Losing your job can be one of the most stressful experiences to live through. If you were the one who decided to leave your jobs, you’re probably okay. You’ve probably planned and waited until you had enough savings to carry you through the next few months, or until you had a better job.
However, if this job loss came unexpectedly – such as in the case of being discharged or retrenched – it’s a whole different ball game. Losing a job causes stress and can also put a strain on your relationships and mental health.
However, most people will agree that the biggest impact of losing your job is the fact that you don’t have financial stability anymore.
So, what are your options? If that’s the question you’re asking yourself, then this is the post for you.
See if you qualify for compensation
There are a variety of scenarios that could lead to once-off financial compensation.
If you were retrenched, you’ll likely get a retrenchment package, but be sure to check your contract for the details and to make sure you’re not being cheated.
If you’re unable to work due to an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file for a personal injury lawsuit and receive possible financial compensation.
Start your own business
What seemed like your downfall may be a blessing in disguise.
Most people considering starting their own business at some point in their lives, but feel that they can’t take the risk of losing their job.
Now that this decision has been made for you, what’s stopping you? Starting your own business can be incredibly rewarding; both personally and financially.
Who knows – you might just end up being happier and making more money than you did before you got to let go!
Get a new job
Looking for a new job may seem like a given when you’re unemployed, but here’s the catch: most people are very picky about which jobs they take.
If you’re used to a certain salary or type of work, you may think it’s below you to do anything else. This is understandable, and it’s fine if you want to wait a while, but eventually, you’re going to have to take what you can get.
This doesn’t have to be permanent, it should just be enough to help you keep going until your CV lands on the right desk.
Dive into your savings
This should be a last resort. Most people are hesitant to dive into their savings, and it’s easy to see why: you’ve spent years saving this money, and now it’ll likely all be gone before you can blink your eyes.
However, the point of saving (for most people, at least) is to have some emergency funds that can ease the financial pressure when something unexpected – like losing your job – happens.
It can be scary, and you may want to put it off as long as possible, but there comes a point where it’s the only thing you can do to prevent severe financial damage.