ACTIONS TO TAKE WHEN YOU LOSE A JOB:
HOW TO COPE WITH A BUREAUCRATIC MAZE:
- Tell your family immediately.
- Evaluate the reasons for job loss.
- Deal with the emotions involved.
- Prepare for your departure.
- Negotiate a severance pay package if possible
- File for unemployment compensation or other benefits due to you.
- Take a vacation or at least a step back to prepare for the task at hand.
- Plan your strategy.
- Go forward with confidence.
- Seek guidance and think about how you can get by until you land your next job.
Dealing with agencies:
- Call ahead for directions. Make sure you're headed to the right place. Find out who will be able to help you when you get there. Learn what documentation you will need to have with you.
- Carry proof of identification, your Social Security card, proof of residence, and any documentation required by the office you intend to visit.
- Take something to do while you wait.
- Write down the name of the person you talk to. Note what they tell you in case you need to refer to it later.
- Ask questions to get the information you need.
- Be pleasant. Most people really do want to help. Make it easy for them and they are likely to go an extra mile for you. Make it difficult, and they are likely to terminate the discussion.
- Keep copies of all letters and documentation you receive from agencies or through the mail. Never ignore them. Make sure you understand what they mean and what action you should take. If you're not sure, contact the agency or business and ask to have the document explained in terms you understand. If necessary, get advice from an appropriate source about what options you might have.