One of the biggest and most unfortunate consequences of the continuing pandemic is the economic chaos it has caused. Numerous companies across Cambridgeshire have had to make their employees redundant.

In fact, the latest figures by ONS show that the unemployment rate in the UK was up 4.1% from March to July, compared to the 3.9% figure seen in the previous 3 months. Other reports showed that there had been 240,000 from the beginning of 2020 until June 2020.

While there are signs that the employment rate is rising, and we are certainly seeing our clients hiring new talent again, there are a lot of candidates that are unsure of how to handle redundancy on the CV.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. You are not the first person to be made redundant, nor will you be the last. There are lots of people, from all work experience levels, that have found themselves being made redundant in recent months.

Your redundancy is now a red flag to your potential employer. When you know how to handle redundancy on your CV the right way, you will actually improve your chances of securing your next role.

  • You need to think of your CV as a sales pitch. Instead of focusing on why you left your last role, focus on the skills you gained and the transferable skills you can bring to your new employer. At the time of the interview the interviewer is likely to ask why you left your last role and you can explain the redundancy then.
  • Be honest in your CV. Your CV is your personal sales pitch. ‘You’ are what is different to all the other candidates. If there has been a large gap since your last employment you may wish to explain that you left the last job due to redundancy. You could include a brief paragraph of how you saw the Covid outbreak affect the business and why the employer had to let you go.
  • Do not leave your CV so it looks like you still work at the last company. It is likely your potential employer will find out that there was a gap. This will bring your honesty into disrepute later down the line, which could be very damaging for your career.
  • Think about using your cover letter as place to explain your redundancy if you would prefer not to have this on your CV. Keep the explanation brief and focus on the positives of the skills you learnt in the role. Explain anything you learnt or how you supported the business during the outbreak and in the run up to your redundancy.
  • What have you been doing since your redundancy? If there is a large gap on your CV since your redundancy use the cover letter to explain what you have been doing during this time. Maybe you have done some temp work which taught you new skills? Perhaps you have done some online courses too. Take the time to explain what you have done during the career gap and how this can benefit the potential employer.

It is very likely you will be asked in the interview about why you left your last job. Just as you have done in your CV and the cover letter, be honest and be positive.

If you would like any further CV advice please check out our CV tips blog posts here, or contact our team directly.