The sudden and unexpected layoff! Here today, gone tomorrow. Ouch! First, the shock sets in and What Now? What do I do first? Cry? or Call my friends and then cry some more?
Then comes the anger. I have devoted a large part of my life to this company. They could have at least given me more notice, a larger severance package, and the four weeks of paid vacation I never used!
I believe in allowing yourself a small and intimate pity party or a day in bed with the covers pulled over your head. But unfortunately, that wouldn’t pay the rent. So you push forward, a day at a time, sometimes an hour at a time. You give yourself breaks. Yes, you may have to cancel that gym membership; but you can take a walk.
Yes, there will be days that you will want to throw in the towel and feel completely defeated. That’s when you call a friend who you know will give you that much needed “kick in the butt” to propel you forward.
Once reality sets in, you realize that your resume is outdated. You have fallen behind on keeping in touch with your social media friends, followers and connections.
Remember that saying when things get tough, the tough go shopping! Not a terribly good idea unless it’s the Dollar Store.
But you need to get tough in order to move forward. Stay busy. Ask for help with your resume. Get your profile on social media sites ramped up, LinkedIn is where it’s happening! Let people know you are looking. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it is not a sign of weakness and research has shown that other people really do want to help others, it’s rewarding to them. Wouldn’t you help them if the situation was reversed?
So, try your best to stay positive and put a smile on your face 🙂
I would love to hear your thoughts/experiences and how you stay motivated?