What to Do if You Are Fired

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Hello everyone. I hope all has been well with you. It seems like it’s been a while since I posted something 100% new. It has been a couple of weeks. I recently went to Europe for a vacation and had a wonderful time. I’ll have a few blog posts about the places I went to. If you haven’t been to Europe, you should add it to your travel list.  Enough about Europe though, in today’s post I will be talking about what to do if you are fired.

First things first, I still have my job. A few things have happened in the past few weeks that got me to write this post. Two of my favorite sports radio personalities lost their jobs recently. To many of their fans, including myself, that came as a shock to us. Their show was arguably the best one on the station.

The next thing to happen was that my director was unexpectedly let go. Nobody in my office saw that coming. This is the second time in 3 years that we’ve lost a director. That’s not a good look. You never want to hear the words you are fired. I definitely won’t be applying to that position anytime soon.

The final thing to happen might not have been a surprise to some people. The Alliance of American Football, which was a professional American football league, ceased operations on April 2nd. The season had just started on February 9th. The league declared bankruptcy on April 17th. Hundreds of football players, coaches, and other team employees lost jobs. I read a story about one player who quit his job because a team decided to add him to their roster. The league folded the next day. Damn, that has to suck. Hopefully, the player was able to go back to his old job.

Those three situations were all random but focused on one thing, an unexpected job loss. Hopefully, they let you know that you can lose your job unexpectedly. I hope things work out for everyone that I discussed in each situation. Losing a job is never easy. Today, I’ll be sharing some things you can do if you are fired.

Emergency Fund

If you don’t have an emergency fund yet, what are you waiting for? Everyone needs to have money saved for a rainy day. Things happen, so it’s better to be prepared instead of having nothing. Even if you only have $500, just start it. Make a pledge to add something to it each month. If you happen to lose your job you will have something to hold you over until you get another job.

Related Reading: How to Save For an Emergency Fund

Side Hustle

This can be done whether you have a job or not, but find a side hustle. Side hustling is one of the reasons that I’ve been able to pay off $14,000 worth of debt in the last 3.5 years. There are hundreds of side hustles out there for you to choose from. Selling on eBay, freelance writing, and doing virtual assistant work are just a few side hustles that you can do. In today’s world, having a side hustle is a must. This post features 40+ side hustles that you can do this month.

These next few tips are things you can do after you are fired.

Update Your Resume

Update your resume as soon as you can. You should update your work skills and add anything new that you learned at your previous place of employment. You want to make sure that your resume is up to date. That way you’ll find a job sooner than later. If it’s been a while since you had to do anything to your resume, you should check Google for different templates. There are hundreds of them out there that you can use as examples.

Apply Like Hell

Now isn’t the time to just sit around and be lazy unless you have stacks (thousands of dollars) in an emergency fund. It’s time to apply like hell for jobs. I’d set a goal to apply to at least 20 per day. That should be the minimum. You can apply on sites like Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, and CareerBuilder. Depending on what industry, you’re in, there should be a job board that has different jobs that you may qualify for. For example, I work in higher education. There’s a job board called Higher Ed Jobs. It has thousands of jobs for people that are interested in the higher education field. Also, you can check with your previous employer’s competitors. There may be some good jobs available with those companies.

Reach Out to Your Network

It’s not always about what you know, sometimes it’s who you know. When you get a chance, reach out to your network. Let them know that you are looking for employment. Someone should have a connection somewhere. Talk to your family members, some of your Facebook friends, and even your connections on LinkedIn. Heck, LinkedIn is more professional anyway so you may find an opportunity quicker over there. I know some people’s pride may get in the way, you have to check that shit at the door. You need a job, so don’t hesitate to ask around. Your next job could be a DM away.

Part-Time Job

If you’ve been applying for full-time jobs and you’re getting nowhere, apply for some part-time gigs. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. The bills have to be paid. When I wasn’t working in 2014, I swallowed my pride and worked two part-time jobs. Did I like it? Nope, but I needed the money and I wasn’t about to do anything illegal. I only worked those part-time jobs six months before I found a full-time job. That time went by pretty quickly. Your situation may be different. You may not even have to work a part-time gig for that long. Your breakthrough could be sooner.

Be Open to Change

If you are fired, it may be a sign that it’s time to change your career. You may have hated your previous job or you were not appreciated. Now can be a good time to start a new career. Reach out to different companies. Get a part-time job during the day and go to school during the evening. You may be able to start a new career quicker that way.

Start Your Own Business

The final suggestion is not the easiest, but some of you may want to start your own business. Some of you may be able to take your side hustle to the next level. For others, you have the time to try everything out as long as you (hopefully) have an emergency account and a good idea.

An unexpected job loss is never fun, but life happens. Being proactive by having an emergency fund and a side hustle can help lessen the blow. If you ever find yourself in this situation, hopefully, these suggestions can help you make if the first few weeks after your job loss.

What would you do if you are fired?



  1. Thanks for the advise. I had unexpected job loss recently.

    1. Thanks for reading. Good luck.

  2. sunny rax says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us

  3. I agree with all of your advise Jason. Job loss isn’t the end of everything. You can still have a job that might be better from your recent job, where you can be more productive. Be driven and inspired at all times. And I strongly agree that you have to find part-time jobs too while searching for a full-time job as well. Understand that you still have to eat every day and bills to pay.

  4. Sudden job loss somehow frustrating. How will I pay debts,bills and other things without my job? might be the first questions I will ask myself. I hope saving some might not be too late for me.

  5. If you just lost your job, there are probably a lot of thoughts going through your mind. You may be angry at your boss, or whoever else you think could be responsible for your situation.

  6. Great article! Dealing with job loss will be a different process for everyone, but there are some things to keep in mind. One important consideration is to make sure you’re taking the time to process your emotions in a healthy way as you look for ways to move forward. Thanks a lot for this!

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