With the furlough scheme coming to a close at the end of October, this is a worrying time for many.
We have already seen many within our community who were on furlough, being made redundant while others are fearful of what may come next month.
That’s why at Work Avenue, the Jewish community’s leading employment and business support organisation, we are here to help.
Throughout the coronavirus crisis we have supported more than 1,500 people to find jobs, set up business and learn new skills. We only expect that to increase in the coming months.
If you face redundancy, here are ten immediate tips to help:
1) Don’t panic
Even if you had been expecting this, it can still come as a huge shock and we begin to react as we would to any trauma. Try to keep calm, take a deep breath and recognise that you are likely to experience all the stages of the cycle of grieving for your job just as you would for any other loss.
2) Know your rights
When being made redundant there are various rights you have in regards to pay, notice, holidays and more. A new law has stated that any statutory redundancy pay you are due must be based on your normal wage, as must any pay during your notice period. If you are unsure of your rights independent organisations such as Paperweight or ACAS can help.
3) Get your entitlements
There is various different Government support you could be entitled to when without a job, with the main one being Universal Credit. A means-tested benefit, it can be worth up to £1,500 per month. Both the qualifying criteria and amount of benefit were increased due to the pandemic. There are calculators online you can use to work out whether you qualify and what you may receive.
4) Think about your finances
Understand your financial situation so that you have a realistic picture of your finances and cash flow whilst between jobs. Think about where you can make savings at this time and which expenses must be covered. Looking through a recent bank statement to identify your direct debits and which can be deferred, cancelled or switched to a cheaper deal can make an enormous difference to your monthly outgoings.
4) Brush up your employability
First, review your CV. Take advice from people you trust and industry experts, and also our professional employment advisers who are here to help you every step of the way. As well as the content and layout of the CV, start thinking about whether your skills need upgrading. Now is a good time to focus on this. Many employers will think positively of you if you can demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development.
5) Start your job search
All may seem lost right now, especially with news of further lockdowns, but new businesses and industries are springing up while others have benefitted from this period and are hiring to meet increased demand. Take a look at our jobs’ board at theworkavenue.org.uk/employment/jobs-listings or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
6) Consider all options
Even though, for some, your natural instinct is to shut down, talk to as many people as you can, network as widely as possible and take as much advice as you are able to. The first conversation is always the hardest, they get easier and more effective from then on. Opportunities can sometimes come from the places you least expect!
7) Stay positive
Redundancy can often seem like the end of the world, but at the same time, we frequently see how people find a way to move ahead and use this as a catalyst to make their own career changes and not stay on the same treadmill.
8) Take advice
Whether it’s from Work Avenue, or somewhere else, please take advice from professionals or friends who can assist you in all aspects of this period. Many people have been in the same situation as you find yourself in now and understanding what to do (or what not to do) from someone with valuable experience can save you much time and anguish.
9) Understand your network
Creating a network may seem a daunting task. But you are probably already a lot better connected than you realise. Your network could already include current and former colleagues, people you went to school or university with, previous lecturers and teachers, those you have interacted with professionally and even family, friends and the people you see at the school gates or in synagogue.
10) Know you are not alone
The wonderful thing about our Jewish community is that, if you need it, you will get all the help you require at this time. If you need support with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact Work Avenue on 020 8371 3280. For more information about our **FREE** services, visit www.theworkavenue.org.uk. We are here to help.