Coping with redundancy


How you can focus on the future to help you find a great job

If you have been made redundant, it is unlikely to have been your choice. It can be a shock when it happens and make you feel angry, guilty and depressed. You may even feel like a failure.  At this time, life can seem really unfair.

These are all real feelings and it is always important to allow yourself time to get used to the idea of being made redundant. Your job is likely to have been a big part of your life and you are now facing some changes ahead.

Although it all seems unfair, it is also really important to gain control of these feelings so that you can return to work as quickly as you want to.


  • Many people go through redundancy more than once – it’s tough but you are not alone.
  • Don’t take it personally. The job role has been made redundant, not you.
  • Redundancy can allow you to reassess your career and make new choices (remember many people change career direction 3 or 4 times).

Taking action

Now use your family and friends (and colleagues, if appropriate), to help you move forward. Get your finances in order, attend courses and use all available job search resources. Be patient and spend time tailoring each job application. When you tell prospective employers you were made redundant, remain positive and keep doing the best you can. Remember you are now in control.

For further help, please have a look at my factsheet, 10 tips on what to do if you are made redundant, for further guidance

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