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Tips To Survive And Thrive After A Layoff

Because no one is immune in 2021

BY Joan Thatiah

Apr 07, 2021, 12:02 PM

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You are happy and employed in the morning and jobless by tea break – welcome to 2021. We made our plans and then life made other plans and here we are.

It’s a terrible time to be employed in Kenya. After putting a freeze on hiring in 2020, with the pandemic still here, companies are now restructuring left, right, and center. No one is immune to being the one sent packing.

 Should you find yourself here, we give you a few tips to prop you as you navigate the aftermath of a layoff.

Pay Attention To What They Say

Sitting in the HR office hearing that today is your last day working can be an overwhelming experience. Still pay attention to everything that’s said when you are being fired. Take notes if you can.

Why? In an attempt to ease your pain, the HR manager may make promises they don’t intend to keep. Listen and note down if they promise you will be paid for pending days off or for an extra month. 

Take Some Time Off

When you face a sudden job loss, the natural knee-jerk reaction is to jump right back into the frenzy that is the job search. It is a better idea to hold off on this, take some time off for yourself to regroup.

It’s easy to panic but don’t. As long as you are healthy and able to work, you will be alright in the end.

Have A Meeting With Yourself

After you have taken some time to breathe, now is the time to ask yourself some hard questions. Which direction do you want your life to take now?

They say that some misfortunes are blessings in disguise. Your job loss can be. Introspecting will show you if your current career direction is the course you want to stay on or not or that maybe you are a business person after all

A Handle On Your Monthly Bills

Even as you update your resume or begin looking into that business idea, it will serve you well to look at your bills again to decide what you can cut down on.

With the volatile job market and not knowing when you will get your next stable income, you can cut down on eating out, do your house shopping in bulk and watch out for those big sales in supermarkets. Do this and then watch and see how much more your money can do for you.

Accept Help

If yours is a close-knit family, your family members will reach out to help with bills or with referrals to opportunities. You may have vowed that you will never depend on anyone. Accepting a little help isn’t going back on the promises you made to yourself.

Stop listening to your inner voice trying to tell you that your sister or brother is reaching out because they pity you. It’s not pity. It’s love. Open yourself up to some of it.

Don’t Wait For The Phone To Ring

Finally, after you have put your papers in order and have sent them out to a few companies, resist the temptation to fold up your hands and wait for the phone to ring. You have done your part, right? Well, no.

Sitting around waiting for someone to call will stress you out. The goal is to stay active. Those tasks you have been putting off for months, this is the time to do them. Thinking of something that can give you a little income, even a fraction of what you were earning is an even better idea. Do you think you can sell mtumba sweaters online? Go for it. The aim is to get outside the house because that’s where your next big break is.