What To Do When You Lose Your Job

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jobsectionTimes are tough these days, with the economy in dire straits and a Conservative government in power things are not looking good in the job market right now and unemployment is fast on the rise.

Losing your job is a particularly scary affair, you’re suddenly plunged into a situation where you can’t afford to pay your rent and bills and for many of us you may have a family to feed as well as looking after yourself.

One of the key things in this situation is not to let depression set in, you need to get active immediately and make sure you keep busy to stave off those sadness pangs. Another great idea is to speak to your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau as they can give you very specific advice relevant to your situation.

Personal Advice

First things first, below are some extremely important tips in regards to how to claim benefits and what you’re entitled to – but first we wanted to share some personal advice on how to cope with the situation and the emotions it brings.

#1 Don’t Panic

This is easier said than done but it’s extremely import, take a deep breath and let it out slowly, if you’re going to fix this problem you’re going to need a calm and calculating mind free from anxiety. Chat with friends and loved ones about what to do and what your priorities are in life – this could actually be your opportunity to make a fresh start!

#2 Don’t Burn Your Bridges

Whilst it’s tempting to tell everyone in your office just how much you hated them this is an extremely bad idea – the chances are you’ll be working in the same industry in the future and you may very well need those people’s work reference or even worse – they could potentially be your manager at another company down the line.

#3 Do Make Sure You Maintain Social Links

We’re not talking about Facebook here either! Unemployed people often become depressed and end up missing social engagements. This is one of the worst things you can do. Your friends are your support group in life so make sure you keep up your social activities as much as possible, it’ll keep you feeling better and more confident and also you’re more likely to bump into someone who could help you find a new job too.

Benefits Advice

It’s important to start the benefits application process as fast as possible once you’ve lost your job. With bills to pay and mouths to feed it’s imperative that you start checking out what you’re entitled to and how to claim it. Below are a list of our top tips.

#1 Use a Benefits Calculator.

A benefits calculator will help you decide which benefits you’re entitled to and which you should claim regarding your specific circumstances. There are many to choose from on the internet but this benefits calculator is a particularly good one.

#2 Get Signing Fast

To ensure you don’t end up in debt you need to start signing on as quickly as possible – if you’re having difficulties with the benefits calculator your best bet is to try to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance as it is the primary benefit available to the unemployed.

So – that’s all for today folks! Remember – losing your job isn’t the end of life – in fact, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to start a whole new one!

I am a copywriter and poet with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Creative Writing. I have worked in various marketing & creative roles since 2001. My aim is to publish at least one novel before I die – so far I have had 2 poems published internationally in print as well as some online. In my professional capacity I currently work for an advertising agency in London.  Richard Newman


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