Unemployment Preparation Checklist
I fear I may lose my job. What should I do?
Covering Your Bases Legally
- Gather your co-workers’ contact information, especially if they might be a witness.
- Make copies of any documents within your personal access showing your work performance.
- Collect all work related documents, such as paychecks and time sheets.
- Make a list of all company documents which you do not have access to that may support your potential claim. NOTE: Do NOT take company documents which do not belong to you.
- Gather contact information for a supervisor that will provide you a positive reference.
- Keep written records of notable events that occur, particularly those that may support your claim.
What You Can Do At Work
- Make yourself indispensable by identifying ways for your employer to reduce expenses or generate more income.
- Volunteer to pick up the work of employees that have already been laid off or take on additional responsibilities where available.
- Be prepared for what you will say if you are terminated. How you handle this is very important to your future and reputation.
How to Prepare Financially
- Reassess your budget to determine where you are able to save money on expenses. Consider buying in bulk or high-interest savings accounts.
- Try to pay down as much debt as possible.
- Begin to actively search for other employment opportunities.