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Redundancy Practical Tips

Dealing with Redundancy – Practical Tips If you’re one of the unlucky ones – and there are many at the moment – facing redundancy, there are some practical pointers which can save time and effort in the long run.

Before you leave You can find out your legal minimum entitlements from BERR (the government Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform – there is a Redundancy Payments: Ready Reckoner on their website), but your employer may pay you more than the minimum. They must give you a written breakdown of your compensation.

Make sure you collect your P45, as you will need it for your next job. Also, get any references that will be useful. If you can get a written reference now, it may save time when you are applying for jobs. Get contact details for anyone else you may need in the future, such as a pension scheme or benefits like health insurance. Use available employer resources Your employer might provide free careers guidance to help you decide on your next move.

Some will offer help with training. Other may give advice on things like interview techniques. Whatever they offer, make the most of it. Use your time constructively If you don't get a job straight away, think about how you can use your time to keep your skills up to date, or learn new skills. You could do voluntary work to get experience in a new line of work. You could also do a course to learn new skills. Often fees are reduced if you're not working full-time.

Keeping active and expanding your skills will impress potential employers. Update your CV You will need an up to date CV for job applications. Even if an employer asks you to complete an application form, the form will ask for the information your CV should contain. There is a lot of advice on writing CVs on the web; use this resource to help you.

Places to look for jobs

• look in the local papers for vacancies - smaller companies will often advertise their jobs here, as it’s more affordable than advertising through an agency

• get trade magazines – effective when you’re looking in a particular sector

 • recruitment websites – many large employers and recruitment agencies use these as well as traditional methods

 • register with employment agencies

 • send your CV out on spec - after deciding what employers you might like to work for, send your CV and covering letter to the HR departments of these companies

• check the vacancies in the Jobcentre
• networking – many vacancies aren’t advertised, so let as many people as possible know that you're seeking work Keep your options open Look at a wide range of options.

If you are too narrow about the role you are looking for, you may miss some great opportunities. And keep on good terms with your ex-employer, however negative you may feel about them. You may need good references from them, or they may rehire when the business improves.