Yes, it happens. Organizations change and shift. Things happen that are outside of your control and no matter how good you think you are, you can find yourself in this situation. This happened to me – it wasn’t pleasant but it did teach me some really important things.
- Find passion in your work. When you get let go you spend a lot of time reflecting on “what went wrong” and “what you could have done differently.” For me, I felt regret. I was mad that I spent so many hours away from my young family and put so much energy into a job that really wasn’t that great for me. Find passion in your work. Make sure the hours you spend doing something are worthwhile.
- Your network is your net worth. I found myself calling on people from my network out of the blue. This isn’t good. These conversations would have been much better had I been nurturing my network. Social media networks makes this so easy now. There are no more excuses.
- Stay focused. Sometimes these situations are desperate. I found myself applying for roles that were nowhere near a good fit for me and when the recruiter called to ask if I really wanted my career to go in this direction, I didn’t have a good answer. Stay focused on what makes sense for you. Keep your eye on the prize.
- Be positive. Looking back, this was a good forced change for me and I am so thankful for it – not only for the personal growth but for the shift in the direction of my career. I’m a big believer in “things happen for a reason.” Be positive and keep perspective.
If you’re wondering what happened to that girl – she ended up finding a new role at her company and she lived happily ever after.