Did I Just Lose My Job Due To COVID-19?

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The last few weeks have been very different compared to anything the world has ever seen. I thought it would not impact my life financially – it turns out it will. Read about what steps I’m taking, how I’m coping, and what I’m doing moving forward. 

The world has seen some terrible things over the last couple of months. 

The economy has taken a significant hit, stock markets are plummeting, and people are losing their jobs.

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What the world saw was first the new coronavirus COVID-19 spreading across China, where it spread quickly. As it came over to other parts of the world, measurements have been taken by the governments to prevent it from spreading. 

Result: the majority of people are practicing social distancing, keeping the minimum distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet), and staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.  

WHATEVER YOU DO, STAY HOME

I’m very grateful that I have a home where I feel comfortable, that I can work from home, and that all my friends and family are taking social distancing seriously. 

It is not in our nature to be inside the house and not see any people, at least not for me. 

It’s not even that I see so many people throughout the week, it’s just that it feels strange. 

When you can go outside, you don’t. When you can’t, you want to.

Is my mind the only one going there?

It is so so important that you stay home. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable you feel, you may infect others and you may make the entire situation worse if you don’t. 

The more serious we take this, the sooner it will all be over. 

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Will I Be Starting My New Job?

Last week I was working on the last reports I had to deliver before I end my current job. On March 31st is my last day. 

Under normal circumstances, I would start my new job on April 1st. 


We all know that these are not normal circumstances. 

As of last week, all the bars, restaurants, and hotels in the Netherlands had to close to prevent the further spreading of the coronavirus. 

What would I be doing in my new job?

I will be responsible for the finances of a Dutch hotel chain.. Yeah, great. 

I got a phone call last week from my new manager, telling me that they are closing all their hotels directly until April 6th. 

The 500 people that are working flexible hours, are currently sitting at home and don’t have any income. 

Besides that, they have decided to let all people go that don’t have a permanent contract or people that haven’t started working yet. 

WHAT? 

They told me, because I have such a key position within the company, they would still like to hire me. 

BUT, they don’t know when I’ll be able to start. 

It could be on the 1st of May, it could be on the 1st of July. This totally depends on how the virus is spreading and how fast they can reopen the hotels.

They aren’t sure they can open at all. If this takes too long, they will go bankrupt and there will be no job left. 

Until we know more, I will have a loss of income. 

The best-case scenario would be a 35% loss of income for X months, the worst-case scenario would be no job.

I’m still figuring it all out. 

I was looking forward to starting but at the moment I’m considering my options. I’m in the process of looking for another job and trying to figure out what this all means for me personally. 

My Mental State of Mind

When I first heard the news, I was straight going into a contraction mindset. 

Why didn’t I start earlier at my job, none of this would’ve happened


I should have known this

What will I do when I don’t have any income

Straight after that, I started really feeling down. I always have a hard time admitting my feelings to others (or myself). 

First I just cried it out for a couple of minutes, which really helped. It cleared my mind and I felt the panic that had built up over the last hours leave my body. 

I started to make an action plan and decided to write down all the options. 

When I am in action mode, I feel like I can do something about the situation. That really helps me to cope and to shift my mindset to the positive side. 

My different ways of coping with bad news:

  1. Take a deep breath (as many as you need)
  2. Feel your feelings
  3. Think about 3 things you’re grateful for
  4. Think about the worst case scenario. Is it really that bad? Afterward, think about the best possible outcome and the most likely outcome. 
  5. Ask for support

When You’re Currently Dealing With (Possible) Job Loss

If you’re currently facing possible job loss, think about these things:

  • You’re an amazing employee and this situation is beyond your control. Focus on situations that you have control over and try to not get frustrated. 
  • Behave professionally and don’t react poorly to the person you’re currently communicating with about this issue. 
  • Start applying for jobs after you’ve coped with the news of your possible job loss. Look on glassdoor.com or indeed.com
  • Don’t sell yourself short when you’re looking for a new job. It can be hard to believe in yourself at those times, but it’s important for you to do that anyway. 
  • Get your finances in order. The last thing you want is to worry about that.
  • Cut back on any unnecessary spending. 
  • Be kind to yourself and treat yourself without breaking the bank. It’s okay to be stressed and it’s okay to worry. Keep yourself healthy emotionally. 
  • Don’t let this define you! It’s no fun to lose your job, not at all. Please keep in mind: your job does not define you. You are more than your 9-5 and you will come out of this experience stronger. 

What’s Next?

What is next? Honestly, I don’t know. 


I try to deal with the situation as it is now. 

Currently, I will not start my new job as of April 1st. That’s the one thing I know. 

What month I can start working (if at all) is all up in the air. I am coping with this right now and trying not to let my job define me. 


I want to hear from you! 

If you have any similar experiences with job loss or insecurities surrounding your job, I would love any advice for me or others going through a similar situation. 

Every situation and every person if different, but this is never fun. 

If you are going through something similar right now, know that you are not alone. 

Did you have any similar experiences with job loss? Any tips for coping or moving forward?

Did I Just Lose My Job To COVID-19

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14 thoughts on “Did I Just Lose My Job Due To COVID-19?”

  1. I am so sorry about hearing that covid 19 has affected your job plans M.

    The company I work for still runs but don’t know how long it will continue to do so.

    Uk has issued a helping pack for workers of temporary closed companies, government will pay up to 80% of their wages gor three months. That could me in case my employer wants to keep me in.

    It’s hard times for everyone, my GF will likely lose her job soon too.

    However, we’re young, energetic and intelligent. This is just a bump ob the road that will makes us better and stronger.

    You should be fine 🙂

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    • Thanks for your kind words Tony, appreciate it!

      Because I haven’t started my job yet and quit my other job already, I’m not sure what my rights are.
      That sucks for your GF, like you say; we’re young & intelligent. Plus I truly believe we will come out of the other end stronger.
      Let’s keep it up with the positive mindset!! 🙂

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  2. I am so sorry to hear this! I can only imagine the stress it brings into your life. It probably won’t help you, but you are spot on: this is beyond your control and rather an unfortunate cocktail of events and timing. Back in 2008 there were many similar stories of very good people being let go just because the corporate gates were closing everywhere around us.

    I think that you are seeing it well with your recommendations. You are still in the first wave so you might still have some luck to apply for open jobs at other industries, I.e. Ahold or Unilever?

    Good luck and sterkte!

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    • I am seeing it from the sunny side; I have imagined the worst case scenario, which means that what will happen is probably (hopefully) better. No worries there. Luckily I have a good emergency fund and very marketable skills that I can sell somewhere else. Thing is that I was looking forward to this job, it would have been a great promotion for where I currently am.

      Anyways, I’ll be looking for other jobs and maybe something better will cross my path! Who knows 😉

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  3. so sorry to hear your new job is no longer available!

    Is it an option to go back top your current manager and tell them you would like to stay ….

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    • Thanks for stopping by Kay! I’m currently working on a project basis (consulting), there are no projects left in the current market unfortunately. Many of my colleagues are sitting at home without a project at the moment. The less overhead they have the better

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  4. Ack, the anxiousness of uncertainty. Actually you are already saying the most important thing, which is focus on the things you can control instead of what is outside your sphere of influence.
    The world is uncertain and full of turmoil. This is, I have to agree, a nasty period, but these periods come and go and can catch you unaware. What you can control is how you prepare for bad periods. This is why an emergency fund is so important that some people say it’s more important than paying off debt. You come prepared better than most.
    You’ll get through this period. Whatever happens.

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    • Thanks for your kind words! Sometimes blogging is just like having a journal, writing out everything that is on my mind so that I can think clearly again. I have to say that putting out this blog post has really helped me gain clarity, which is so important.
      You’re totally right, I am very prepared for this and I could easily last 6 months on my emergency fund!

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  5. Hold on M! You *already* have valuable skills that puts you on a favorable place in the job market. I firmly believe that you can find a great position whatever happens!
    Just having this blog and writing this post are signs of your great personal and professional talent, btw. Remember, hang in there M! I’m close to you with my thoughts and I really wish you all the best!

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    • Hi Francesco, I appreciate your kind words. Sometimes I need to get all the doubt and the uncertainty out on paper so that I can refocus on strength and finding solutions. Thanks for your support and my thoughts are with you and your family!

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  6. Ah that sucks.

    I’ve actually quit my job entirely and was planning on a new solo business venture. Not the best timing for that either… 🙂

    Sure it will work out fine eventually for both of us but some tense weeks/months ahead no doubt.

    Best of luck to you sir

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your job loss, M. These are certainly unsettling, anxiety-provoking times.

    As always, your optimistic, can-do attitude shines through… I have no doubt you’ll find a way to successfully navigate this difficult time.

    My husband’s job is stable at the moment, but we are prepared for the worst. I’ve switched from investing every spare penny we have to holding most of it back “just in case”.

    Be well and safe, M. And keep us updated on your situation.

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    • Thanks for your kind words Chrissy, appreciate it! These times are uncertain for anyone and we have to deal with it the best we can.

      Happy to hear your husband’s job is stable. Either way, it never hurts to have some extra cash. Every action that can make you and your family feel more financially secure is important at this moment.

      Hope you and your family stay healthy and safe!

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