Losing a job is one of the most stressful things a person can face. It can happen to anyone, anytime. The good news is that there are resources and tips to help you take care of the basics following a job loss, cope with the loss and successfully make the transition to looking for work.
Six Steps to Take Care of the Basics
Here are some things you need to take care of following your job loss, usually within 1 to 4 weeks.
- Negotiate your severance and settlements. Don’t feel pressured to accept a severance or settlement package immediately. Take some time to think about the offer and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Need legal advice? Use the Law Society of Alberta’s free lawyer referral service to find a lawyer who specializes in labour legislation and layoffs.
- Ask for letters of reference from your former employer. Having reference letters will help you when you’re looking for a new job.
- Requesting a Reference: Who and How to Ask has useful tips about who to ask for a reference, what to ask for, how to ask and more.
- Unavailable or Problem References? What You Can Do offers helpful suggestions if you have weak references or don’t have references.
- Request a Record of Employment (ROE). You need an ROE to collect Employment Insurance. Contact your nearest Service Canada Centre if you haven’t received your ROE within 14 days of your last pay from your employer.
- Apply for Employment Insurance (EI). File your EI claim online or in person at your nearest Service Canada Centre.
- Do some financial planning. Get some advice from your accountant, banker or financial adviser.
- Money Mentors an Alberta not-for-profit counselling agency, can help you manage debt and plan for long-term financial success.
- Stretch your Dollars: Budgeting Basics explains how to budget your money and includes tips for cutting expenses, boosting your income and accessing useful information, services and programs.
- Apply for Income Support – If you don’t have a severance package, aren’t eligible for EI and have no other resources—including family support, investment or savings—you can apply for Income Support assistance through Alberta Community and Social Services.
Cope With Your Loss
Job loss can leave you feeling shocked, confused, helpless and angry. It’s natural for you to wonder, “Why me?” or search for things you may have done wrong. Here are some resources and tips to help you deal with your loss and move on.
- Change and Transitions: The Path From A to B – explores the emotions and stresses that come with change. It includes exercises and tips for building a positive attitude and reducing stress.
- Managing Change provides tips on positive ways of understanding and managing change.
- Moving from Self-Defeating to Powerful Thoughts offers suggestions for re-framing negative feelings and thoughts into positive points of view.
- Creating a New Future: The Job Loss Workbook provides additional resources related to Job Loss
Explore Your Options
No matter what your situation, you always have choices. Start thinking about how you can transform your job loss into an opportunity.
Do some career planning. You can learn about yourself and the type of work that would be a good fit for you. Career Planning includes self-assessment tools, resources, career services and career events.
Look at your work options. Many people who have been laid off discover work options they hadn’t considered before. Working Options is your guide to finding opportunities for self-employment, apprenticeship and more.
Get more education or training. Now might be the perfect time to return to school to upgrade your skills or retrain for different work. Why not Examine the Options and find out.
Get free, expert advice. Contact the Alberta Supports Contact Centre for advice and referrals.