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I am losing my job, what can I do?

15 Answers
Last Updated: 03/19/2016 at 9:28am
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Top Rated Answers
September 24th, 2014 3:55am
If it's a job that you are not happy with, it's better to lose it rather than stay behind it for the rest of the life.
October 2nd, 2014 10:48pm
Ask a coworker that you have good rapport with to write a reference.Write down your job duties. Take an assessment of what you really do well at work.Network with like companies, maybe another company is looking for what you offer.
December 24th, 2014 4:27am
First, take some time to do self-care. You are experiencing a lot of stress now, and believe it or not, this is a grief work, because you lost something important (or even, a part of your identity). Second, do reflection, why did you lose your job? If it's because of internal factors, then what can you do to improve? If it's external factors, then tell your self, this is not your fault! Third, try to reevaluate your career values and what you wanna do in life. This might be a good time to think about that or to move to other career / work on your passion. Fourth, start applying for new job with fresher mind.
October 30th, 2014 11:51pm
One thing you can do is try to stay calm and positive. Yes, you're losing your job, but you still have an opportunity to find another one. Who knows the next job might be your dream job.
November 9th, 2014 1:08pm
You can search a new one, or show your boss that you are really unmissable! Be nice to everyone (you always should) and work as hard as you can.
November 10th, 2014 4:53pm
You should think about that and think of what made you feel like you are losing it.Try talking with your boss about things you can and want to do better.
December 8th, 2014 8:51am
Don't panic. Take a deep breath. Make a list of things you need to prioritize: making a budget, getting help, polishing your resume, applying for new jobs. One thing at a time.
January 2nd, 2015 8:53pm
Unless it is certain that you have lost your job, try and talk to your superior to see what seems to be the problem. And if the problem is because of you (and not financial cutbacks) try to change and improve to affirm your place in your workplace. Go the extra-mile and make yourself known… but most of all talk to the person who might fire you and ask how you can improve to show your commitment. Even until your last day, keep trying to do better because even if a job loss is inevitable, you will have a good reference for the next job.
May 20th, 2015 1:47am
As best you can, acknowledge the situation for what it is, remain calm, and prioritize what you need to do. Examine your options, based on your experience, timeframe, and resources. If you know you will lose your job a few weeks (or more) ahead of time, take action immediately to begin finding new work. Have you applied to job sites like Indeed, CareerFinder, Monster, or LinkedIn? Reach out to prospective employers as soon as possible, and take stock of your resources to determine how long you can reasonably expect to be unemployed without exhausting your savings. If necessary, consider downsizing in other areas of life (e.g. move back in with family to save up some money), but all the while do not neglect your mental health. Resources like career placement agencies and unemployment agencies can assist you for little to no cost, and can be invaluable in your search for new work.
May 27th, 2015 2:28pm
Is this your last job?? Then just try for other one. U r capable enough to crack more nuts. U will get more better options then old one
May 27th, 2015 4:15pm
I think the best thing to do is look forward and try to find another job as quick as possible. This may be hard at first, but I'm sure you can do it :)
June 29th, 2015 2:31am
Buy a van. Renovate it to be livable inside (with a bed and stuff). Drive around the country and see stuff and enjoy life!
June 30th, 2015 6:05pm
You can begin to look for a new one. Losing a job is hard, and finding a new one is even harder. But it is possible!
November 9th, 2015 9:39pm
I quit a job I hated last summer and I didn't have anywhere to turn to. What is going to happen next in your life is going to be based on your work and effort and how much you want it. If you want another job immediately and need one, go and put forth all the effort you can. Perfect your resume. Call employers and talk to the people you want to work for. Look at new doors. Often the hardest times turn into great building moments
March 19th, 2016 9:28am
Even though it may feel terrible right now , it really will not be the end of the world. I've been there .... please speak to your supervisor to see if there's anything you can do to change their mind. If not, it's a time to retrospect and take stock and decide how you want to go forward in your life . Your next steps will be dependent on this. Good luck.