I Lost My Job, Now What Do I Do?

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has lost their job due to Covid-19, let us just say: hang in there. While you’re certainly not alone, that fact barely softens the blow nor does it remove the pressure of that kind of financial strain. Here are a few steps you can take if you lost your job due to covid-19.

  1. Take a deep breath. It might be tempting to sound off on Facebook or to get sassy with the person delivering the bad news. Before you do, remember that those Facebook friends are your network and that manager is the person who can write your letter of recommendation for the next job. Remind yourself that this is temporary.
  2. Feel your feelings. Keep your cool in public, but don’t bury your anxiety. Go for a run, call a buddy, just allow yourself to be sad/stressed/anxious/angry for a while.
  3. Apply for unemployment. Try to do this early as there are delays related to the number of people who are affected by Covid-19. Even if your job cut back on hours, you may still qualify so do some research on what your state offers.
  4. Prioritize health coverage. If you lost your healthcare with your job, be sure to look for a new plan right away. The last thing you’ll want is additional financial burden in the event that you get sick or injured.
  5. Reassess your budget and expenses. Now is a good time to cut the fat. Review your monthly subscriptions and spending habits. If you have student loans or a mortgage, contact your lender to see how they can help.
  6. Consider a temporary roleDid you know that we offer both temporary and full-time job placement? Even if you haven’t considered temporary work before, you may want to find something to hold you over until your next job.
  7. Enjoy your free time. This could be the toughest one, but spend your spare time doing those thing you were too busy to do before. Cook with your family, go for a long walk, or call an old friend.