Read here for information on what to do if you find out you’ve been fired, as well as information on what not to do (or say) when you've unexpectedly lost your job.
If you have been laid off from your job through no fault of your own, and meet any other requirements for unemployment in your state, you should be . You might even be able to file for unemployment online without visiting an unemployment office. Read here for tips on how to file for unemployment.
Make sure that, before you leave your job, you know when you are receiving your last paycheck, and how it will be delivered to you. Read here for more information on receiving your last paycheck.
When you are fired or laid off, you might be eligible for particular benefits. Some of the benefits you had while on the job might continue as well. Read here for an overview of the employment-related benefits that you may be eligible for when you lose your job.
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) gives employees and their families who lose their health benefits the option to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time. Another option under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace, which allows you to shop for coverage. Read here for more information about your health insurance options when you lose your job.
If you have a , your benefits will begin at retirement age. You might be able to transfer the value into another plan. If you are enrolled in a , your plan may provide for a lump sum distribution of your retirement money when you leave the company. Read here for more information about the different types of plans you might have, and how you might be able to maintain those plans after leaving your job.
Severance pay (as well as severance benefits) may be given to employees upon termination of employment. It is usually based on length of employment. If you are laid off from your job or your position is eliminated, the employer may provide severance pay, but this isn't required. Read here for more information on what a severance package might look like, and how to negotiate a severance package.
You may be entitled to , , , or when you lose your job. Be sure to speak with your HR representative to learn what is owed to you, and how you will be compensated.
When you are fired or laid off, you still might ask for a letter of recommendation (especially if you are let go because of company layoffs or another similar reason that is unrelated to you or your work). Regardless, you should ask how the company will handle . Ask if they will simply share your dates of employment, or if they will tell other employers that you were fired.
The US Department of Labor and state department of labor offices can help you with information on employment-related laws, regulations, and compliance information. Read here for more information on what the Department of Labor does, and how you might get assistance from the Department if you lose your job.
Once you have left your job, it is time to start looking for a new position. Here are all the resources you'll need for a successful job search. Read here for information on how to write resumes, CVs, cover letters, and other employment materials; where to look for jobs; and how to prepare for interviews. Also read information on .
Things You Should Do After Getting Laid-Off or Fired
What to Do After a Layoff or Termination
When you have lost your job, take the necessary steps to ensure that you get your final paycheck, benefits, and more. You also want to make sure you get references from your employer, if possible, so that you are ready to begin your job search.
Follow the list below to make sure that you have dealt with everything you need to when you’ve been . This will allow you to begin to focus on finding a new job.