“I’m afraid I might lose my job. Can you give me some advice?”
Sure. I’m happy to give you some advice. I suggest you do these things:
- Get your financial house in order. Don’t commit to monthly payments or big expenses that you won’t need if you’re not working. Change your spending habits to something more frugal, so that happiness isn’t supplied by greenbacks or credit cards.
- Update your resume. Touch base with former colleagues and recruiters you haven’t seen in a while. Do you have an outfit suitable for interviewing in other company cultures?
- Figure out what you would want to do next if you did lose your job. Is it a new job doing the same sorts of things? Is it a job that will build on your current skillset, but give you new experience to help you towards a longer-term goal? Is it time to go back to school for a degree that puts you in a whole new career? Would it be time to relocate?
- Decide how you’re going to stay healthy. All those scary ads about bankruptcy are about healthcare. What are you doing now that isn’t healthy? How can you change that?
- Remember your support network. Family, friends, God, Mother Nature — you have someone to turn to. Know who they are. If you’ve been working overtime, nights and weekends, take the time during the upcoming holiday season to get back in touch. Work is a great place for self-validation, but it isn’t the only place.
Then, I suggest that you stop worrying about losing your job, and do your job.
Any suggestions from others who have lost their jobs, and would like to share what they did that worked, or what they wished they’d done, but didn’t do while they still had their jobs?