The hardest part about loosing your job is not the day you pack up your things and walk out of the office. The hardest part is the next morning when you wake up and realize there is no longer an office to go to and you now have to adjust to your new job: an unemployed job seeker. For those who have been in a job search for a while, you know that looking for a new job is a job in itself- only you don’t get paid for it.
If you’ve recently lost your job, it’s not the end of the world. You now have the exciting opportunity to land a bigger and better job. What’s important is making sure that you make the transition from one paid role to the next an easy one. Here are five things that you can do the day after a layoff to make a smooth transition.
1. Create a budget – Focus your budget on your basic living necessities such as food, utilities, shelter, transportation, and clothing. If you owe any money in debt, allocate only enough money in your budget to pay the minimum balance. The job search process is all about survival.
2.Cutback on your lifestyle – Find ways to limit extra expenses by doing things such as using coupons, shopping from the sale rack, and eating more home cooked meals
3.File for unemployment benefits – You can receive up to $400 per week in benefits. This creates the additional cash flow that you need to pay your basic bills.
4. See your doctor for a checkup – If you can’t afford to keep your health insurance through the COBRA program, be sure to make a check up appointment with your doctor before your health benefits run out.
5. Get a Career Coach – One of the best ways to make sure that you are marketing yourself properly to gain assess to all of the available job opportunities in the market today and land your next job sooner, is by getting the help of a career coach.