I think it’s worth being real about this, as it seems to be a slightly taboo topic. The first thing I was told after it happened was not to broadcast it and to just dig deep into looking for a new job. I took that advice, possibly to my disadvantage. This happens to employees every day all over the world, yet few talk about it. I wrote out these lessons as a way to process them and to remind myself of what’s important while I was still looking for a new job.
- I really liked that job. It let me marry my two passions, animal science and social media, as well as stay in my home state.
- Now I have to choose between my two passions once again, unless I want to (most likely) move to another state.
- Never get too comfortable and always keep improving yourself, your job performance, and your working relationships.
- Stay valuable to the people around you. My boss was in another branch and the team in my branch often didn’t know what I was working on, so eventually they lost touch with the value I was bringing to the company.
- When I got the job, I said “I made it here, now what?” I now know the answer: I should have been investing in myself throughout my period of employment.
- I need to invest in myself now more than ever.
- I should have been checking in and engaging with those in my network throughout my period of employment.
- It’s really hard to get out of the ‘cash is flowing’ mindset and into the ‘you’re about to be broke as a joke, so get your act together’ mindset.
- I do NOT want to move back in with my parents.
- Unemployment services is there to help, if they can, and are nice people.
- I think I know what a very sudden, very devastating breakup feels like now. It’s really difficult emotionally.
- I’ve been set free and my next move could be one of many options!
- No one else has the answer for what to do next. It’s all up to me, and I can’t afford to sit back paralyzed with fear and indecision. This is my life and I am in control of it. It’s up to me to remain positive, maintain my confidence, and figure it out.
Read the rest of my series on finding a new job here: