You didn’t expect it, but you were blindsided by a notice. What should you do now? It is time to start your next journey.
The road hasn’t ended. It has just begun. There are new challenges, new opportunities, and a new job waiting for you. Where should you start?
1. Chin Up: This is a good time to keep your chin up. It seems hopeless if you let your mind go there. Don’t. A positive attitude will go a long ways. You can ‘think’ yourself into a better role, a better job, and a new opportunity. Remain positive.
2. Be Physical: You have probably been working too many hours and surrounding yourself by work work work. What have you been leaving off your list? I challenge you to make a list of physical activities that you love (or at least you use to love) doing. It could be rollerskating, batting cages, walking in nature, jogging, jump rope, hoola hoop, kayaking, etc. It could be something you’ve always wanted to try but never have. Find a friend with the gear, borrow it, and get going doing something physical. Try to pick something that you can work into a daily or twice a week routine.
3. Be an Entrepreneur: If you are worried about money, be very creative. What are you great at? Are you good at planning vacations, cooking, grocery shopping, organizing, clothes shopping? Your working friends have needs that they cannot fulfill. They may want to schedule a golf game or an outing but never have time. Offer services to your friends and to your network for rates that you think work for them and you. You may be surprised at what you accomplish. Think outside the box. Maybe a working friend has an elderly mother or father that needs checking in on occasionally; figure out an arrangement that works. Remember, the definition of entrepreneur involves ‘risk and considerable initiative’. Take initiative. You will find a way.
4. Socialize: In many ways you need to socialize.
- Investigate social media. It could be your key to getting your next job. If you aren’t on LinkedIn, create a free profile. Create a page on Facebook. Create a Twitter account. Begin linking to people you know online. Start ‘connecting’.
- Lunch. Coffee or lunch with your old co-workers from a previous employer. Connect with people that you had strong working relationships with in the past. Ask for their advice.
- Like minded groups. Find a like minded group with which to join. It could be a trade organization, a cultural club (like the Italian Club), a church, or any other group that allows people to bind together for a common cause. Consider volunteering some of your time at your favorite charity. You will meet great people.
- Friends. You want to hibernate. Nope, this is not allowed. Reach out to your friends to support you. It’s a requirement and a mandate if you really want to find that next opportunity. There is no time to feel sorry for yourself. You can do that after you find your next opportunity.
5. Read Up: You have been too busy working to read up on all the latest news in your work area. Spend this time educating yourself on the latest trends and discussion tracks. Research and investigate the companies that you’d like to work for. Read their annual reports. Search the web and read the bios of their leadership team. Look for posts on them in blogs. Become knowledgeable about all the things that interest you.
6. Organize: Organize your house, your closet, your kitchen and everything around you. Find things around the house that you don’t need. Either choose to donate them or sell them on ebay. You probably have hundreds of dollars lying around your house in things that you don’t need, don’t like or don’t use. Organized environments lead to more organized people. Create a Work Success Folder. Create a folder that documents every piece of success that you have attained in the work setting. Gather emails of praise and letters/notes from clients. Find documentation of classes that you completed and education that you’ve achieved. Even if you don’t use it for the interview, it will help remind you of your accomplishments for your interviews.
7. Family: Life is short. You’ve probably missed family events and gone without visiting for some time. Plan a visit. Take a trip home. Life’s events happen for a reason. Make this a positive event in your life. Plan a connection. Take a trip with a family member. Life is short. Make the most of your situation.
by Bethany Williams