Coping with redundancy

There is a common misconception that somehow the pharmaceutical industry is immune to the effects of economic crisis. After all, people need healthcare regardless of what is happening in the economy. In fact, the UK pharmaceutical industry has been awash with redundancies during periods of recession.

If you haven’t been a victim of redundancy yourself, it is more than likely that you will know someone who has. If you have been made redundant, don’t take it personally, after all, it’s not you that has been made redundant, it’s the job. It is important to bear in mind that, while the impacts of redundancy can be devastating, they can, at the same time, be liberating and will not affect your employability within the pharmaceutical industry. Try to think of your redundancy as an opportunity for change.

So, how can you move on and get your next top pharmaceutical job? Here are a few tips:

1. Remember, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know: Stay connected with your work colleagues and client contacts – you never know when they might be able to help you further along the line.

2. Never give up: When you are made redundant, your confidence can take a real knock and the prospect of getting back into the pharmaceutical jobs market can be a daunting one. Although it may be easier said than done, it is important that you stay positive. Try to think of redundancy as a liberating experience. Even in today’s difficult job market there are still plenty of exciting opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry out there, you just need to get out there and find them! Here are some tips to improve your chances of finding your next big break:

– Update your CV: A great CV is the key to getting your next great pharmaceutical job. Both employers and recruiters within the pharmaceutical industry can receive 100’s of CV’s for every pharmaceutical related vacancy they advertise, so it is important that your CV stands out from the rest. You should use your CV to showcase your strengths and to sell your pharmaceutical background to the reader, demonstrating that you are the right person for that particular pharmaceutical job. For more CV writing tips, click here.

Get surfing: There are lots of online resources you can use to get your next job in pharma. Some great online job boards include and In addition, you quickly and easily search CK Clinical’s website for the latest job opportunities in the pharmaceutical and clinical industry. To search for CK Clinical’s latest pharmaceutical job opportunities, click here.

Get social networking: When you have been made redundant is it more important than ever that you use all the tools you can to find your next job. One important tool is social media. By using social media you can build your personal brand and enhance your professional reputation. Social media can also help bring you closer to finding that perfect pharmaceutical job by helping you to establish a relationship with recruitment agencies and potential employers.

3. Explaining redundancy to your next employer: Redundancy is nothing to be ashamed of, so be honest and upfront with your next employer whilst putting a positive spin on things.

Dont forget to speak to one of our sector specialist consultants who will be able to help you with your new job search.