Loss of a Job

How do we cope when we lose our job? What to do if you are in this situation?

A variety of emotions and thoughts may invade your heart and mind when you lose your job. There may be feelings of inadequacy for failing to keep your position, fear of the unknown especially if your family depends on you, and anger over the unfairness of life. Later on, in cases where new opportunities do not come immediately, theremay  be depression and hopelessness.

It is important for you to know that losing a job is a likely scenario at least once in a lifetime for an individual. There would be various causes beyond your control (ex. economic difficulties or company reorganization, etc). Thus, fight against the negative things that would put you down as well as make you question God’s faithfulness.

What to do if you are in this situation? Hold on, first of all, to the promises of God that He will take care of you and has good plans for you (Jer. 29:11). Focus on what constructive steps you can take. Send out many resumes. Have a lot of interviews. Do extensive research on companies that interest you. Utilize the waiting time for upgrading or learning yours skills. And in case you were fired for valid grounds, learn from your mistakes and resolve not to repeat them again.

Like in any kind of loss, it may be necessary to go through a short time of grieving. If this goes longer, seek help spiritually and emotionally. And since it is God who closes and opens doors of opportunities, continue to pray for what He wants you to learn (greater intimacy with God, better faith, spend more time with family, etc.) as well what direction to take (career shift, work abroad, start a business, etc.).

Be comforted. God will walk you through this season of loss and waiting.

  • Focus on finding a new job instead of being depressed about losing the previous one.
  • In moments when you feel discouraged about your situation, reflect on God’s faithfulness and seek what He is revealing to you during this season of waiting. Surrounding yourself with positive people can also help you.
  • Seek the help of friends and acquaintances who may provide you with information regarding job openings as well as recommend you.
  • While you are waiting for a new job offer, you may improve your skills by attending classes, learning online and reading books.
  • Pray for God to open doors as well as help in your decision-making once job offers begin to pour in.
  • Have faith that God will see you through this situation.
  • Going up? By Yay Padua-Olmedo
  • The Upside of Adversity by Os Hillman
  • What Makes A Winner by Whit Criswell
  • The Way of the Shepherd by Dr, Kevin Leman and William Pentak
  • When Life Gets Tough by Henry Gariepy
  • Your First Job by Nelson Dy
  • Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority by John Bevere
  • Website for job opportunities:
  • National unemployment rate went down by 0.7% (7.6% in July 2009 to 6.9% in July 2010).  By region, NCR recorded the highest unemployment rate of 10.9%. (DOLE, July 2010)
  • As of July 2010, 17,042 workers were displaced from 1,232 establishments for permanent closure/retrenchment due to economic reasons.  Half (57.4% or 707) were closed because of reorganization/downsizing/redundancy.  Most (76.9% or 948) came from the service sector. (DOLE, July 2010)
  • Based on a sample coverage of 700 large enterprises in the country, labor turnover rate was estimated positive at 2.86 percent as accession rate (new additions) outpaced separation rate (quits and/or layoffs) in the second quarter of 2010.
  • The Philippines has the highest incidence of reported cases of depression in Asia: 4.6 million in 2004. (Natasha Goulbourn Foundation)
  • Among the 3% of Filipinos diagnosed as clinically depressed, only a few seek professional help. (Natasha Goulbourn Foundation)
How do we cope when we lose our job? How do we feel if we are fired? How do we deal with our anger and grief? Watch the story of a man who learns how to deal with hatred and recover from job loss.