Losing your job can affect many parts of your life and make you feel anxious about the future. Whether you’ve lost your job or been made redundant, you may find it difficult to:
Redundancy is a type of dismissal from your job. It happens when your employer needs to reduce the workforce.
You have rights in redundancy that may make the process easier. If you are a member of a union, they could:
If you're facing redundancy because your employer can’t pay their debts, this is known as insolvency. You can contact the insolvency helpline for advice specific to this type of redundancy. ACAS (Advice, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are also able to provide you with support during your redundancy.
If you were made redundant after the 28 February 2020 because of COVID-19, your employer might be able to rehire and furlough you and pay 80% of your wages.
If you have lost your job, money can often be the cause of stress and worry. There are some simple things you can do that will help, including:
There is further advice available about the changes to benefits for people who:
Being unemployed can be a very stressful time. You may find it helpful to:
Unemployment may also provide you with an opportunity to keep your skills up to date or learn a new skill. The Skills Toolkit offers courses in numeracy and digital skills.
You may want to find a job as soon as possible, which may be difficult when self-isolating. There are several things you may want to consider when looking for work now:
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If you’ve been made redundant due to COVID-19, you may need to update your CV to reflect this. Employers may want to know that you were not made redundant due to your performance. There are different ways you can do this:
Many interviews are taking place remotely; over the phone or through video conferencing. Following interview advice and researching common interview questions can help you to prepare so that you feel confident during the interview.
If you’re not sure about your next steps for getting back into employment, you can speak to an adviser.