Losing Your Job

Losing your job is a hard and challenging time for anyone. However, on the flip side, it can be one of the best things that can happen to you. It is all about what to do when you lose your job and how to move on to new prospects, quickly.

It could be traumatic and emotional to be laid off and even worse if you have been fired, especially if it was unexpected. Losing your job can take its toll on your personal life, and you may grieve the loss of connections to work friends. You will need to give yourself some time to mourn, especially if you loved your job. But the sooner you're over it, the better. But first, let us talk about the different types of dismissal.

What Are The Different Types Of Dismissal?

Dismissal can be a tricky and heated debate. But if we look at termination in a factual way you can see there are two types of dismissal, fair dismissal and unfair dismissal.

Here are some situations your employer may dismiss you fairly;

  • You are not able to do your job correctly. You may have been struggling to learn a new computer system, or you don't get along with your colleagues - despite being trained or warned about your behaviour.

  • Illness. Yes, you can be dismissed fairly for illness. In this case, the illness must be long term and is making it impossible for you to do your job. However, your employer must give you a reasonable amount of time to recover.

  • Redundancy. Your employer needs to reduce its workforce.

  • Gross Misconduct. You can be fired on the spot, and your employer doesn't have to go through a dismissal procedure. Being fired for gross misconduct happens if you're violent towards a colleague, customer or property. Or misbehave, like harassment towards a colleague or customer.

  • Statutory Restriction. You're let go if by keeping you employed, your employer is breaking the law. For example, if you drive a van and you lost your drivers licence.

  • Substantial Reason. You can be dismissed fairly by refusing to comply with a company reorganisation and/or employment terms. You will also be fired if you're sent to prison.

  • Impossible To Keep You. You can be fired for reasons out of your control, such as your workplace building burning down.

You may have lost your job for any of these reasons above. Perhaps it was fair, or maybe it was unfair. If you think your dismissal was unfair - you should seek legal advice.

What To Do When You Lose Your Job?

Even though you may be feeling hurt and angry right now, sometimes losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you. Think of it like this, a brand new chapter in your life. Look back over your experience and see what you can learn from it to improve - and move on. But what to do when you lose your job? We have some tips for you;

  • Apply for job seeker's allowance. Any extra cash you can get will help. It is also your right to to apply for it.

  • Create a budget. The money will be tight so that budgeting will help you.

  • Update your CV. You need to include all the lastest experience you have had and give your CV a revamp.

  • Clean up your social media accounts. Potential new employers may Google you, make sure they don't see something you don't want them to see.

  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Make sure all the information on your profile matches your CV.

  • Networking. There is nothing to be ashamed of when you lose your job. Talking about it with friends and family, you will be surprised how many people will want to help you and provide connections to various workplaces.

  • Learn new skills. Perhaps you need new skills for that new job you want. You have time to do it.

  • Apply for jobs. You should also write targeted cover letters for the positions you're applying for.

  • Practice interviewing. Read our interview tips for some ideas.

  • Don't get discouraged. You will get rejected and ignored. But one of your job applications will turn out good.

The worst things you can do after losing your job is nothing. You won't necessarily walk into a new job straight away, so being proactive during your unemployment is wise. Losing your jobs has its downsides, but it also has its ups. You get the opportunity to realise what you want to do, and you also have the time to learn the skills to do it. Your current job status does not define you.

You may struggle to get into a routine after losing your job. Give yourself a set time you wake up and go to bed each day, and make searching for a job your job. Give yourself a goal, such as applying for two job posts a day, and make sure to improve your CV and follow the tips mentioned above. You will feel a sense of achievement.

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