HOW TO SURVIVE losing your job
The dreaded words ‘you’re fired’ still ringing in your ears, you’ve done the walk of shame
with your cardboard box crammed with paperclips and a half-dead pot plant, and now
you’re out in the big bad world of the job market. What to do?
1 Get a second opinion about your dismissal.
Depending on the circumstances, it can
be useful to speak to a lawyer or a union.
‘Wrongful termination’ does happen and there
are laws to protect workers. Listen carefully to
what the Human Resources department says
and know your rights.
2 Check what you’re entitled to in the way
of support. If redundancy is being offered,
the amount will typically be dependent on the
length of time served. If you receive a payout,
bank it, don’t spend it on whisky. Analyse
your expenditure and work out where you can
cut back in the short term while maintaining
essential payments (mortgage, schooling,
insurance, credit cards, not whisky).
3 Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
Reach out to your network of contacts –
you have been maintaining your contacts,
haven’t you? Update your recommendations,
references and photos. Follow potential
employers on social media so you get wind
of vacancies or projects that suit your skills.
4 Consider retraining. Perhaps this is the right
time to do something completely different?
There may be grants available to help you
change career or set up a business.
5 Let yourself grieve. You may have really,
really liked your former colleagues and your job.
It’s OK to feel sad. Talk to others and share the
pain. Then put your best foot forwards.