Job Change Tips


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Getting Started

Losing your job isn't easy. You may be worried about finding your next job and paying your bills. These job change tips can help you prioritize your next steps.

Paying Your Bills

  • File for unemployment benefits. You can file online or at your nearest Texas Workforce Commission office. While there, you can ask for help with job change tips, skills training and other support.
  • Make a budget. List your monthly costs, and then decide what you can do without. If you have credit card debt, ask if fees or interest rates can be lowered.

Finding Work

  • Update your resume. Let employers know why you're the best choice. List your career goals, experience and volunteer efforts on no more than two pages.
  • Start your job search. Visit online career sites to learn how to post your resume. Also research companies that you'd like to join and apply for open jobs that fit your skills.
  • Spend time networking. Ask family, friends and former co-workers if they've heard about work opportunities. Also, ask your last boss for a reference if you left your job on good terms.

Handling Your Stress

  • Take time to grieve. Give yourself a few days — or weeks — to work through your feelings. Be kind to yourself and ask for the space you need.
  • Increase physical activities. Exercise can help lower your stress levels. Go for a walk, bike ride or jog. Use this time to start a new hobby or project.
  • Practice meditation. Breathing routines can help you reach a sense of well-being and rediscover your own strength. Calm your mind, lower harmful distractions and get back a sense of choice over your situation.

Helpful Websites

  • Texas Workforce Commission — Apply for unemployment benefits and find job searching tips and tools.
  • U.S. Department of Labor — Learn more about labor laws and training regulations.
  • Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies — This non-profit credit counseling group provides debt management and bankruptcy counseling, as well as financial education services.
  • — Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how the new law is changing health care.
  • Texas Health and Human Services — Find benefits from state and local health and human services programs, like health care, food, cash and other benefits.
  • Medicare — You can use this federal health care program if you’re 65 or older, or under age 65 with certain handicaps or sickness.
  • Medicaid — You and your family may get free or low-cost health insurance coverage through this joint federal and state-funded program.
  • Rx Assist — Find facts on programs set up by drug companies that offer the uninsured free or low-cost medication.

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