What Should I Do If I Lost My Job?

What Should I Do If I Lost My Job?

Jack Kelly experimented with Open AI’s ChatGPT software which generated this blog post:

If you have lost your job, it can be a difficult and stressful time. There are a few steps you can take to help you cope with the situation and move forward.

First, take some time to process your feelings and allow yourself to grieve the loss of your job. This can be a major life change, and it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety. Allow yourself to feel these emotions and talk to friends and family members about how you’re feeling.

Next, assess your financial situation and make a plan to manage your expenses. This may involve cutting back on unnecessary spending, applying for unemployment benefits, or reaching out to friends and family for support. It can also be helpful to create a budget to track your income and expenses and ensure that you are able to meet your basic needs.

Once you have a handle on your finances, it’s time to start looking for a new job. This can be a challenging process, but there are resources available to help you. You can search for jobs online, attend job fairs, and network with people in your field. It can also be helpful to update your resume and cover letter to reflect your skills and experience.
In addition to these steps, it can be helpful to take care of yourself during this time. Make sure to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. These activities can help to reduce stress and improve your mental and physical health.

Overall, losing a job can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to move forward and find a new job. It may take time and effort, but with determination and perseverance, you can find a new job and start a new chapter in your career.

When You’ve Been Made Redundunt, Fired, Laid Off, RIF’d

I used the same software  and it generated this:

If you lost your job, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Losing a job can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world. There are steps you can take to help you get back on your feet and find a new job.

First, if you are eligible, you should apply for unemployment benefits. These benefits can provide you with some income while you look for a new job.

Next, you should update your resume and start looking for new job opportunities. You can use online job boards, networking, and job fairs to help you find openings that are a good fit for your skills and experience.

You should also consider reaching out to your professional network for support and advice. Your friends, family, and former colleagues may be able to provide you with valuable insights and connections that can help you find a new job.

It’s also important to take care of yourself during this time. Make sure to eat well, get plenty of exercise, and stay connected with friends and loved ones. These things can help you stay positive and maintain your mental and physical health.

Overall, the key to getting through a job loss is to stay positive and take action. It may not be easy, but with persistence and hard work, you can find a new job and get back on your feet. 

Brand Yourself to Avoid Being Laid Off

The real post I wrote was:

People hire me for No BS Career Advice so I won’t sugarcoat anything.

  1. You made a mistake. Recessions are cyclical and you didn’t invest enough time in preparing for the next one as I have been encouraging people to do for several years. Learn the lesson and resolve to never disconnect from the people you would think of as your network so freely.
  2. Get your data out of the office. Hopefully, you’ve connected with everyone on LinkedIn so you don’t have to take a thumb drive to work and copy your data and trigger a response from IT about theft.
  3. We are in the Christmas season. Starting with people in your phone, reach out to reconnect, check in, and offer Christmas/Channukah or holiday wishes. See how they and their family are. Don’t raise the subject of work. This is about reconnecting. You have until January 10.
  4. Audit your skills. What are your strengths? Where do you need improvement? Get a paid LinkedIn account and take remedial courses on LinkedIn and YouTube to fix your deficiencies.
  5. Since you probably kept your head down at work, who knows about you? How can you become better known for what you do?
  6. Clean up your online presence. Do you want to be rejected because of your political opinions or type of humor? The criticism used to be about bong photos from college. Adults have committed their version, too, with comments about the Affordable Care Act, Russian collusion, stolen elections, and more.
  7. Ask yourself, “What makes me different?” So many people act like “me, too” candidates—ordinary, dull, common. Complete this sentence, “People hire me to . . . “ I started off this response with that. I could offer another sentence to elaborate but I believe a direct answer provides you with clarity that will help you with branding. Remember the shorter the better.
  8. Hire someone to re-write your resume and LinkedIn profile. Don’t skimp and try to do it yourself. It won’t be as good as a professional would write for you

Start with these and get to work fast. No one knows when hiring will stop for Christmas and New Years or when people will get back into the game after New Year’s.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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