Oh dear! Every employee dreads the words “layoff” and “fired”. When it happens, it feels like the end of the world because of you are out of work. You have bills to pay off, mouths to feed and pockets to fill.
If you got fired or laid off, it is not the end. You are not the only one who experienced this.
Nowadays, companies are cutting back their employee numbers to make the company more efficient. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if a company will lay off workers and when it happens, you must be prepared for the worst.
So, what do you do if you got fired or laid off? Here is a short guide on what you can do next.
When you receive your layoff notice, ask why you got laid off.
It can be hard to accept sometimes if they tell you about your weaknesses. But, it will help you improve on them once you apply for another job. If they tell you that the company is restructuring, it will remove the tensions on you with regards to your performance.
You can also ask questions about other job openings in the company you can try out. You can also ask if they would be willing to give you a recommendation, know when you need to leave the company and find out what you need to do before it happens.
Know your benefits and negotiate
Whenever you sign up for a company, the contract details everything you will get as an employee. It will also indicate what benefits you will get if you get fired or laid off.
But, some companies are not very clear with separation pays and other things the company has to give you when you separate from them. Depending on the policy of the country you are in, there are rules about the responsibilities of companies to employees even if they were laid off.
Check online and with the company about it to ensure that your benefits will be met. If not, negotiate with the company.
If you were terminated without due cause, you can speak to a government workforce agency or hire an employment attorney to help you out.
Sort out your job search
Since you are going to be unemployed, you need to plan out your job search.
You should revise your resume, look at new job offerings and improve your chances in acing the interviews.
While waiting, you can consider doing part-time jobs, freelancing and temporary jobs to support you.
Get some Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you got laid off or fired from work. Some governments do offer unemployment benefits to help out unemployed citizens while they wait for a new job.
Aside from government aid, there are also church and community resources that can help out.
Of course, you can also reach out to your family to help you get by while you wait for a new job.
Look Beyond the Situation
While I know it is hard to be positive at the times like this, you need to look beyond where you are standing right now.
It may be a good opportunity for you to try out different jobs or different industries, after all what do you have to lose?
Or it is the signal you needed to take a long break to recuperate yourself. Take a dream vacation, backpacking to Bhutan or Tibet or help out at the nearest elderly homes and animal shelters.
Finding out Who You Are
When we are putting our 100% effort in our jobs, we tend to forget ourselves. Besides taking time to pamper yourself, you need to reevaluate if your dreams and passions has changed over time.
This will be a great reflection time before you jump into another hectic job, and before you know it, another 5 years has passed before your eyes.
Wake Up Call
Getting fired can be a wake up call that you need in your life. Especially if you have been living from pay check to pay check.
If you do not have any savings to tide you over (for at least 6 months) until you land a job that you want, this is the time to evaluate your expenditure.
Do a Marie Kondo (and yourself a favour) and sell off items that you hadn’t touch for the past one year. That will bring in some extra cash.
Make sure that the next pay check you received, a certain percentage is set aside for rainy days like this. Getting panicky and stressed out over money is just not worth it.
It may take time before you can get another job. Don’t lose hope because a job will come to you. You just have to work hard and be patient. It will come around soon enough and while you wait, take the time to analyze what you can do for your career’s future.
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