One of the first things you should do after you lose your job is to file for unemployment benefits. This should be one of the first things you want to do. The reason I cannot stress this enough is that being unemployed is a perfect opportunity to get some money from the government you normally might not be able to get. You need to be aware that there is some paperwork you will need to do in order to claim your benefits. You will also need to wait before getting approved. Sometimes it might take you a few weeks to be approved for social benefits. Do not get discouraged and apply for benefits as soon as you discover that you are eligible.