Laid Off Due to COVID-19; Now What?

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Were you one of the many hundreds of thousands of people recently laid off?

For some of you it may be the very first time in your work history you have had to claim unemployment. Perhaps that brings with it some shame, guilt, or other feelings you're not sure how to express. For many it has brought stress and angst. What if you chose to embrace this experience instead of resisting it?

For many of us this time has enabled us to simply slow down and enjoy our hobbies, such as gardening, crafts, reading, biking or sewing. It has also given us back precious time to spend with our kids and close family members.

I don't know about you, but it has been wonderful being able to catch my breath. I've enjoyed being safe in my home as it has enabled me to complete many different projects I have been putting off. I've rearranged my office, painted some furniture, cleaned out my closets and kitchen cabinets, and organized paper files. I've cooked so many new and different recipes. I've planted a vegetable garden for the first time in many years, and I have had the time to go on leisurely walks and enjoy nature.

I'd like to encourage you to think about the gift that has been given to us. "Gift? Are you crazy?" I can hear you exclaim! Yes, it's a gift! While none of us wanted to be laid off from a job that we have had for a while, and perhaps even a job we liked; I'd like to ask you, when was the last time you stopped to ask yourself if you were truly happy doing that job? There is indeed a silver lining in all of this.

What is the gift, what is the silver lining? TIME. Time to really assess how much you enjoyed your previous job, time to soul search and uncover what it is that brings you fulfillment at work. Time to explore different career paths and options. Time to take a step back and assess if you can work less hours, and change your lifestyle to be able to spend more time at home with your kids. Time to rethink how you wish to spend your time making money.

You can take some time to explore the idea of starting our own business; (you know that idea that has been in the back of your mind for a while.) If this path intrigues you, may I suggest that you reach out to my friend, Laurean Kile, of Launch Collective, she can help you get visible, get connected and get launched in your new business.

If you need help getting clarity on changing career paths, updating your resume or brushing up on your interviewing skills, please reach out. If you need to polish up your LinkedIn profile and don't know where to start, give me a call. I would be happy to assist you in transitioning into your next job, or navigating a change in your career path. Make the most of being laid off and use this time to choose your next job intentionally!

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