I’ve recently seen an influx of ‘positive quotes’ and positive messages being bandied around on social media after the sad news of redundancies in the some of the retail sectors big players, B&Q and ToysRUs being two of the most prominent in my feeds.
What struck me is that a lot of the posts – although on the surface offering positive messages and support – were in fact suggesting that being made redundant is something people should be ashamed of, or should try and reframe when writing their CV or as part of their job history – why?
Redundancy is sadly a fact of life in the workplace, and I think it will only be on the increase, particularly in retail or service sectors. Everything is moving online, and more and more processes are becoming automated, meaning that the jobs of tomorrow are probably not the ones that are around today.
I have never known a recruiter to discriminate on the basis of redundancy. If you are concerned, presumably you will be given a formal letter confirming this redundancy? Keep it, and take a photocopy to interviews if you are ever questioned (not that I believe you ever would be!). Being made redundant is completely out of your control, it is a business decision that is (ordinarily) completely unreflective of your work or your contribution to the company – particularly if the redundancy is on a mass scale.
It’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, and certainly not something you should try and gloss over or hide when completing a job application or when thinking about how to write a CV.
What you could consider is accepting it as a challenge or a fresh start. Maybe it’s an opportunity to retrain, consider a career change or start the business you have been dreaming of. Consider finding a careers coach to support you with the changes you are facing or do some research on tips for how to write a CV. Perhaps my YouTube video below might help.
So how do you handle redundancy? Own it! Take stock, and make sure that your next career move is the right one for you.