So You’ve Lost Your Job

Life Happens

It can happen to anyone at anytime. Sometimes it is in your control but most times it’s not. It’s something that can be unexpected and quite upsetting until you change that setback into an opportunity to do something greater.

This happened to me and at first I was ashamed and embarrassed; that there must have been something that I could have done to prevent it from happening. It came as a shock but then I thought about how bored and frustrated I was in the position and the environment I was in. It took a few day but then I thought about it and took it for what it was. I felt under utilized at my position and often guilty because I had close to nothing to do; so it was somewhat of a relief that I had been let go. For me, this was a chance for me to find something that I wanted to do and to embark in a career that I was passionate about. It also gave me time to take care of myself, exercise and relax. It was so strange because a few days before it happened I had a dream and this odd feeling that told me I wasn’t going to be working for that company for much longer. To be honest, it was like a breath of fresh air and it was up to me to make lemonade out of lemons and make the best out of the situation I was in.

Plan of Action

The most important thing in this type of situation was to figure out ‘Where do I go from here?’, instead of complaining about it and stressing about the fact that it happened. The worst part about losing your job is that you lose your steady stream of income that you come to rely on to pay your bills and other expenses; I had recently paid off all of my personal line of credit debt in May, so I didn’t have too much money saved up. Normally this would stress me out to no end and the old me would be sitting at home throwing a pity party. However, I think once I changed my perspective on the situation I began to realize and understand that I had an undetermined amount of free time and that I could do whatever I wanted. After the change in my schedule and daily routine, I had the luxury of sleeping in and lazing around. At first, I took advantage of all the free time I had and took a lot of naps, ate if and when I felt like it and spent hours upon hours watching videos on YouTube and reading random articles about everything and anything. Some of it was for leisure but most of them were about personal development, confidence and changing your life. During this time, I discovered Trello, an app that allows you to post and keep track of whatever you want in the form of lists, checklists, etc. I created several boards and organized my life, my goals and my dreams. I find Trello very helpful and quite user-friendly, check it out Trello.

Another reason I probably didn’t freak out when I lost my full-time job is because I still had my part-time position; where I worked three nights a week. I became grateful for my part-time income . My mind started racing and I was confronted with the dilemma that if push came to shove, what could I do to earn an income. I began coming up with ideas about what I could possibly do and what I would need to do and learn and become in order to succeed in such a situation. I began to work on myself and my confidence, the way I looked at things and asked myself what I could change to live life more fully and efficiently.

During this time I also had time to update my resume, network and build connections and to take a step back and really make a decision about what my next move would be. I applied for several jobs at all hours during the day, making sure that my resume was customized and tailored to each and every job that I applied to. After applying to a number of different industries and positions, I told myself even if I don’t get a certain job, I could at least work on my interviewing skills and had nothing to lose.

Road to Success

Like most people, I applied for permanent and temporary positions, both full-time and part-time. I applied to employers directly as well as agencies. It took a few weeks but I am employed again. It’s just for a few months but we will see what happens after. I am more inclined about learning how to generate supplementary income that is not dependent on a job and since then I have made the decision to never put myself into a helpless situation like this ever again.

If you can control it, change it. If you can’t, find a way to make it work and move on.

Stay strong and beautiful!

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