I got laid off. Now what?

No doubt 2020 brought a lot of change for everyone, and I happened to be 1 out of the millions of people who lost their job. Surprisingly I wasn’t let go because of COVID19, but actually because of the merging of two companies. 

A few months before we were laid off, I felt the shift in the company. The air seemed more tense and I would hear rumors, but I figured it was due to the merger so I didn’t pay it too much mind. I started to feel a decline in motivation and feeling a lack of purpose, I knew it was time for a change. I always knew I wanted to go into work for myself, so I started an Online blog and began working as a Freelancer on the side. Soon after, I had a conversation with my boss to let him know that I was considering going full time with my business and that I’d be letting him know whether I’d be continuing with the company.

About a week and a half later, in a regular virtual meeting with our bosses, they let us know that our positions were being removed. 

I guess the universe had finally decided for me. 

No matter if you saw it coming or not, getting laid off sucks. Even though I planned to leave the company I still felt a sense of panic, I mean I do still have bills. So right away I began spicing up my Resume and LinkedIn profile. (LinkedIn is a great place to find a new position fairly quickly, Also, sites like Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and Ziprecruiter.com can provide fast jobs in case you’re ever in a sticky situation.) But really, I took it as a sign to continue on with my business, so I got serious about it. I used the extra time to learn new skills, become educated in the line of business I wanted to go into, and do everything I needed to do to reach my goals. 

Life throws curve balls, and 2020 is the toughest pitch of my existence. But, taking this time Quarantined in the house and laid off has really motivated me to do what I’ve always wanted to do. Maybe being an entrepreneur is not your goal, either way this is a great time for reflecting on what you really want.

If you’re someone in need of a new job, check out my article on making your LinkedIn Profile Attractive for Recruiters!

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