Preparing for a Layoff


If you’re concerned that layoffs or redundancy are on the horizon for your role, it can be tempting to bury your head in the sand and hope for the best. However, in your case, it’s far better to be prepared for all eventualities and take back control of your employment situation.

Here at Mackinnon & Partners, we support candidates facing uncertain employment futures by assisting them in exploring other opportunities. If you’re experiencing a similar situation, here’s what our expert Recruitment Team recommends…


Preparing for a Possible Layoff

Acknowledge your Situation

First and foremost, acknowledge the situation you’re facing and try to gain clarity. Speak to your employers and open conversations with HR to gain a clearer idea of their position, and where that leaves you. This, in turn, allows you to begin preparing for likely outcomes, whatever they may be.


Identify your Skills

If a layoff or redundancy is looking likely for you, get ahead of the game by identifying your key skills. What other roles can these skills be applied to? Are there any other areas in which you could upskill to open yourself up to more opportunities and widen your job choice pool? Doing this now stands you in great stead for finding the perfect role for your skills when the need arises.


Optimize your Resume

Layoffs don’t always come with a long warning period. Take control of your situation and prepare early by updating and optimizing your resume for new opportunities. Consider the experience and skills you have gained in your current role and think about how these can be applied to roles you may consider in the future. By doing so, you may realise you are qualified for more roles than you thought, further expanding the number of roles to choose from.


Expand your Network

While your employer may be experiencing the need to make layoffs, plenty of other employers will be looking to expand their teams. Join professional associations in your field, and utilise networking events and social media platforms to grow your contacts. Often, it’s not what you know, but who you know that will support you in finding your next role.


Seek Professional Support

When you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for a layoff or redundancy, it’s time to reach out to experts for some additional support. This may include contacting expert recruitment agencies like Mackinnon & Partners. We specialise in supporting candidates who are facing these challenging circumstances by positioning them in front of top-quality job opportunities and guiding them through every step of the process. From job searching to interviewing to successful placement, our top priority is finding a role that works for you.


Preparing for a Layoff with Mackinnon & Partners

The prospect of a layoff or redundancy can feel daunting and the uncertainty unsettling. But there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for finding your next role when the time comes.

If you’re uncertain about the future of your role and would like some support in finding your next employment opportunity, please get in touch with the Mackinnon & Partners Recruitment Team.

Jack Miller
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