The holidays aren’t always full of festive joy; The end of the year not only brings about a financial and emotional stressful holiday season, it’s also the time when struggling companies complete layoffs.
Losing your job can be devastating, especially around the holidays. At a time when the rest of the world seems to be celebrating, revising your resume or responding to job postings is the last thing you want to do. Picking yourself up again can feel impossible, but we’re here to help! Here are three actions to take if you’re laid-off this season:
1. Take Immediate Action
It’s a natural reaction to feel down in the dumps when losing your job. Not having a routine or being around colleagues, and more importantly no pay check is extremely stressful and upsetting. But wallowing in depression isn’t going to pay the bills. By all means take some personal time to let the situation sink-in, but use this time to get back in the game before your situation gets even worse.
The average job search these days is 6-9 months so delaying things will hinder your situation even further. Set your alarm early like a work day and make a ‘to do’ list that will structure your day, for example:
- 8am-9.30am: Wake up/workout/shower/breakfast
- 9.30am-12pm: Starbucks morning to re-structure resume (contact ex-employers to ask permission of references etc)
- 12-1pm: Lunch
- 1-3.30pm: Job search
- 3.30pm-4.30pm: Interview with a local recruiter
- 4.30pm-6pm: Apply to 2-3 jobs.
- 6pm+: home/relax
By keeping proactive you’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing you gave each day your all in finding a new job.
2. Take Advantage of Timing
Yes, losing your job around the holidays can seem like the worst possible time of year to be out of work. However, it’s also a great time to pick up some part-time roles to tie you over. While some companies let people go around the holidays, others ramp up their employment to keep up with the surge of sales at this time of year.
Book in as many recruitment interviews as possible, building your relationships with recruiters will keep you top of mind when new holiday positions arise. What’s more, many companies start recruiting in the new year, so by applying yourself to temporary roles and building relationships with recruiters over the holidays, you’ll be ahead of the game come January 1 (while the rest of the job-searching crew get over their hangovers and food comas!).
3. Ask for Help
Losing your job can feel like a fail which makes asking for help that much more daunting. But everyone needs help sometimes! Explain your situation to family and friends, set gift-buying boundaries to reflect your lack of income and maybe ask your nearest-and-dearest for financial assistance.
If it’s not possible to borrow cash and you have bills to pay, a short-term personal loan from TLC Loans can help. Our mission is to provide you with a solution that resolves or bridges your current financial troubles this holiday season:
- We take pride in providing fast, friendly and compassionate service— so don’t hesitate to apply! All applications will be considered.
- Our installment loans are designed to match LIFE! TLC offers meaningful loan amounts and if you need it, we let you pay your loan back over a longer period of time so your payments are more affordable.
- Our interest rates are competitive and are a significant savings compared to PayDay rates.
- Our application process is simple with next business day funding possible if we get you an approval by 1pm CST.
We want to help! Contact us today!