4 Steps To Deal With A Termination
It happens to everyone. Try to honestly identify what happened - what caused it? Are you to blame, was it the company restructuring, or something else? Figuring out the root cause is the first step to getting back on your feet.
1 - Apply for unemployment
If you were let go through no fault of your own, you’re probably eligible for unemployment. Do a quick search for ‘[your state name] unemployment’ to find the .gov website to apply for it. Eligibility and applications vary depending on the state. This can help you stay on top of bills and not fall behind - if you don’t need unemployment benefits to do so, that’s great! Note: If you were an independent contractor (1099), you most likely are not eligible for unemployment.
2 - Update your resume
Assuming you haven’t already done so, it’s time to update your resume and any online job search sites you have a profile on (including Jobcase!) with current, up-to-date information about your work experience. Did you learn a new software tool at your most recent job? Perhaps you were responsible for an important account or you introduced changes that resulted in better workplace efficiency - add that! If you need help with what you should put on your resume, check out this conversation.
3 - Figure out a budget
Whether or not you filed for unemployment and are receiving benefits or living off your savings, you want to establish a budget to make sure you aren’t living beyond your means. No more eating out - use coupons, try a new recipe for whatever ingredients were on sale at the grocery store. Cancel monthly subscriptions to luxury expenses.. Netflix? Spotify? Gone until you get a new job. If you want a step-by-step guide on budgeting, click here.
4 - Use your network
If you went to college, they probably have a career services center of some kind. They will almost always help alumni, and have access to a variety of company and job search resources that can help you. Send them an email and let them know you are back on the job search - they’ll be happy to help. If not, reach out to your family, friends, and old co-workers and tell them you’re looking for a new job and ask if you can send your resume to them. You should also attend any professional meetups/networking events in your area, as it can help you find people with businesses that are hiring!
I hope this helps anyone who feels lost or stressed from losing their job. If you have any additional advice or if this helped you, please comment below!