Being out of work for any reason can be daunting. However, the circumstances in which you became unemployed will affect both your emotional response and the practical steps you need to take.
It’s vital to make a plan to help narrow your search and make the most effective use of your time:
Whether anticipated or not, redundancy can be a shock, especially if the person feels they have been doing a good job. It’s normal to feel angry, worried about your job prospects and concerned about financial security. But it is important to recognize that redundancy is not necessarily a reflection on you: downsizing and restructuring happen from time to time. Don’t feel embarrassed about the redundancy either, as this can prevent you from keeping in touch with colleagues and industry contacts who could help you with your job search.
If you have any concerns about redundancy processes and packages, you can check the Fair Work Commission website for further information.
Involuntary dismissal can come about in a range of circumstances.
If you feel that your dismissal was reasonable, it may be helpful to review the issues you faced in the job and think of ways to address them in order to prevent them arising in the future. Be honest with yourself and seek the support of family and friends.
If you feel that you have been unfairly dismissed you may want to consider contacting the Fair Work Ombudsman. Any application must be made within 21 days of the dismissal taking effect. For further information visit the Fair Work Commission website.
Voluntary job loss
There are many reasons why people become voluntarily unemployed, including temporary or seasonal work ending, job dissatisfaction or health issues. People experiencing voluntary job loss are usually (but not always) less likely to experience the stress and mental health issues associated with unemployment. But they may still face significant financial worries and need help to get back into work.
It’s normal to be worried about your financial situation after a job loss, but by making plans early on you can reduce stress for you and your family. Cutting down on your spending is usually a good idea and you should make sure that you’re accessing any support you’re entitled to such as the Newstart Allowance. But remember, if you’ve received a redundancy or leave payment this could affect your eligibility.
Some banks and financial institutions allow mortgage payments to be suspended for up to 12 months due to unemployment. Contact your lender for further information. You may also want to consider looking for contractor temporary work to boost your finances while you search for something more permanent.
It is normal for job loss to provoke feelings of stress and anxiety. Sometimes people can experience lowered self-esteem or a loss of identity. These feelings can make your search for a new job more difficult.
Take some time to consider your options. Is this an opportunity to try something new? This is particularly important if you were in an industry which is in decline, or if you left your previous employment for work-related reasons. Are your skills and experience transferable to another industry? The myfuture website is a useful source of information and ideas for career planning. Next, make a plan for how you will find and apply for the roles you want. You may want to:
There are a number of sources of support which you can tap into to help your job search.