Furloughed, Fired, Forgotten?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

Have you recently been furloughed or fired? Do you feel forgotten?

In the current covid-19 climate, thousands of peoples’ careers have been majorly affected. Hundreds are chasing jobs; but new opportunities seem to be shrinking by the day. Income has halted for many, meaning that expenditures must be cut. Young people within the hospitality and event management sectors have never experienced stress and pressure like this before, and managers and business executives are being cast aside, despite their experience and loyalty.

Statistics change quickly, but emotional upsets don’t.

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved

Don’t be afraid to open up and share your feelings with your family and friends. Bottling things up will only heighten those negative emotions, which could have detrimental effects to your health.

It is totally normal to feel any of the following emotions: shock, deflation, anger, disappointment, fear, anxiety and loneliness. Sharing your problems with others can make the load feel much lighter, and is the first step to overcoming these challenges.

Resilience is Key

It can be hard to rebuild your self-confidence and stay resilient after a major knock to your career; however, it is vital to project a positive attitude and keep going in the face of adversity.

You may need to search for a new role quickly, but it’s important to remember that you may not be presented with the perfect opportunity immediately. A high level of flexibility is required: some people may need to work 2/3 part-time jobs whilst hunting for their ideal position, whilst others may benefit from using this time to build their portfolio. Some individuals may decide to start their own business, which requires determination and willpower. You may not be earning the same salary as before the pandemic – but don’t let this discourage you.

Quality Connections

A good CV is vital for most job roles, and expert advice can help place your CV above fellow candidates. Spend some time establishing relationships with leaders in key sectors such as retail, manufacturing, business services, IT and hospitality. Ask for feedback on your CV and develop an understanding of what an ideal candidate looks like.

It is also worth investing in developing your interview skills. Call past employers and other connections, and practice selling yourself and answering professional questions. Be confident, bold, positive, proud, friendly and humble; but never arrogant.

If you do secure a job interview, don’t be afraid to ask at the end, “is there any reason why I should not be offered this job?” Smile and wait for the response. It is beneficial to challenge fellow professionals, as this illustrates determination and confidence.

Expert Career Coaching with CertaintyOne

CertaintyOne’s structured support programme has a proven track record of helping individuals rebuild their confidence and secure valuable job opportunities in the face of adversity. Our team are always available to provide assistance and advice throughout your career journey.

Workshop 1: Handling Shock of Redundancy

Workshop 2: Profiling & Identifying Strengths

Workshop 3: Building Quality CVs

Workshop 4: Job Searching & Recruitment

Workshop 5: Finance, Health & Wellbeing

Workshop 6: Staying Resilient


If your career has been majorly affected by covid, please get in touch with CertaintyOne today. Visit to discover more about our dedicated coaching programme.

CertaintyOne – throwing you a lifebelt during a storm.

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