Having been made redundant myself a few times I know that even if you know it is coming its always a shock. With redundancies likely to soar you need to be ready. Understanding your rights during the process is a great start but when the day arrives you need to be ready. Make sure you use a redundancy calculator and do your budgets. A tax-free lump sum payment is great but now is not the time to go on holiday. If you need a break a short weekend should do. If you do struggle with depression seek professional help.
So the first step is to get your finances in order. Pay off all credit cards is a start. The interest rates will be eating your reserves faster then you think. Stop buying anything you do not need. If you are the sole breadwinner then you really need to cut back so you do not loose your house and can still feed the family.
Secondly your new job, yes you have a new full-time job and that is your job search. Keeping your work routine is very important. Getting up early and looking every available minute you have for a job is critical. Your new job requires you to do some basics first.
Work out what you want and need from a job.
Build or update your CV. (you should really have done this during the redundancy consultation process)
Tell everyone you know, your skills and that you need a job.
Once these basics are in place you need to work out your daily plan. Using your network to find interesting roles should take up the bulk of your time. After working hours you can read paper ads, look on the Internet and so on don’t loose valuable time procrastinating during the day.
If you made up about what you want to do, think about retraining. A cheaper alternative is to volunteer for something closely related to what you would like to do. For example you want to be a project manager and study for a prince2 qualification, why not volunteer to organize an event for a local charity and learn on the job whilst you do not need to fork out any money.
Redundancy can open a lot of opportunities. Its up to you to do something with the opportunities your redundancy gives you. Career coaching can guide you through this process.