Redundancy: HRZone asked HR Manager Ayshea Christian her advice

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HRZone asked Ayshea Christian, Human Resources Manager at Lovewell Blake her advice...

How will it look on my CV - should I be honest?

From an HR Manager's point of view, honesty is always the best mantra, especially as one of the most likely questions is to ask a candidate why they left somewhere. I understand there is a lot of stigma attached to redundancy, bit it is not to be seen as a negative thing by the person it happened to - there is normally a very genuine business reason for a redundancy, and the last thing an interviewer will think is that there was a shortfall on the part of the candidate.

What are the positives is it really just a demoralising and negative experience?

To start with, this is probably the case. However, if properly handled by the company making the redundancy, it can often be turn around, and made into a career opportunity. Redundancy very often forces a career change move or some other life-changing experience which an individual may never look back from.

What are the chances of me being made redundant?

This is a hard question - no-one has a job for life these days so anybody is at risk at any time.

What are your top five tips on how to deal with redundancy?

If you've got questions to ask of your employer, you must ask them to clarify matters in your own mind Talk to others about your experience Try to get registered with some sort of outplacement consultancy who can help rebuild your CV, your confidence etc Give yourself time - don't hurry yourself Use the situation as a life-changing opportunity

What are the chances of getting another job and what happens if no jobs are out there?

Getting another job depends on the job market and the field in which one works. If you have a strong CV and good positive interview style, the chances of one gaining future employment are good. If there's nothing out there, why not travel, or use the opportunity to set up on your own.

How should redundancy be communicated in a company?

There are legal requirements for communication and consultation in relation to redundancy, and these should be followed stringently. Ideally everyone should be advised and kept in the picture at all times, keeping communication open and approachable.

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