More Magazine Issue 28th January 2013

This article is great for those of us who may have lost our job and need to get back out there….

Job at risk? Here’s how to get back on that ladder

Losing that job doesn’t mean you’re destined to a life watching daytime TV, says Michelle Dewberry

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got bags of experience, or you’ve been in a role a few days, unfortunately no one’s job is 100% safe. Just last week both HMV and Blockbusters went into administration threatening roughly 8000 jobs. Chances are that at some point in your working life, you’ll face the shock of being made redundant or not having a contract renewed. Figures show there were over 300,000 redundancies in 2011. So if you’ve become unexpectedly jobless, your not alone.  I’ve worked on short term contracts since I was 22, and at first I used to worry about not getting another job when the contract ended – but not now. I keep up a network of contacts and regularly check job sites that advertise the kind of roles I might like. Here’s my 5 point survival guide if you think the axe is about to fall…


If you think you might be at risk of redundancy, the company has to treat you fairly and follow a legal process. Depending on how long you’ve been there and the terms of your contract, you might be eligible for things such as a lump sum and support in getting a new job. Check out to understand your rights. Also, your employer can’t single you out because of your age or gender.


Always remember that redundancy, or non-renewal of contract, is almost never personal. The chances are your employer didn’t want to let you go and has been forced to make some very tough decisions. It’s the job that’s being made redundant not you. So dust yourself off and stride forward into the next exciting opportunity…


Losing your job can be devastating, but look for the positives. A friend of mine recently  lost her much loved job as a journalist due to cuts, but now freelances at newspapers. She has to turn down work because she is so busy, and earns twice what she did as an employee. In industries from plumbing to teaching, you may find freelancing a useful stop-gap while you look for other work. Even if you aren’t working everyday, it’ll keep money coming in. 


If you’re working on a seasonal/short term contract, always try to look for another job before your contract comes to an end. You should always keep your CV as up to date as possible in fact, put it on the top of your to do list right now. On your CV use the phrase ‘interim contract to explain why you’ve only been in a job a few months. If you’ve been made redundant, you don’t necessarily have to say this on your CV. Instead use a cover letter to explain your circumstances.


If you do find yourself struggling emotionally, hop onto YouTube and type ‘Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address 2005’ into the search bar. The video’s only 15mins long and truly inspiring. The late genius behind Apple talks about how everything works out in the end. When unexpected happens, there’s always a reason it just takes time to understand

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘Job at risk? Here’s how to get back on that ladder’ by Michelle Dewberry in Issue 28th January 2013, I did not write this!)

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