You may have seen it coming, or you may not. Either way, you’ve been made redundant and it’s a time to take stock and plan your next move. Many people heave a deep sigh, and decide to take a break before looking for their next job. It’s a natural reaction, you probably feel stressed, you may even be suffering from grief. Taking a break is particularly tempting if the redundancy has been accompanied by a substantial payout. My advice is – don’t do it this way. Here’s what you should do…
Put all your energies into finding the next position. Secure the position, THEN take a break. Most employers will be expecting you to have to give 30 days notice, so won’t be expecting you to start immediately. You can usually negotiate a start date that will allow you to take a 2-3 weeks break.
Why this advice?
- You are used to working every day, and it is easier to apply your energies to the new job of finding the next position rather than to try to take up the reins later.
- It is better not to have a gap in your resume.
- You will have more peace of mind during your break if you already know you have a job to return to.
- Sometimes the employer who made you redundant may offer outplacement services which are usually available for a limited time. If you start right away you can make best use of these services, which often include individual counselling from experts to help you plan your job search, improve your resume and get your finances organised.
Redundancy can be painful, but it’s suprising how many people I see who tell me that in retrospect it was one of the best things that happened to them. Stay positive and assume that the next position will be better than the last – it usually is.