One of the most stressful moments in life is when you’ve been let go from your job. That walk of shame out the exit feels like it’s never-ending, but also, panic inevitably sets in at this point. What are you going to do now?

How are you going to pay the bills? But, as far as finances are concerned, you need to do the following right away…

Stay Calm

Yes, it’s easier said than done, but if you are offered a severance agreement, it can be tempting to sign it to minimize the pain. Instead, stay calm, and take the time to look over a general release, and if the opportunity arises, run it by a lawyer. While there are civil rights lawyers who can fight your corner if you are adamant that you’ve been dismissed unfairly, there are other practising lawyers that can glance at this document and offer you sage advice. Yes, you might be insistent of the fact you’ve been let go, even if it’s unfair in your opinion. But, it’s vital that you stay calm at this juncture. You could be offered severance pay that will protect you very well in the short term.

Assess Your Budget

Look at your outgoings. Are there things that aren’t essential? For example, computer insurance, or are there utility bills you’re paying through the nose for? If so, be sure to contact these utility providers and see if you can negotiate a cheaper tariff. If this isn’t the case, you can still see if there are any payment options for you, if you are struggling in the short term.

Take Advantage Of Your Healthcare

It’s likely that your employer’s health care benefits won’t expire until the end of the month, so take this opportunity, and make the most of your free time, by heading to the doctor and dentist and having a full checkup. By knowing you are fighting in good physical health, this is a plus at least.

File For Unemployment Benefits

It’s your right to file for unemployment benefits, and you should do this right away. Some people view this as admitting they’re a failure, but if you are determined not to be an employee for long, this is going to give you a handy cash buffer in the meantime.

Look At It Objectively

Did you find that your work was draining your life? If so, maybe it’s time to look at developing something that will keep you happy? Many people take on side hustles that soon develop into full-time ventures, so maybe it’s time for you to take advantage of the time you have?

The job market is very competitive now, so if you find yourself from the receiving end of a termination, you’re not alone. Many businesses are looking to squeeze the pennies whichever way they can. And if you are being made redundant, this can be very anxiety-inducing in the short term. But, instead of viewing it with a negative slant, this could be the opportunity to springboard into a better career and life. Yes, your finances are compromised in the short-term, but by making the most of legal help, as well as an employment help from the government, you are not going to starve, contrary to what your brain is telling you!

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