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I recently found out, I was made redundant or as one should phrase it 'my position became redundant'. It was a terrible blow, mostly because I was so passionate and felt so personally about the company and the people I was working with. Note to self, a job is a job, but when you do what makes you happy... it's suddenly a lot harder to make that definition.
But all things in life, come with a silver lining and this made me take the leap of faith into going freelance and of course writing this blog. As I am in my redundancy notice as I write this, here are some tips, I myself am learning too.
1. Take your time
It's jilting, its a shock and 100% can be unexpected. My top tip, is take your time to breathe. Of course it can be hurtful and appear like a personal attack (note it's not!). It's worth taking your time, yes everything will seem more daunting and more pressing whilst you wait to get a new job, but it's imperative more then anything you take the time to heal. In this healing time, you can refocus, treat yourself & remind yourself of your worth. This wasn't about you.
2. Business is Business - Get clarification
When things come as a shock it can throw you off your straight forward thinking. This is why it's important to focus on number 1! Once that's done, it's time to realise business is business, work is work and it's time to crack down. You haven't failed, you haven't let anyone else down. It was purely a business decision, once you get your head round this you will find a little peace amongst the madness. Get the paperwork you need, ask your employers for the right dates, times, notice periods and of course formal consultations in regards to redundancy. It will be awkward, accept this. But it's only temporary, finding the right information and your rights will help you find the clarity you need.
3. Learn to bounce back
Don't burn bridges if you can. Ask for a reference before you leave and shake hands on the fact you have parted ways. But this isn't the end for you. Maybe you might have discovered this redundancy has made you reconsider how you feel about your current career? Or even that you truly love your work and can't wait to get started again. No matter how you feel, hit the ground running. Start searching around again, talking to old contacts and rebuilding your confidence. When you're ready to reapply for new jobs, you'll know.
4. Moving on again
I haven't his this point yet! But I'll let you all know when I do. Pat yourself on the back, I'm 100% sure you deserve it. As with most "break ups" we move forward, we live and learn. We begin to find out feet again, heal together and hopefully move on to better and brighter things.