The Five Worst Things You Can Do After You Lose Your Job

When boss yanks your job out from under your feet, the result can be devastating. Whether you’re fired because of misbehavior on your part or a mistake on the company’s part, it feels awful. If you’re laid off, you at least have the comfort of knowing it wasn’t your fault, but that doesn’t change the fact that you had a job yesterday and you don’t have one today.

Lots of people have been fired or laid off before–myself included. Most people bounce back and often end up better off than they were before (I know I did). If you want to bounce back (which you do), here are five things you should not do. They will only make the situation worse.

1. Bash Your Former Employer on Social Media.

Sure, you’ve seen many cases where someone gets fired and takes to social media and the employer caves and everyone lives happily ever after. That gets reported in the news precisely because it is unusual. Most likely, if you go to social media it will make things worse for you.

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8 thoughts on “The Five Worst Things You Can Do After You Lose Your Job

  1. Re #4–if it’s a surprise layoff and you have a weekend coming up, I think it’s fine to take a couple of days to regroup. I got unexpectedly laid off from my last job on a Thursday. I filed for unemployment online the second I got home (it was right after lunch). Then I took Friday to run some errands and get my resume cleaned up. Saturday and Sunday were recovery days. Because gah!

    I cannot emphasize enough to file for unemployment IMMEDIATELY. It takes a week to process even if they get it right away. Lucky for me, I had six weeks’ severance pay, but I filed anyway and they started it the week after my severance ran out.

    A firing for cause should never be a surprise, IMO. I know many managers suck at documentation and discipline, but if you are fired for misbehavior, you should have seen that one coming.

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry. Let me know if I can do anything to help, and I mean that.

      I mean, I know you’re quite capable of landing on your feet, but please, let me know if I can do something for you.

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