Things to be avoided to see you through the tough phase of a job loss:
It is like your whole world crumbling down like a pack of cards arranged atop each other when you are faced with this harsh reality of having lost your job. For a level-headed approach to deal with this grim situation, some things should be avoided from the word “go”.
1. Coming across as a frustrated person
When you are laid off without any rhyme or reason, it is all the more natural to be frustrated, angst driven, irritable and with a very low self image. But this frustration should not come out in front of others, especially, your prospective employer. If your frustration comes to the fore, you will be left out socially and employers will shy away from hiring you. For this, you can give a positive bend to your story that you had a learning experience, rather than cribbing about the injustice meted out to you.
2. Do not rush into accepting part-time jobs
When you are in a rush to get some cash inflow or ready finances, you may take up small part-time jobs. This is not wrong but one should be judicious in the choice of part-time jobs. This is because most part-time jobs tend to gnaw away into your share of unemployment compensation. As per Federal as well as State rules and provisions, the unemployment benefits are extended to a person only in those weeks where he/ she is not employed in any part-time job. So, one needs to be very careful in his/ her choice of a part-time job. Preferably, you can opt for a part-time job where your remuneration is more than that time period’s unemployment compensation. Then it will be of good avail.
3. Do not get bogged down by things which are beyond your control
Here you need a breather. Even if you have lost your job, the first thing to be done here is to be on top of things. So, there is no point building plans on the unpredictable premise of whether the new interview will be fruitful or for that matter, tearing your hair in despair while on a domestic cost-cutting spree. Relax! You have more important things to take care of.
4. Do not use your retirement funds for your daily living expenses
Your support systems can vary from unemployment compensation to money salvaged by cost cutting. But the lure of using retirement funds and savings should be avoided, because mostly, withdrawal from them entails the levy of a penalty.
5. Do not over spend on finding a new job
It definitely seems like a mad rush of interviews or applications galore till you finally get a good job replacement after losing your job. But it is good to go for one at a time or few at a time, that too chosen to meet your own requirements rather than clubbing yourself with interviews and overspending on them by applying for any and every job you come across. The idea is to choose your future and hence your job judiciously.
These don’ts are a big must to start with after you lose your job, so that you can bring your life back on track, effectively.