Right now, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. Economies have shut down, businesses permanently closed, and many people’s jobs are on the line.
Even before this pandemic, I know what it is to be unemployed. And I know how it feels to lose a job. Let me be clear; it sucks!
As with any loss in your life, experiencing the end of your employment hurts deeply and often requires time for healing. After all, in a moment, your livelihood was stripped away.
While you could wallow and pity yourself (everyone does), I know there is something bigger and better out there for you, which you should be pursuing, even during this crazy time.
Maybe you need to go back to school to get a degree. Perhaps start that business you had in mind since forever. Or polish up on some new skills. Whatever that is, now is your opportunity to take this negative situation and turn it into a positive one.
As mentioned, I’ve been there. Once upon a time, I lost both a well paying and career-advancing position. When it happened, I was so angry. I had worked my butt off over the years to get to that place finally, but in a second, everything came crashing done. Therefore, I questioned what to do next. Where would I go from there?
After I allowed my emotions to settle, weight lifted off of my shoulders. I no longer was working long hours, always on call, and in an environment that lacked good leadership. Money aside, I was stifled, unhappy, and stagnant. Nothing about that job helped me become better. Had I not been booted out, I would have stayed longer than I should have.
So, what seemed to be a disaster was indeed a blessing. In time, I found my true calling, and, ever since then, I have progressed tremendously.
I believe the same applies to you. You are full of talents, gifts, and abilities that this world needs. You have so much to offer. Unfortunately, not every employer will recognize your worth. But, who cares! You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.
Take this time while at home to determine your next career step. Network with friends, family, and former colleagues and get outside the box. Discover your passions and interests. Redo your resume and cover letter. Hop on social media. Apply to different jobs to cover expenses in the interim.
And remember, a job is just that: a job. You can find one anywhere. However, building a career that you’re passionate about in the right workplace takes time because good things are hard to find.
Cheer up! Enjoy your search. This life has more out there for you.