A Guide on How to Cope with Job Redundancy

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how to cope with job redundancy

Job redundancy can upset and makes you feel lost in your career and life. It comes unexpectedly and can have impacts on every side of your life. This is because the jobs that we have define us and how we see ourselves, how we dress, the time we spend with our family and much more. Losing your job might force you to feel anger, self-deprecation, fear, shame and anxiety. If you remain unemployed for an extended time, it might lead to depression as well.

Throughout the job redundancy phase, it is important to understand well the measures that you should take that will help you overcome this period. Here are the number of things you can do:

  1. Understand All Your Rights

understand all your rights

It is important to know several legal procedures to should follow during the job redundancy period. You should first understand the logical reasons behind your termination and the period as well. In Tanzania, for example, the Employment and Labour Relations Act (2004) requires a written termination notice in not less than 7 days before terminating the services of a worker. If you have a contract, it is important to go through it to understand all the important details, including how long should your notice period be, severance pays, holiday pays and compensations.

If the purpose of the job redundancy is to cut costs, you can try to offer to your employer to work with a pay cut or volunteer until the situation stabilizes. This can let you save some time to figure out how you can start finding other opportunities and you can impress your employers with your willingness to work for a company.

  1.  Be Careful With Your Finance

be careful with your finance

Once you have received all your payments, it is important to remind yourself that you have lost the primary source of your earnings. It is not the right time to spend money on vacations and unnecessary expenses. In cities like Dar es Salaam or Arusha, you can choose to cut costs on fuel and consider public transport that is comfortable for you. Try to cut costs on things that you can do yourself at home such as car washing and dining. Make sure that you have enough funds that can cover all the necessary expenses between six months to a year while focusing on finding a new job.

  1. Involve Your Family And friends For Support

involve your family and friends for support

It is always not right to keep a job redundancy a secret. This will increase your level of stress, fear, insecurity and anxiety that might affect your mental health. It is important to understand that the impact of your job loss will not only affect you but your family and the people who are close to you.  

Talk to them and tell them about how you feel and they may even be able to help. If they were depending on you on some funds, they might help reduce unnecessary costs and adjust to the situation for a while you look for a new job. For friends, you should not underestimate their help, both mental and help with your job search.

  1. Check Out Your Contacts, Update Your CV And Social Profiles

check out your  contacts, update your Cv and social profiles

Once you have settled your financial and family issues, the next thing to consider is your next move. It is important to decide what you want to do and be careful when taking the new job offers that might come your way. Start by reaching out your contacts on your professional network and let them know you are available and searching for a new job.

You should then create a CV that will reflect your current skills and experience. You might take a time to learn some new skills as well and improve the ones that you already have. Reach to your professional social channels such as BrighterMonday to let the recruiters know that you are available

  1. Consider Looking For A Part-Time Job or Volunteering

consider looking for a part-time job or volunteering

Being able to manage your financial status at this stage is crucial.  Even if you will cut costs of unnecessary expenses, you will still withdraw money without a regular positive cash flow. It is important to consider looking for a part-time job that will provide you will some extra money to cover some of your bills. This will help you with relieving a bit of the financial pressure while focusing on finding a full-time job.

You should also consider volunteering than spending your time at home. This will demonstrate not only commitment but also leadership, dedication and flexibility as well. It will be important for your CV and keeping your skills fresh. You will also have some time to learn new skills in your area of expertise that will help you fortify your resume.

Mustapha Mosha
Mustapha Ally is a Community Marketing Manager at Zoom Tanzania and BrighterMonday Tanzania. He loves digital marketing social media