Has Covid-19 caused you to lose your job?
In the last 3 months the world has completely changed due to the Coronavirus.
We have all been touched by it in one way or another and many people have suddenly found themselves out of work.
If you, or someone close to you has lost their job recently due to Covid-19, this article is for you.
- Take it personally
It’s really important to recognise that in these unprecedented times this situation is not about you personally or your performance, but about makings savings, cutting costs and perhaps even saving the business. No employer wants to make anyone redundant.
- Don’t burn your bridges!
You might be feeling angry, frustrated or upset, but don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Now is not the time to burn your bridges, tell your manager what you really thought of them or say things you wouldn’t have said if you were still employed. You may need a good reference and it’s not productive or helpful to leave under a cloud. If you maintain a good relationship your previous employer can continue to be part of a strong network.
- Don’t panic!
The choices you make if you panic are rarely thought through or the right ones. So, if you can, take some time to evaluate your situation, draw up a list of options and explore what you want to do next. If your situation means you have to get employment immediately, consider taking something temporary to take the pressure off while you identify your longer-term options.
- Don’t blame yourself or others
It’s easy to play the blame game and can be comforting if you’re feeling angry and upset. However, it’s no one’s fault and you will be more respected by your friends, peers and colleagues for accepting what’s happened and moving forward. Others may want to join you in the blame game too because they may also feel bad about what’s happened. Remind them it’s not helpful and encourage them to support you and help you keep focused on the positives and what you want to achieve next.
- Don’t define yourself as ‘redundant’
It’s easy to label yourself as ‘redundant’ in conversations and this can create and encourage more negative emotions and thoughts. Think about re-phrasing your situation to focus less on being the victim of circumstances and more about what you offer.
- Don’t catastrophize!
It may feel like a catastrophe, but you will be OK. Whatever happens, it will pass and you will find work!
- Accept it!
Focus on the positive choices you can make.
- Make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to.
Speak to HR or get some independent advice so you are clear about the legalities, processes and are treated fairly.
- Take some time out.
Taking time out to re-focus is really important.
- Seek support.
Talk to friends and family and as well as someone who is objective. I offer a free telephone careers consultation as part of my Career Coaching service. I am also currently providing a free CV template to anyone job hunting due to Covid-19 which is normally offered to clients as part of my fee-paying services.
- Recognise what you have to offer and what you’re good at
Draw up a list of your transferable skills, experience and strengths and what you can offer the job market.
- See it as an opportunity to find a new job – one you’ll really enjoy!
Most people who become redundant often end up saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. Make this opportunity work for you!