staff turnover by 10% by introducing new social events and CSR.

Learn a new skill

If you’re new to the job market you might not have had the time to update your knowledge and skills that are appropriate to your job. Learning or updating your skills is a great way to spend your time while your job searching, and it’ll make you stand out to hiring managers.

Our favourite websites to top-up your skills are:

  • lynda.com a platform that offers tutorials to help you learn about business, software, technology and creative skills.
  • Google Digital Garage has a wide range of free digital training.
  • Udemy has a variety of courses from development to marketing to business.
  • Microsoft Training has a range of courses from Excel to Computing 


Register your CV with recruiters

We are always happy to help you find your next role, offer career advice and support you throughout the process.

Our consultants will listen to your career goals, experience and even your concerns with finding a new position.

We will coach you through each interview and give you feedback on each stage of your search process.

Turn redundancy into a positive opportunity to find your next dream job.

Register your CV with us here - https://www.elevationrecruitmentgroup.com/candidates/submit-cv






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