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14 Things to Do When You Lose Your Job

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn the actions you can take to survive a job loss, from protecting your savings to using your network to find new opportunities.

Over the course of your career, you’ll have ups and downs. There will likely come a time when you’re faced with an unexpected job change. This is completely normal—but it can throw even the most seasoned professional for a loop. In this short course, you can learn the tricks to navigate this transition: the steps to take before your employment ends, how to plan for best- and worst-case scenarios, how to revise your existing budget, and more. Instructor Jeff Harley walks you from the moment you anticipate the loss to the initial weeks of unemployment through finding your next role. After this course, you’ll be empowered to take control of a job loss and move forward to new opportunities.

This course was created by Madecraft. We are pleased to host this content in our library.


  • Making a plan after a job loss
1. Before You Lose Your Job
  • Bolster your emergency fund
  • Dust off your resume
  • Maximize your remaining benefits
  • Don't quit your job
2. The First Two Weeks of Unemployment
  • Finalize your exit
  • Assess your insurance coverage
  • File for unemployment ASAP
  • Assess your financial situation
  • Consider best and worst case
  • Revisit your budget
  • Give yourself time to grieve
3. Being Unemployed
  • Create structure in your life
  • Ask for help finding a job
  • Make major lifestyle changes
  • Recommendations to get moving

Taught by

Jeff Harley and Madecraft

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