Found 7th May 2011
Found out this week I am being made redundant next Friday The company is closing.

Need a Job ASAP.

IfI cant find anything soon can someone please tell me what you get by signing on. Do you get any more if you have dependants?

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i dont think its much you might be able to claim housing benifit and council tax benifit aswel depending on what your partner earns if your with someone, ive never been in this situation so not 100% sure how it all works, maybe pop into your local job centre asap and get some advise as the claims might take a week or so to sort out.

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Get a job otherwise you won't be welcome by some on here anymore.

I don;t know about the help you can get, but really sorry to hear your bad news. Hopefully you will get some redundancy money to help tide you over until you get the next job. Good luck.

Are you married? as this will affect your benefits.

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pink-ka

i dont think its much you might be able to claim housing benifit and … i dont think its much you might be able to claim housing benifit and council tax benifit aswel depending on what your partner earns if your with someone, ive never been in this situation so not 100% sure how it all works, maybe pop into your local job centre asap and get some advise as the claims might take a week or so to sort out.



Havent had the best 2 weeks, got made redundant this week, then last week I tore my cruciate ligament in my knee for the second time, so I am on crutches with a big brace on my knee and leg, my job at the minute is office based so I am still able to work, but once Friday comes thats it.

Do you think many employers would employ someone on crutches as I am on these for the next 2 months?

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Carley

Are you married? as this will affect your benefits.



Not married no.

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sickly sweet

I don;t know about the help you can get, but really sorry to hear your … I don;t know about the help you can get, but really sorry to hear your bad news. Hopefully you will get some redundancy money to help tide you over until you get the next job. Good luck.



Thanks and unfortunatley not, the company I work for has only been going 20 months and I have been there since day 1, but you have to be there at least 2 years to receive any payment I have read.

dungab123

Not married no.


should be ok then, my benefits stopped after 6 months of claiming job seekers allowance because my wife was working (this was in 2008), luckily i found another job last June.

I think it was £120 a fortnight JSA for 6 months?
Edited by: "Carley" 7th May 2011

start here, and get down the job centre first thing on Monday

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Carley

should be ok then, my benefits stopped after 6 months of claiming job … should be ok then, my benefits stopped after 6 months of claiming job seekers allowance (this was in 2008), luckily i found another job last June.I think it was £120 a fortnight JSA for 6 months?



Thanks gonna need a job quick then, how do people live off that??

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Carley

start here, and get down the job centre first thing on Monday



Thanks, I am still working next week finish Friday, so wont be able to get there till the week after

dungab123

Thanks gonna need a job quick then, how do people live off that??



I dont think they do, do they? Add housing, child benefits etc to that and some earn a pretty penny!

Oh and as for finding a job, i found the job centre to be utterly useless. The only way i found my current job was through a recruitment agency, make sure you register your details with as many as you can.

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Carley

Oh and as for finding a job, i found the job centre to be utterly … Oh and as for finding a job, i found the job centre to be utterly useless. The only way i found my current job was through a recruitment agency, make sure you register your details with as many as you can.



How quick did you get one with the agency?

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Don't you get a redundancy package? I could live at home for 20 months before having to find a job with mine I would look for a job with better benefits.

dungab123

How quick did you get one with the agency?


Still took 18 months, but your situation might be different.

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lumoruk

Don't you get a redundancy package? I could live at home for 20 months … Don't you get a redundancy package? I could live at home for 20 months before having to find a job with mine I would look for a job with better benefits.



No you have to be working for the company for over 2 years

i had this 2 christmas ago horrible feeling dont let yourself get down be positive from the start persistance pays off

maybe be prepaired to retrain also

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Carley

Still took 18 months, but your situation might be different.



How did you manage without a job for 18 months?

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Sh0rty

i had this 2 christmas ago horrible feeling dont let yourself get down be … i had this 2 christmas ago horrible feeling dont let yourself get down be positive from the start persistance pays off maybe be prepaired to retrain also



Thanks, it has been getting me down alot. Worrying how bills will get paid and stuff.
Just hope I get something soon

i dont know if this is correct as i might be thinking of something else but does your employer not have to give you time off to help you get another job, im probably wrong but might be worth asking or at least asking if you can have half a day to go to the job centre to sort things out, also you might be better to ring your local job centre office to get an appointment.

Just register with alot of agencies they will give you jobs and here. Havent you saved any money just incase these things happen?

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MarzBarz

Just register with alot of agencies they will give you jobs and here. … Just register with alot of agencies they will give you jobs and here. Havent you saved any money just incase these things happen?



Yeah I always keep £1000 in savings, if this happens, but this wont last long if i am out of a job for a few weeks

dungab123

How did you manage without a job for 18 months?


I had a few grand redundancy and I sold everything i owned of high value, luckily i have a small mortgage and mortgage protection covered me for 12 months as well, also as i said my wife worked.

Was put in a similar situation almost 3 years ago... I feel for you mate, an experience i would never want to repeat. Find out i was being made redundant, 2 weeks later, found out my wife was pregnant with our first child.. So pressure was really on.

Took me 2-3 months to find another job, kept having to expand my search to find the right position in the industry i had worked in. Ended up moving 80 miles from where i used to live - best decision i ever made. I now work for a company who has been around since the 1980s, with some some cracking people and a great atmosphere.

Only advice i can give... Keep looking, if you dont find a job in 2-4 weeks, expand your search by 20 miles.. Again.. 2 weeks later.. Expand it further.. Be prepared to move if you're able to.

And remember.. It will work out eventually if you keep looking.. Keep positive, even when it's hard.

I watched a film call "The Company Men" the other week, about people being made redundant at the height of the recession... Made me feel sick to my stomach. There is nothing more demoralizing or soul destroying than losing your job unexpectedly.

All the best.

Edited by: "spritey" 8th May 2011

Important thing is not to let it get you down, whatever you do get out of the house, even if it's just a walk in the park (or circulating cv's around businesses) do not switch the TV on before 6pm!

Good luck...
Edited by: "Carley" 8th May 2011

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spritey

Was put in a similar situation almost 3 years ago... I feel for you mate, … Was put in a similar situation almost 3 years ago... I feel for you mate, an experience i would never want to repeat. Find out i was being made redundant, 2 weeks later, found out my wife was pregnant with our first child.. So pressure was really on.Took me 2-3 months to find another job, kept having to expand my search to find the right position in the industry i had worked in. Ended up moving 80 miles from where i used to live - best decision i ever made. Only advice i can give... Keep looking, if you dont find a job in 2-4 weeks, expand your search by 20 miles.. Again.. 2 weeks later.. Expand it again.. Be prepared to move if you're able to.




Prob wouldnt be able to move, but would have no qualms in travelling everyday.

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How much did you earn in your last job?
There is a good chance you will be better off on the dole.

dungab123

Prob wouldnt be able to move, but would have no qualms in travelling … Prob wouldnt be able to move, but would have no qualms in travelling everyday.



Expand now then..

Use google maps and enter your postcode.. Work out what is the furthest you'd be willing to travel each day, then circle that around where you live.. Work out which towns / cities are plausible to get it in a reasonable time, then focus on applying for jobs in all those areas. Also, apply to every local agency in those areas.

Blitz it aswell.. Any job, even if it's a remote chance you'll get it.. Apply.. End of the day, all you've wasted is sending in an email, at worst, a couple of sheets of A4 and a stamp.

Also, as a contingency, look at jobs which don't require much experience... Bar work, supermarkets, general shops etc.. Tailor a C.V to suit those positions, have it prepared and ready to go if due to financial reasons you have to start looking at lower paid positions to get through it.

Approach all this like a job.. Get up in the morning like you would for work.. Sit at the computer and don't leave until you're satisfied that you've looked at every job site possible for new listings.. Then repeat.
Edited by: "spritey" 8th May 2011

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greatest666

How much did you earn in your last job?There is a good chance you will be … How much did you earn in your last job?There is a good chance you will be better off on the dole.



I wont be better off on the dole!

phone them from work then or in your lunch break dont wait till next week ffs

dungab123

Thanks, I am still working next week finish Friday, so wont be able to … Thanks, I am still working next week finish Friday, so wont be able to get there till the week after


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i know how you feel, i was in the routine of going to the same place everyday, doing just enough work to get me thru the day and it had some great benefits such as a gym and subsidised canteen, but then i left school and haven't worked since

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dungab123

I wont be better off on the dole!



Sorry to hear about your difficult news.

Lot's of nice people and support on this link:-

forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho…124

Good luck!

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dungab123

Thanks, I am still working next week finish Friday, so wont be able to … Thanks, I am still working next week finish Friday, so wont be able to get there till the week after



You can apply on-line for JSA.

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DLM

You can apply on-line for JSA.



Thank you for your expertise.

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vibeone

Thank you for your expertise.



I have plenty because you know I loved spending my mornings conversing with you whilst waiting for that golden job to come along.

Much love x x

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DLM

I have plenty because you know I loved spending my mornings conversing … I have plenty because you know I loved spending my mornings conversing with you whilst waiting for that golden job to come along.Much love x x



Thank you for your expertise.

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vibeone

Thank you for your expertise.



Anytime x x

There is two types of jsa , one based on the national insurance you have paid in the last two tax years and the other income based. housing benefit and council tax benefit is income based only. so if you live olone you will be entitled to benefits.

Firstly update or write a c.v. - spend sometime doing this and use the Internet for ideas and structure.

Secondly register with some local agencies that specialise in office work - both temp and perm. Around me that would be Reed, Office Angels.

Thirdly set up some job searches on things like Total Jobs and Monster Jobs.

Regarding job seekers allowance I believe it's around £70 per week. Start the process off ASAP - you can also do this online.

Remember it takes on average 5 interviews to get a job so don't disheartened if you don't get the few. Do consider temp jobs as many companies use this to test out people then offer them perm roles if they are ok.

Goodluck
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