What to do when you lose your job.

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You've lost a job, but not a career. Think of this time as a transition period to venture into building your career path.

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You wake up and get ready for work. For some reason you feel nervous because you heard the company is in the process of retrenching some of its staff. So you keep hoping that you’re not on the list. When you get to work, the manager calls you into his office. You walk in and take a sit.

 After a lengthy talk you hear the words, “I’m sorry to inform you but we are letting you go.” The minute you hear those words you zone out from the rest of the conversation. What now? It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole and wallow in self-pity. The process of what comes after seems hard but it is necessary. You can bounce back from it and here’s how:

1. Be positive

Immediately after you’ve your lost job, you find yourself experiencing a range of emotions like anger, panic and frustration. It is understandable for you to question how to find any positivity about that. Think of this time as a transition period to venture into building your career path. You can also reach out to a professional career coach who can guide you through it. 

2. Create a budget

Determine how long your finances can last. Figure out exactly how much you’ve got to work with. Avoid accumulating debt and make some adjustments to your spending. 

3. Develop your skills

You don’t have to go straight into looking for a new job. Update your resume. Take advantage of the time you have to remain relevant and ahead in the current industry market. Improve your skills by attending short courses or seminars. This will make a difference and increases your chances of employment.

4. Network

Don’t be ashamed to reach out to some of your contacts like friends, former colleagues and recruiters to let them know you’re available for new opportunities. Attend events/forums and build professional relationships.

5. Prepare

“Why did you leave your previous job?” There is no denying that this question will come up during a future interview. Each time you answer come up with an honest but professional answer. Don’t delve too much into why you were let go but how you used that time.  

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    Christine | November 21, 2020 09:29

    Thanks

    Joseph | November 20, 2020 04:20

    The story corresponds well with what I went through a month a go,working for the biggest digital market Co. In Kenya was a big opportunity. It just came as a shock and had to take it positive because the company was struggling especially in the pandemic error. Being positive as helped me a great deal taking free courses on Fuzu while applying for 2 jobs a day. The advice above is worth

    Nowamani | November 13, 2020 22:04

    Wonderful piece of advice

    George | November 13, 2020 11:19

    Quite insightful, 7 months down the line yet to get.

    Joel | November 13, 2020 11:09

    I once lost my job not that I had done anything wrong but called just the same way as you have put it (Being called by your Manager only thinking that its a normal work discussion only to find that the worst is yet to be said by him. I hustled for more than a year through casual jobs so that end s could meet for my family. At the same time I made sure that a day could not pass without me apply for a job. So the advice above is precious and helpful.

    JACKLINE | November 13, 2020 07:06

    A good advice,and very helpful

    JOSEPH | November 12, 2020 13:58

    This is of great help .thanks.

    Mbai | November 12, 2020 13:13

    Good & helpful

    mugagga | November 12, 2020 05:48

    Wao,noted...n being that am one of them....let me put it in practice starting now.....thx

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    Fuzu | November 12, 2020 14:22

    You are welcome Mugagga.

    Owiny | November 11, 2020 17:02

    That's great my bro, thanx for the advice.

    DENARD | November 11, 2020 16:09

    That is great

    DENNIS | November 11, 2020 13:56

    Great advice to welcome

    Peter | November 11, 2020 12:07

    Truth .Adjusting to this new situation is a revelation in itself

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    Fuzu | November 12, 2020 14:23

    Well said Peter.

    ONESMUS | November 11, 2020 04:56

    well noted

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    Themba | November 12, 2020 08:55

    Thanks

    George | November 10, 2020 22:09

    Great insights but to general

    Noel | November 10, 2020 21:12

    Thanks for the tips, very important indeed.

    Afako | November 10, 2020 09:41

    That's great

    David | November 10, 2020 07:45

    Be strong and courageous

    Gamusi | November 09, 2020 15:33

    We'll said thanks a lot.

    Omega | November 09, 2020 11:14

    Thanks for this,, no more tym to b anxious after luzn job

    Nakamoga | November 09, 2020 11:12

    it's quite encouraging

    Charles | November 09, 2020 11:03

    This has happened to me in the last 3months it has not been easy.Am still trying to find a replacement for my lost job so kindly connect me to any employer who is hiring.I have both diploma and degree in electrical and electronic engineering.Thank you

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    Fuzu | November 12, 2020 14:25

    Hi Charles, it will definitely get better for you. Look for engineering opportunities under the 'Jobs' section.

    SANDE | November 09, 2020 09:51

    Encouraging young people to develope on their talents

    Timothy | November 09, 2020 09:11

    Done all the 5 things but Covid 19 came around the same time eight months after I have exhausted my reserves and jobs are not coming by. This life is not easy. Anyhow thanks for the piece of advice.

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    John | November 09, 2020 14:09

    Same here bro. Got hit hard by it but barely floating through this pandemic

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    Keren | November 10, 2020 06:36

    you are a strong person.

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    SIMON | November 11, 2020 16:43

    Your situation is no different from mine. I have been seeking a job after losing the previous one exactly a year ago. I have done so many applicarions and nothing comes by

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    Fuzu | November 12, 2020 14:26

    You are welcome Timothy, remain hopeful.

    Geoffrey | November 09, 2020 08:54

    Well put.

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    NICHOLAS | November 10, 2020 08:57

    Yah

    Ruth | November 08, 2020 01:07

    Good advice

    Ingolan | November 07, 2020 01:32

    very encouraging

    Abdi | November 07, 2020 00:39

    Thank you very much

    Evans | November 06, 2020 15:00

    A very good encouragement

    Tobias | November 06, 2020 12:58

    A very good piece of advice and information. Thanks for sharing

    KENNEDY | November 06, 2020 02:53

    Encuriouging message

    Geofrey | November 05, 2020 22:14

    Good

    John | November 05, 2020 13:42

    Encouraging entry to new ventures. New hope

    Lubinga | November 05, 2020 11:15

    nice

    Salome | November 05, 2020 10:44

    A good advice indeed

    Geoffrey | November 05, 2020 09:09

    Wonderful

    Thomas | November 05, 2020 07:33

    This is quite helpful


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