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With the current economic situation, many companies are tightening their belts, which unfortunately for some can mean redundancy.

For obvious reasons becoming redundant can be tough. So here are some helpful tips to help you brush yourself off and get back in the game.

Stay Calm

It’s easy for people to get into a frenzy when they have just been made redundant. Try to stay calm. Put together a list of all of the upcoming things you need to arrange. These may include legal/financial arrangements, outplacement services or a list of contacts from your networks.

What next?

Being made redundant isn’t a reflection on you. The company had to downsize and you just happened to be let go. Although you may have suffered a tough spell don’t get too comfortable. Start as you mean to go on. Get job searching straight away, reach out to your network and find out who is hiring or where the best opportunities may lie.

Although it’s tempting to live off your redundancy package remember it won’t last forever. If you do find it hard to get work maybe you could do some volunteer work in the meantime to fill in those CV gaps.

Redundancy may also open a new door for a career change. Maybe you can turn this negative into a positive and pursue a career in a completely different industry? Now is the time to do that something you always wanted to do but never had the chance to? Many people have transferable skills that allow them to easily apply for other roles. As not all roles require degrees maybe this is something you should take a look at as an option?

Stay Positive

This is a great opportunity to either further your career or start something new. So stay positive and focused. Work out what path you would like to take and exactly how you are going to go about achieving it.