36. So, You Just Lost Your Job…Now What?

Many of us are out of work and struggling to manage the very real, difficult reality of losing a job. Whether you were laid off, furloughed or are simply concerned about your job security, we want to help you manage the emotions, examine your situation and make a plan to move forward.


In this episode of Crina and Kirsten Get to Work, our fierce friends tackle losing your job – YIKES!  Some people lose their job because there is a pandemic, business closure or some other reason out of their control, others lose their job because the boss is a jerk or just plain wrong and some of us lose a job because our skill set is in some way not matched to the job.  

So what do you do when this happens?  First, throw an effective, but short pity party.  Second, get to work!

Reframing the situation is the first step – what opportunities are out there?  Kirsten’s sister was fired from a job over 20 years ago and as a result now runs a very successful and highly regarded veterinary hospital.  Now that’s a silver linin!.  Kirsten also has clients routinely tell they are in the end glad they were let go because they were MISERABLE!  Crina has experienced the same thing with people she has terminated.  There may be something good in losing a job – really!

Spend some time understanding what went wrong – and the only person you can control is yourself – so mine for gold there.  How did this happen?  Was it the pandemic?  If so, maybe that’s enough digging.  If not, how did you find yourself with no job – and while there will certainly be people you want to blame, you will make the next decision about a job.  What do you need to know about yourself to make the next decision about a job a great one?

Make a plan – do you need to talk with a lawyer to determine whether your termination was about the color of your skin, your gender, your age, disability or some other protected status? And get that unemployment application in! Do you want the same job or is it time for a new kind of job?  While you are deciding and once you have decided and are looking, keep your contacts warm, continue to educate yourself – look for ways to acquire new skills or training.

And most importantly, treat yourself well during this time – get sleep, exercise, stay in touch with friends and colleague and keep that incredible brain firing – doing this will help you ward off depression and getting stuck and move you 

And the interesting reads referenced in the episode:

CEO of Airbnb Taught Us an Extraordinary Lesson When He Fired 25% of His Company

What to Do When You Have Been Fired

The Employment Situation – April 2020