Posted on August 29, 2017
Recently there have been quite a few people in my circle losing their jobs or being laid off. Hence the reason I was inspired to write this post. I have been laid off in the past so I definitely understand the struggle. When I had my first job after college, the thought of losing or leaving that job was quite scary to me. Especially since I invested a few years of being a loyal employee there. I knew of nothing else. However, I must say when I did get laid off it felt oddly enough relieving to me. Naturally I felt terrible at first but once I put my resources to work and finally landed a new job, I realized life goes on. So cliché right?
If you recently were laid off or let go from your job, here are a few things to remember:
You will feel bad at first which is natural but after you allow yourself to emotionally deal with the situation for a few days, submerge yourself in positivity. A new opportunity will present itself sooner than you think, it may even be better than the position you previously held. (Of course you must do the leg work.) As the saying goes when one door close another one opens.
Control What You Can
Be proactive, update your resume, search for a new job, network with people whatever you do, do not focus your energy on things you can not change. Once the job is gone it is time to move on. I had to learn the hard way, there is no true job security. When you are no longer at a job someone will replace you. Companies will always make the best “economical” business decision that protects their interest. Unfortunately, often times they are not concerned about you as an individual. This is why I take my vacations and do not feel bad about it. What can I say I need my me time.
Nuture Your Creative Side
It is so easy to forget yourself while working on someone else’s dream via their company. With your newly freed up time tap into your creative side.
Pick up an old hobby, invest time in that business idea you have been putting off, take time to be free, create, and reset. Simply, allow yourself to have an emotional break from working for someone else which can drain the life out of you. Focus your energy on refilling yourelf spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Supplement Your Income
Hopefully, while you have been working, you also saved up for a rainy season. Financial Advisors recommend that you save 3-6 months of living expenses. Whether or not you saved, during this transition phase you should be eligible to collect your unemployment checks. They are there to help supplement your income until your next gig.
I no longer look at jobs as a source of security because you can be in a position one day and gone the next. So take it one day at a time, find something you love to do, and never forget to nuture yourself.
“Do it with passion or don’t do it at all.”– Unknown
Remember you only have one life to live so do it to the best of your ability.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post. Feel free to comment below with your advice for dealing with a lay off or losing a job.
Peace & Love,