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Supporting clients dealing with job loss: Podcasts, videos and articles to learn more

In August, Statistics Canada reported a rise in job loss, with the number of employed Canadians declining by 114,000 people between May and August. Many people have found themselves facing difficult decisions in their career and personal life. Here are several resources career professionals can use to support clients who have lost their jobs.

10 Things to Do After Being Laid Off (Job Cast by Indeed) [Video]

This video aims to give people tools to process this change and move forward successfully. Romney Guy, Vice-President of Workforce Development at Goodwill, and Brandy Warwas, from Indeed’s Job Seeker Experience team, share advice based on their own experience, as well as other resources like email templates and budget worksheets. Key takeaways include confirming details pertaining to the layoff, how to address layoff-related interview questions and tips for starting the job search.

Adjusting to Job Loss When Times Are Tough (Institute for Research on Public Policy) [Research]

This study from IRPP, explores the strategies that Canadian workers laid off in 2009 used to adjust during the last recession: moving to another region, enrolling in post-secondary education, signing up for a registered apprenticeship and becoming self-employed. Each strategy has pros and cons to be considered. This research can help bring light to incentives and barriers people face, especially when employment options are limited.

Dealing with job loss (Get a Job! Work BC) [Podcast]

Losing a job can bring financial and emotion devastation, regardless of if someone was laid off or fired. Christine Campbell Rapin, CEO, business coach and author, talks about steps to take in this situation. The discussion covers everything from knowing the terms of termination and qualification for benefits, to practising self-care, to navigating tricky job interview questions and more.

How to Cope with a Job Loss (Find Your Dream Job) [Podcast]

US-based Career Coach Marsha Warner shares tips and techniques to transform the first days of unemployment. She advises taking the time to deal with emotions, preparing to tell your story, and looking to friends and family as a support system. Being aware of personal skillsets and keeping a larger perspective can be a source of empowerment when starting the job search.

How to rebound from a layoff in Canadian tech: ‘Control your narrative’ (Global News) [Article]

With tech companies like Shopify, Wealthsimple and Hootsuite going through rounds of layoffs, hundreds of tech sector workers lost work in August. This article looks at what some have done in response and what potential prospects await in other industries.

It’s time to eliminate shame from our job loss response (CareerWise) [Article]

This article reminds professionals in this situation that they are not alone, and that this situation isn’t a reflection of who they are. Amy Davies, founder of First 30 Inc, reminds employers, personal support networks and employees affected by a layoff of the role they play in changing the conversation through language and reactions.

Job Loss and Unemployment Stress (HelpGuide) [Article]

Eight tips are offered to deal with stress, manage emotions, stay focused and positive. Each tip is broken down to actionable items to help people take control in a situation that can feel overwhelming.

Laid off? Cut spending, take advantage of severance and apply for EI, say experts (Global News) [Article]

Financial experts recommend focusing on personal finances and potential severance as early actions to take after losing a job. For example, employers may offer benefits for a few more weeks or months after the last day of work. Looking at reducing spending on non-essential things like streaming services can also ease stress.

Reeling From a Sudden Job Loss? Here’s How to Start Healing. (Harvard Business Review) [Article]

Regaining clarity in the aftermath of a job loss is critical to take healthy, productive next steps. This is especially difficult if someone has attained a certain position or income level, bears the financial responsibility of a household or when they feel that work is an intrinsic marker of their moral worth. The authors present tips to help people stay whole, reconnect to their purpose and, most importantly, heal.

What To Do When You Get Laid off (With Steps to Appeal) (Indeed) [Article]

This article offers considerations and tips to make parting simpler, smoother and more beneficial for professionals who lost employment. A key step is to understand options and obligations in the aftermath of being laid off. It also provides tips on writing an appeal letter.

Katrina Rozal Author
Katrina Rozal is a Communication Specialist. She has 10 years of combined experience in producing content for Canadian news media and the British non-profit sector.
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Katrina Rozal Author
Katrina Rozal is a Communication Specialist. She has 10 years of combined experience in producing content for Canadian news media and the British non-profit sector.
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