Following the recent devastating news of mass redundancies within the British Steel Industry due to the closures of SSI Steel in Redcar, TATA steel in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire and Caparo Steel in the Midlands, one of our senior recruitment consultants has written some advice for anyone facing redundancy in the scientific and chemical sector:
Redundancy is a fact of life. Some manage to avoid it, and an unlucky few have experienced it multiple times. But how best to approach redundancy if it’s a situation you find yourself in? While it may seem understandably daunting, try to think of redundancy as an opportunity. If you wanted to take your career in a different direction, now is the time to take that leap. If you had thought about relocating, now may be the ideal opportunity. It could even be a prompt for you to embark on a training course which will benefit the next stage in your career.
As soon as you are informed that you are at risk of redundancy starting thinking about what your options are. How long does this give you to find a new role? If there is a chance you will not be affected, are you happy to stay or may you wish to leave of your own accord? Try to find out as much as you can. Will you be affected? Has the redundancy been confirmed? If so, when will it be? When will your final day be? Will you need to work until a certain point to claim any redundancy package owed? Will your notice period change?
Hopefully your employer will also be able to inform you as to where you can seek advice. It’s also worthwhile contacting a recruitment agency such as CK Group who will be able to advise you about the current market, trends and available opportunities. Do consider taking temporary work – as it’s a good opportunity to try a new role; the turnaround is often quicker than in permanent positions; and it will help to reduce gaps on your CV. The more flexible you can be – salary, location, seniority, etc. – the easier it will be to find a new position. Make sure your CV sells your skills and experience and feel free to contact a CK consultant if any help is required. Coping with redundancy could lead to the next step in your career, and we’re here to support you.
For more information on how we can help you find your next job or to search our current vacancies contact the relevant division below:
CK Science – visit our website here or call 01246 457700
CK Engineers – visit our website here or call 01438 768 716
CK IT – visit our website here or call 01246 457722
CK Clinical – visit our website here or call 01438 743 047