Whether you have been in your job for one year or twenty-five years, it’s still a horrible shock to discover that you have been made redundant; that you’re no longer needed at your place of work, and that you will have no income coming in.
Redundancy and Depression
There are strong links between unemployment or redundancy and depression. If there is a history of depression in your family, then you’re even more at risk after losing your job. Whilst it’s normal to feel down in the weeks and months after being made redundant, if you find you are isolating yourself from others, losing weight for no reason or having difficulty sleeping over a period of 6 weeks or more, you should see your GP, as you may be suffering from depression.
Lack of Confidence
Whether you feel depressed that you’ve lost your job, or secretly relieved that your two hour commute is over for the time being, you’re sure to feel like you have lost confidence along with your job. Being told that you’re no longer needed is a blow to the ego that can take months to recover from fully. You sit at home, looking dolefully at your CV and wondering what skills you possibly have that could be attractive to any employer! The good news is that this is temporary; you do have skills and experience that are relevant and valid in the workplace – your last job was proof of that. All you need is to regain some of your self-belief and feel more confident, then get out there and get back into work!
The dreaded job centre, with its seemingly never-ending lines of benefit claimants, is a daunting place for all but the most hardened jobseeker to visit. But believe it or not, they can help you! Not only are the staff at the job centre there to help get you back into work, but they can also provide information and advice on courses which can help you to identify your skills and look for the type of work which is appropriate for you. When you visit, you’ll normally be assigned an advisor who will be your point of contact for any questions regarding courses, job vacancies and the job searching process.
Ask Friends and Family
As well as the more obvious routes to job hunting, such as browsing the local paper and job websites, and looking in shop windows for vacancies, utilise your contacts! Speak to friends and family who know about your recent redundancy and see if they have heard of any vacancies that might be suitable for you. Often, applying for a job where you already know a member of staff can help you to get your foot in the door and gain the position you want! Aim to complete a certain number of job applications every day; treat the job searching process as a job in itself and set aside a few hours each morning to meet your target number of applications; even if the jobs don’t seem ideal or perfect on paper.
Manage Your Money
When you lose your job, money worries can really stress you out! Get a grip on your finances and work out how much money you have; look at savings accounts, your current account, and your partner’s income, if you live together or are married. Work out a budget for your out-goings and consider seeking debt management advice from one of the many organisations that have been set up to offer free help and debt management advice to those struggling with their debts. You may be able to take out a consolidation loan or reduce your monthly payments by entering into a debt management plan with the organisation, who will then deal with your creditors for you!
Losing your job doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Use the time off to reassess your skills and experience, talk to friends and family for advice on vacancies they may have heard about and attend free courses at your local job centre on everything from job hunting to regaining your self-confidence!