I got made redundant last year, took some time out (and did two days a week voluntary), but applied for a few jobs for the practice, had a few interviews, then went on a nice long holiday to NZ. Back on the job hunt for real now.
I am lucky in that I got a good redundancy package, but would add to the above advice from personal and friends experience:
1. Get your CV done professionally - it's a huge part of opening doors for you. Swallow your pride. The lady at the Job Centre (well the training firm they contracted the work to) spent most of the day on mine, as all the other people on the course had about 3 teeth between them and were just there because they had to be. And it seems to be hitting the target better than it ever did, although I did have to be talked into letting her use the word "systemic".
2. I don't agree with the scatter gun approach for applying for jobs. It will be demoralising. In my last position I was often involved in sifting applications, and why people thought that a PhD made them a viable candidate for a Library Assistant position I will never know. You want to recruit the right person for the job, and preferably somebody who will stay. So, and this is of course my personal view, other views may differ - target your CVs and applications. I am working through a list of organisations that may need my services. And I am not applying for Library Assistant jobs as that is a waste of both my time and the recruiters.
3. Having said that, I had 3 interviews last year, and I didn't want any of the jobs really was just in it for the practice. Employers do it to us all the time so I have no guilt. Interview skills are very hard to learn and practice, but do what you can in terms of prepping some answers to likely questions.
4. Exploit your friends, former colleagues, people you get talking to in the pub. Ask everybody you know, again swallow your pride, if they have any temp/contract/grunt work you can do while you look for a job. I have scored a part-time temp job in a pub and 3 other wee short term jobs that, in two months. A friend of mine in NZ just got offered a job through a friend of a friend. And at the last interview they wanted to know what I had been doing since I got made redundant.
So that's my 20p worth. Good luck !! And ride your bike...