We are all “works in process”- Being molded and shaped by our experiences both personally and professionally.
During your transition after a layoff, this process can be painful and enlightening. You have lost part of your professional identity, your friends and your routine. You feel the financial pressures and anxiety that comes from the uncertainty of what is next. Turn this into a positive opportunity of self awareness, awareness about yourself and a new beginning.
One of my favorite sayings is,
“Life is a journey, not a destination” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are no decisions that are truly wrong- as long as you have made them.
Here are some reminders/tips to help you with your journey:
- Be sure of who you are
- Be certain about what brings you joy and fulfillment
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
- Try really hard to be the same authentic person in the workplace and at home
- Don’t be afraid to be YOU
- Don’t ignore the obvious
- Moving in any direction is usually better than not moving at all
- Seek the love and support of friends and family
As this week begins, what will you do to start your unique journey?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.