The End of Furlough – An Opportunity

The End of Furlough – An Opportunity

5 Things You Need to Do

With the furlough scheme having ended,  you may be facing the prospect of losing your job.

What should you do?

Take ownership

It is important to take ownership at this difficult time. If you are going to lose your job then  find out about the process.

  • How long is your notice period?  
  • Will you be given any financial re-imbursements?
  • Saying goodbye to your colleagues. This may be via  Zoom , Microsoft teams, or, even better,  in person.
  • You may also want to say goodbye to your customers. If your contract allows you may consider  forwarding your new contact details to them. Read your contract carefully before you do this.

Understanding your rights

  • Ask you HR manager or HR team to share a copy of their In-house redundancy policy and check out your contract for exit terms.
  • Are there any other roles within your organisation for which you can apply?
  • Perhaps you can be re-deployed to a similar job?
  • It is essential to look at the ACAS website and the government website as they have lots of helpful advice.
  •  If you are a member of a Union it would be a good idea to talk to them and get their advice and support. It is important to find out about your entitlements. If you are still unsure talk to an employment lawyer to ensure that your redundancy is being handled fairly.

Ask for careers support

Getting impartial and independent professional careers support from Stirling Careers Consultancy can make a huge difference to your job search success and reduce the amount of time taken to find your next role.

Assess Your Finances

With furlough having ended it is essential to assess your finances. This will enable you  to have a realistic picture of your finances. You will then understand how much money you have coming in and your outgoings too. You can also talk to the Jobcentre Plus. They will tell  you about your entitlements.

Be optimistic

With the furlough scheme having ended and the possibility of redundancy looming this can be a very unsettling time. However, now could be a good time to take a step back and assess your options. The job market is buoyant at the moment.

What next? To find out more

If furlough is coming to an end and you want to talk about your situation and find out how we can help you we can arrange a free, no obligation career conversation with you. Please either call us on 0790 461 4946 email us at or contact us via our contact form on our website:

This could be the start of a new life / new future / new beginning!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Bromley Careers Consultant Alistair Stirling offering careers advice in & around Kent, London

Alistair Stirling is a registered careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people back into employment.

Your employees may need some help and support to understand the contemporary job market.

All the research suggests that people who are helped and supported are more likely to make a successful transition to their next destination. Bringing in outside help frees up Human Resources time and energy and shows the organisation is trying to help staff. It can also be a motivating factor for those ‘surviving’ a change management programme.  For employees being involved in a restructure or being made redundant can be a very stressful period. Being able to talk to an independent and impartial careers professional helps to allay some of their fears and also allows employees to understand how the contemporary job market works. It also enables them to plan their future career direction.

Stirling Careers Consultancy

Stirling Careers Consultancy has worked with organisations which have had to restructure and to help staff reapply for their jobs in the new structure. Most staff had been at the organisation for number of years and they were unsure of the contemporary job market.

During the restructure staff had to reapply for their jobs and Stirling Careers Consultancy helped them with their applications for their new roles. Stirling Careers Consultancy helped them with their Curriculum Vitaes (CV) and interview techniques.

Sometimes it can be harder going for an internal vacancy than an external vacancy. Never assume the organisation / interview panel fully understand your current role. Also, they may not know what your full range of abilities and skills are so you need to sell yourself to the panel in the most effective way.

Top Tips on Curriculum Vitaes (CV) and Covering Letter / Email

Get the basics right (i.e., no spelling mistakes, grammar and punctuation mistakes)

Stick to two pages of no more than A4 size

Ensure the CV relates to role the you are applying for

Include a covering letter / Email addresses essential criteria highlighting skills and job roles relevant to the post you are applying for

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Make sure your skills, achievement stand out and our relevant to the role you are applying for

Top Tips on Interview Techniques

Accept invitation for interview and understand interview format and process

Re: Read through your notes, covering letter and CV or application form

Research as much as possible about the reorganisation and more importantly think about how you fit into it and what you can contribute to the new structure

Research and anticipate possible questions and practice with a careers professional, family member or friend

A simple technique for answering questions is:

  • Listen to the question
  • Give examples
  • Stick to the point and do not waffle

Stirling Careers Consultancy will work with the organisation to put together a tailored programme of support for your employees.

Bromley Careers Consultant Alistair Stirling offering careers advice in & around Kent, London

Alistair Stirling is a registered careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people back into employment.


Some organisations are cutting their budgets due to these difficult times with the coronavirus.  This could mean that staff are being made redundant.

Redundancy can be a very stressful time for employees. If you or your organisation is going through a redundancy programme you will find these tips from Stirling Careers Consultancy helpful.

Help Staff to Evaluate Their Options

This could be an ideal opportunity for staff being made redundant to step back and assess their options thinking about what they really want from their careers and their next role.

Most staff will want to get back into employment as quickly as possible. 

To do this they need: 

To help them do this they will need to review their CV or prepare a CV

  • Suggest to staff that they start updating their CV targeting it at their next possible role. There are plenty of CV templates available on the internet.
  • Those members of staff who do not have a CV may need help and support to get them started
  • They could also visit their local library, when the coronavirus situation is over,  where there are a lot of useful free careers resources.  
  • They should ask their friends to critique their CV so that they can ensure that they are providing the information that future employers will be looking for.
  • They should also think about the image that they want to project to potential employers. 

They will need to consider how they are going to market themselves to potential employers. These are some of the ways which will help them.

Networking on Line 

  • As a result of the coronavirus people are now having to network online. They should join online networking events related to their sector / profession. It is possible to find out about local networking events through their local Chamber of Commerce  


This is a useful social media tool to build an on-line presence. It is also useful as a research tool.  It helps to build their professional identity online together with  staying in contact with their colleagues and former school friends. They can join online discussion groups linked to their career and it is also a way of keeping up to date again within their profession / sector.


It is important to help departing employees think about how they will research and prepare for interviews and encourage them to keep a positive attitude.  They will need to prepare for video interviews.

All the research suggests that those people who are helped through the redundancy process are more likely to make a successful transition. Staff remaining in the organisation will be encouraged to see those leaving being giving support and encouragement. This will help with morale.

If you are making employees redundant, Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you through the process.

  • People are now having to be more flexible and adaptable due to the changing economic climate due to the coronavirus.
  • We can help departing employees evaluate their options
  • We can help them put together a targeted job search plan. This will enable them to market themselves effectively to potential new employers as quickly as possible.
  • We can help them research, prepare and learn how to conduct themselves and succeed at interview
  • We can help them negotiate their salary and we support clients with onboarding  into their new organisation.

The above can be delivered one to one through Zoom, Skype, telephone or email.

Being made redundant is never easy. However, it can be an ideal opportunity to talk things through with an experienced Careers Professional and put a plan together and move forward. You may want to look / consider remote / working from home job opportunities on Jooble website.

This could be the start of a new life / new future / new beginning!

Bromley Careers Consultant Alistair Stirling offering careers advice in & around Kent, London

Alistair Stirling is a registered careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people back into employment.

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