If there is a time that has birthed a purge of lay-offs, then it has to be the Coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have suddenly lost their paycheck, thanks to this global pandemic. Some people have been handed compulsory unpaid leaves which is not so bad mainly because they somehow still have a job they can fall back on when the farfetched normalcy resumes.
To some though, they have been forced to make that walk of shame as they leave the company for good. Some are even fired via zoom calls. Imagine doing the very best for a company, only to be shown the door in a moment you need that paycheck the most? Sadly, that has been the case for millions of people in Kenya and in the rest of the world. Worse off, you end up stuck in your house, anxious, sad and worried.
Although demotivating, being sacked can be that one step you needed to open doors for you. Below are 5 things you can do to help you bounce back during these difficult times:
1. Allow yourself time to process it
Instead of hurriedly looking for another job due to desperation, it is important that you sit down with yourself and process what exactly happened. Feel free to ask your former employer why exactly you were fired. Accept that your favorite boss let you go despite you doing everything in your power to support the company. It sure feels like betrayal. However, accept that the company may have been forced to fire people because it was making losses during the pandemic or because your position was no longer needed. It is okay to be sad. Process everything and make sure that you accept it. Don’t be mad at your former boss because things could have been beyond their control.
2. Check for Unemployment Benefits or Former Terms of Contract
If you are lucky enough to reside at a place where people who just lost their jobs are eligible to unemployment benefits, then go make your claim. Feel free to call the Human resource office of your former employer and ask if you will get your last month’s salary in full. Also, go through your contract and find out if it was a breach of contract for your employer to fire you abruptly. If so, you can call the Human resource office for compensation or worse off, take the company to court so as to get your compensation. Just make sure that you really understand the contract, if any, that you got in with the company.
3. Update LinkedIn and your Resume
LinkedIn is one of the most helpful widely used networking and job search platforms. Instead of sitting back and waiting for miracles to happen, take this opportunity and edit your LinkedIn profile. It is not really necessary for you to make it known that you just got fired by putting an end on your last job. A more intelligent approach is to state that you are open to new opportunities. This will make potential employers to consider you when they are hiring. If you do not know how to professionally housekeep your resume, find someone who is skilled in that field to do it for you at a fee.
4. Broaden your Job Search and Network
Even though there are millions of companies that are currently firing, there is an equal number of companies that are actively hiring. Right now, jobs such as delivery and logistics, online writing, sales and marketing or transcription are really marketable. It does not hurt to find a side hustle in a field that you have some skill in. This will help you get some income as you hunt for your next.
5. Reach out
Now that you have somehow accepted that you were fired, it is time to reach out to people and let them know that you are open for jobs in certain fields. I am saying this because you cannot entirely rely on online job websites for a job yet your next employer could be one dial away. Attend online networking sites and learn new skills. Most importantly, have fun because time waits for no man.