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What To Do When You Lose Your Job: Practical Solutions To Help You Cope

Losing your job can have implications for all areas of life. It can affect your finances, but also your self-esteem and your mental wellbeing. If you’ve lost your job, don’t lose heart. Here are some practical tips to help you cope.

Know your rights
Have you been dismissed or have you lost your job as a result of poor health? If so, the first thing you should do is research your legal rights as a US employee. If your employer has dismissed you unfairly, you have the right to challenge the decision and claim compensation. If you have questions about worker’s compensation or you had to give up your job following an accident at work, it’s worth researching sites like If you do have a case, you have a much higher chance of success if you have experienced attorneys in your corner.  

Job hunting
You may not be in the frame of mind for job hunting, but try and get back on the horse as quickly as possible. Working is proven to be good for your mental health, as well as helping you put food on the table. It gives you a purpose and a sense of worth. Job hunting can be time-consuming, and you may have to take a lot of rejections before you get an offer. But be persistent, and don’t give up. You can maximize your chances of finding a role by searching online, and signing up for alerts. It’s also a good idea to look for vacancies on local newspapers and to register with recruitment agencies. If you’re looking for work now, you may find that many companies are offering temporary seasonal jobs. Even if you’re looking for a permanent role, it may be worth taking a short-term contract. This way, you can continue your search while you’re earning.

When you’re searching for jobs, make sure you’re prepared. Check your resume, and update it. If you’re having trouble, search for tips online, or ask a recruitment agent for advice. Draw up a sample cover letter, and get yourself ready for interviews. If you do get a shot, the interview is your chance to showcase your abilities and convince the employer that you’re the best candidate.

Keeping busy
When you have a job, you have structured days, which keep you busy. If you’re unemployed, you can become bored very quickly. You may struggle to fill your time. While you’re searching for a new job, keep your mind occupied. Volunteering is a really constructive use of your time. It may also give you ideas for future employment. It’s also a good idea to exercise on a regular basis and to try and get out of the house every day.

Losing your job, especially around Christmas, can be incredibly tough. The key to coping lies in the ability to bounce back, and try and be as productive as possible. Start looking for new jobs, and try and use your time constructively. If you’ve been dismissed unfairly by an employer, seek legal advice.


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