If you have been made redundant, sacked or driven out of work for some other reason, you might be experiencing one of the most challenging periods of your life. Following a job loss, a plethora of feelings may follow. You may feel afraid, bitter, frustrated, and hurt. Sometimes, losing your job can seem like a kind of mourning because, for many people, their profession or work is irretrievably connected to their identity and relationships with others.
In these uncertain times, we know many have been let go from their work either temporarily or permanently, and while there is no quick and easy solution, there are ways in which you can help yourself to bounce back fast.
Here, we look at some of the things that you can to do to make the period following a job loss a little easier on you and your family.
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Check your rights
So many of us do not understand our rights and the assistance that we are entitled to if we do not have a job, so before you do anything else, do your research. If you are unsure whether your redundancy or dismissal or the process leading up to it was legally correct, seek the help of a decent employment lawyer. They will give you all of the advice that you need, and if you have been unfairly let go, they will help you to fight your case.
Plan a budget
You are likely going to have less money coming in, so you need to cut your cloth accordingly. Review your finances and cancel any unnecessary subscriptions such as Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime, and look at other ways of saving yourself some cash. Search to see if you could get a better APR on your credit card, or if there’s a better deal on your phone contract. You have no idea how long your period of unemployment is going to last, so think ahead to any events that you have committed to and whether you can rearrange or postpone them for another time.
Clean up your social media
You are going to be applying for new jobs, and in an age where most of us have a profile on at least one social media platform, that is the first place that many potential employers are going to look at. Make sure your profile is set to private, that your public profile picture is nothing likely to put someone off hiring you and clean up anything that they can see. It is always important to remember that once something is online, it leaves a permanent digital footprint.
Refresh your resume
Your resume is likely to be out of date, mainly if you have been in your last job for a while. Cast an eye over it, adding in any new experience, training and qualifications. When it comes to writing your personal statements, remember to be truthful but tailor it to the job that you are applying for.
Connect with your network
This is the time to reach out to other people that you know within the industry and see if they are aware of any opportunities that you may be suitable for. Do not forget to check out places such as LinkedIn – update your profile and keep an eye out for anything worth applying for. It is also a good idea to maintain these connections even when you are in a secure job – you never know when you may need to reach out!
We wish you luck and hope that you and your family are safe, healthy and making it through this very troubling time. Our thoughts are with all of you.