Finance Fridays – How To Survive Being Laid Off, Part 1
Well after many years of contract work, I will be starting my first full time job in a little over a week. Since I know there are still a lot of people out there looking for work, I thought I would dedicate Friday’s to some strategies I have felt helpful.
First let’s talk about the elephant in the room, Depression. Guess what? It’s normal, it happens, move forward. You are allowed to feel sorry for yourself for one day every two weeks. Go wild, eat a pint of ice cream or all the chocolate soft centers from the Easter basket, then pull up your big kid pants and knock it off.
You need to understand that life isn’t fair. No one is going to knock on your door and hand you a dream job. Let that sink in for a minute. No one is going to knock on your door and hand you a dream job. You need to go out and look. This is a depressing exercise in and of itself but just keep powering through it. Understand that sending three hundred resumes a month into the black hole of death with no response is normal. But here is the up side, getting a job is like playing the lottery. You have to apply to win. So choose to be a winner! Understand that your job now is finding a job and that means actively looking for a job. Dedicate at least 4-5 hours each work day looking for work.
Also understand that work is work. NO job is beneath you. Do you like eating? Do you like a roof over your head? Then take what you can get even if it isn’t up to your standards of what you think you “should” have. You never know what doors may be opened on a path you had previously not considered before. Sitting at home, chatting on Facebook and eating gummy worms day in and day out will not get you employed.
Get outside! A good way to lift your spirits is to take a walk outdoors. It costs you nothing and helps recharge your creative batteries.
Invest in yourself! One of the big movements in this economy is the growth of home business. What do you like to do? What are you able to do? What are you passionate about? There are many things you can market via Craig’s List and other avenues to bring in some extra money. Examples: handyman, house sitter, dog walker, tutor, music teacher, personal chef or making various crafts on Etsy. Seriously consider what kind of business you are and promote that. It gives you something to occupy your mind, teaches you new skills and brings in some extra cash.
NOTE: While planning is all well and good, you must actually move forward with your idea in order to be effective. Having a notebook full of ideas you never executed, wastes your time. Your time is valuable. You are investing in yourself, remember? You are worth it and you need to have faith in you. Just remember that when you feel down and bad, find the one small thing that will move you forward. You need to be your own best friend, cheerleader and boss. You need to have faith in you and your work ethic then go out and make it happen!
Next Friday – Networking (What is it, how to do it, does it work, should I bother)
Everyone should read these, there have never been truer words spoken.