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Alberta Supports Contact Centre

Toll Free 1-877-644-9992

Look for Work, Plan Your Career

“I've recently lost my job. Where can I get help?”


Losing a job can happen to anyone, at any time. It’s one of the most stressful events you can face. These resources can help you take care of the basics, cope with losing your job, and move beyond job loss. If your former employer offers transition services such as career or personal counselling, be sure to take advantage of that.

Take care of yourself

It’s important to keep things in perspective and stay as positive as you can. Work on your self-esteem by doing things that make you feel good about yourself. And remember that you’re not alone:

  • Get support and encouragement from your personal network of mentors, friends, and family. Sharing your experience and your ups and downs will make you feel better, keep you motivated, and help you recharge your batteries.
  • Reach out to your professional network for support, feedback, advice, and information about opportunities that might be open to you.
  • Get professional help if you need it. Ask your family doctor for a referral to a counsellor. Or call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642.

Manage your finances

You’ll need to be careful with your money until you’re back on your feet. File for employment insurance (EI) as soon as you stop working. Do this even if you don’t yet have your record of employment and if you’ll still receive money from your former employer.

Reach out for additional help if you need it:

Look for work

If it has been some time since you looked for a job, you’ll want to review some work search basics to look for work. The following resources can help you get started:

Ask a Question

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Your privacy is important. If your question is published to alis, your identity will remain anonymous. Your email address and any other personally identifiable information will not be posted to the site.

If you require immediate assistance, please call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

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