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What to do if you are suddenly without a job

Updated on September 1, 2012

How to Cope When you are Jobless

If you find yourself suddenly without a job, there are some things you need to do.

Jobless. What can be more devastating when you find yourself jobless specially if you have a family? Three of my friends have lost their job in the past year. One is a temporary job, while the other two are semi permanent job. Well nobody is employed forever, jobs are up to the time that you satisfy your bosses, or your company is still satisfied with your performance, or your company had not been affected by the recession.

There are many reasons why a person lost a job, you screwed up badly, or it is just a factor of the recession and that business is bad and you are the first to go.

These being said, there are things you need to do when you are suddenly unemployed.

Tips on what to do when suddenly you are out of job

What to do if you are suddenly without a job?

1. Gather your thoughts and analyze the situation. Think of the experience as a way for you to improve yourself. Think about your next big step. Do you want to pursue another career? Do you want to study more, or do you want to just work and earn money immediately? Some people realized that when they are unemployed they can explore other things or they can now do whatever they like to do. Some try to study and work at the same time, but this really depends on the finances you have. Gather your thoughts and focus more on what path you are going to follow?

2. Check your finances, how long can you stretch your money, or do you have money at all? Brace for the hard times and be prepared for it. Hold on to your money. Check your options -- unemployment pension, insurance if you have any, retirement funds. I would suggest avoid withdrawing on it (retirement fund) unless your needs are critical.

3. Keep your head up. Don’t lose confidence in yourself. Avoid procrastination and talking ill about your past employer. If you think that something is wrong and you were treated unfairly, try to consult a lawyer for initial consultation (usually it is free for the first consultation) and you can do something about it. While doing this, don’t sulk and find ways to make yourself busy, otherwise you will become depressed and start your option immediately.

4. Find another job: How?

If you have decided to find a job as soon as possible, first step is to prepare a well detailed resume: Give your full name, phone number email address. State well your rationale for applying for the job, list the level of education you received, and relate some skills necessary for the job you are applying. Give the details of your previous employment. Specify the goals you set and received in your last employment and what you did to help achieve the goal.

You can include interests, skills, hobbies and state your character strength. You may have to adjust your résumé for each application because each company has its own objective.

Get a notebook to write the addresses, telephone numbers of prospective employers. After securing a copy of it (mostly you can find them in employment office), or if you have internet, go to MSN career builders, yahoo, snazzy, to name a few to find job availability in your area, and read carefully the instructions and qualifications needed for the job specifications. You can also scour the newspaper for job availability. List them all in your notebook. Read carefully the details of job specifications and how you can respond to it. Ask friends and other social connections if they know of any openings.

4. -- If you are called for an Interview:

  • Be prepared for the interview meaning you have read and master what you have written in your resume.
  • Read something about the company you are applying, objectives, and history are important things to know, how you can contribute to their objective etc.
  • Know your worth, specially of they ask you what range of salary you are expecting
  • Appearance -- presentable and decent
  • Talk with enough loudness and look them in the eye when you are talking
  • Don’t be late for the interview
  • Put off your cell phone, concentrate, avoid mannerisms
  • Answer them directly and honestly.
  • Be adaptable meaning if they asked you if you can work extra more hours and learn some more skills, just be positive about it
  • Don’t talk negatively about your past employers

There you go, I hope these tips will help you on what to do if you are suddenly without a job.


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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from US

      gmwilliams, I totally agree with what you said and thank you for commenting. Spot on about the savings. ;)

      I know somebody who was jobless for a whole year, he is the sole earner in the family of six and it was hard for the family. I let him read this hub and it helped him a lot aside from talking to him and his wife. They are both my friend.

    • gmwilliams profile image

      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Prettydarkhorse, excellent hub. You have elucidated some great tips on surviving being either laid off or terminated. It is extremely psychologically damaging to be without employment especially in these precarious socioeconomic times.

      Many employers know that these are precarious times and they often use that as a ruse to get employees to fall into line. Many employees are subjected to abusive work environments but they are afraid to complain because they know that they will be let go in retaliation. In addition to that, many states have an at will employment policy i.e. an employee can be let go at any time and for any reason as long it is not discriminatory in accordance to local, state, and federal equal employment practices.

      Depending upon circumstances, employees who are laid off are looked upon more positively than those who are terminated, especially for cause. Many employers are extremely loathe to hire the latter because he/she is considered damaged goods so to speak. However, there are some employers who take a chance and hired fired employees; however, these employees will be closely scrutinized for the first few weeks.

      It is also good for employees to have six months' to a year's savings to tide them over during the time they are unemployed. It is also not good to be unemployed over a certain period as many employers view employees who are unemployed beyond a certain time frame to be unreliable and unstable. Many jobs advertise that they do not want those who are unemployed and actually preferring those who are employed. Sometimes one has to get a less than desirable job to prove to employers that he/she is working.

      Again, great hub, voted up. This hub should be recommended reading for those who have lost their jobs either through layoffs or terminations. Unless one is terminated for egregious circumstances such as misconduct, there is still hope for further employment.

    • LeanMan profile image


      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Good hub in these days of job uncertainty.. Don't know where my job will be in next few months... keeping my fingers crossed and working hard... need the money...

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi hubby, will check your hubs, I am glad you are never unemployed these days it is difficult to be unemployed, thank you, good morning, maita

    • hubby7 profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago

      Nice tips. Hopefully, I won't be without a job soon. I've been there and none that a number of time. Just in case that ever happens again, I will revisit your hub over and over again. By the way: I answered your question in respect to women being able to do squats on my hub about squats. Will post back to you soon.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      thank you jonathan acosta, Maita

    • jonathanacosta17 profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      a real nugget of wisdom. thanks for this.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      Thanks Benz, nice car...

    • Benz B profile image

      Benz B 

      9 years ago

      Great hub and excellent tips.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, thanks for the read, this is too late for you LOL,I hope youre ok now,,, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      You are welcome, you can be ny personal assistant, LOL, I know you will never get fired, you are intelligent and good, Maita

    • tony0724 profile image


      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Maita if I were to lose my job can I come and live with you ? I will mow the lawn , take out the trash and I can cook too ! Plus I am handy around the house . Anyway in todays current economic climate this is some sound advice here . Good job .

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      thanks wavegirl for reading this hub! Maita

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You detailed some really good advice for those of us who have lost our jobs, Maita. I've been through this once, when I "suddenly lost my job." It can be a harrowing experience, but could also be a rewarding experience, depending on one's outlook. Great job writing this!


    • wavegirl22 profile image


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Pretty . .not only are you Organized . .but you are one smart lady .as usual another great Hub !


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