Being let go from a job can be a TRAUMATIC experience for anyone! In my situation it may have been easier to have been fired because I didn’t have what it took, but that wasn’t the case. I had left a job of 8 years that I loved to work for this company (the grass just looked so much greener on the other side lol). Flash forward to less than a year later and the company is being sold. The worst part…..it’s December! “Merry Christmas!!, We’re going to have to let you go.” I was devastated to say the least.
I’m not sure what hurt the most? I’d spent 9 years building my professional reputation in the community and in a single moment, it had all been taken away. All my hard work was being given to my replacement, the worst possible candidate (yes!, they replaced me). I lost my self-confidence. I wondered if my best wasn’t good enough. The numbers didn’t matter, but the relationships I had built, and the partnerships I created did matter. It was all politics and out of my control. All I can say to you at this moment, is to grieve, be sad, be angry, cry, drink the ENTIRE bottle of wine (or two, I won’t judge you). I was feeling the loss of both my jobs all at once and it HURT LIKE HELL.
After a couple of weeks I have taken a step back and began looking at the situation in a positive way. This was an opportunity I never would have taken on my own. I could be a mom again. Something I hadn’t had enough time for. I didn’t have to wear a bra all day (if I didn’t want, not saying I do this lol), I could visit with my grandparents, go back to school, volunteer, watch soap operas, maybe I’ll learn how to cook (that is a scary thought). I could do whatever the hell I wanted, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You forget what it’s like when you work in corporate America. Your life is summed up by your google calendar. You forget to enjoy all the little moments.
I’m having one of those moments when I ask myself, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”. I can’t be the only one that is having a life changing moment. So I’ve decided to blog about it. I’m going to put on my mom panties (Ashley & Kate: I will forever think of you when I say that and laugh) and take a giant leap of faith.
Welcome to my blog!
Below are some tools that are helping me with my job search!
File for Unemployment (if eligible) – Each state sets its own guidelines. The site Careeronestop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has been a great starting point if you have know idea; like me.
Clean up your social media – Make sure everything is appropriate. If you question it, TAKE IT DOWN! I would recommend to Google your first and last name along with the city and state. You never know what might pop up that your future employer could see.
Work on a Personal Budget – Do your math and know your bills. This was hard for me. I HATE BUDGETS! I love to spend money. The web page: www.mint.com is a great resource for keeping me organized.
Brush up your resume – Before you start applying for jobs, take the time to update your resume.
Write cover letters –Your cover letter needs to be a persuasive letter, to let the employer know, why you are the perfect candidate for the job. I found that Microsoft word had some great FREE templates to get you started! Remember that each cover letter should be written for each job you’re applying for. Every job is different.
Have references – Line up a few references before you start the interview process. Make sure they are professional referenced, not your friends.
Practice interviewing –I had not done a REAL interview in 9 years and was terrified! First impressions are everything! Practice, and practice some more, then probably practice just a little bit more. I found that indeed.com and themuse.com had some of the most popular interview questions employers ask. Go into your interview with the mentality you something great to offer the company.
Research the company your interviewing for – Find out everything you can about the company you’re getting ready to interview with. At least learn about what the company does.
Job search – Use job search engines such as www.indeed.com. I know this will sound strange, but check craigslist. Be careful with it, but smaller companies will advertise there. Your local Chamber of Commerce or a lot of major companies have their own now hiring sections on their websites.
Thank you emails – take a minute to always send a thank you email and a follow up, it says a lot about the type of employee you will be.
Connect with your network – Use LinkedIn, and other professional and personal networks to help you in your job search.