whether you were fired or laid off.
unexpectedly losing your job can be a really stressful
you begin to think about your responsibilities.
bills you need to pay.
people dependent upon you.
it can be a bit an ego killer.
if it was a job you loved
and ultimately one you thought you were good at.
i lost my job back in july.
at first i was embarrassed about it.
three years with this company
and then out the door i go.
of course i was stressed
i felt like i was disappointing the ones i loved
and cared for
especially my daughter
knowing that she benefited most from my health benefits.
for awhile i had been feeling confined to a job
that i felt was costing me more that what it was worth.
i was working in birmingham.
my daughter was on the east coast.
my blog was growing.
my mindset was shifting into something other
than sitting behind a desk 8 hours out of the day
determining benefits, eligibility and whether or not
something needed to remain unchanged
or reprocessed to pay.
now, don’t get me wrong.
i loved my job
but since i was a child
entrepreneurship was something
i always wanted to do and
because of the distance
i felt as though it was costing me
the relationship between mother and daughter.
and there are some things money just cannot buy.
did i have thoughts of quitting?
did i have the courage do to so?
so though i was let go
and was a bit sad
and yes, this has been a bit of a stressful time
i ultimately sucked it up.
and kept it moving
i didn’t have time to mope
or be depressed.
and unlike most full-time entrepreneurs
this wasn’t not something i was totally prepared for
but was more so forced into
so you lost your job
and now you’re wondering what in God’s name
are you to do with yourself.
1. set up a blog or website
i cannot stress enough how important it is
for you to establish yourself as a brand.
regardless of what track you decide to take in your career
having an entrepreneurial mindset is what will allow you
to further advance in whatever it is you decide to do.
so, when setting up your blog or website
include topics you are knowledgeable on
include your bio
and professional background
make yourself easily accessible by providing contact information
(having a professional e-mail is important and cheap through google ($5/mth))
2. modernize your resume
when applying for jobs.
sending out pitches.
proposals and etc.
set yourself apart by modernizing your resume.
the rule of thumb is to have one page
no more than two.
include a picture of yourself.
use appropriate color schemes.
make your words pop with bold
but professional fonts (no script please)
fit your resume to reflect the industry you are currently in
and/or are trying to tap into.
don’t be afraid to highlight your area of expertise
after all your resume is the golden standard for
“tooting your own horn”
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3. study your craft
aside from reading blog posts
and indulging in self-help books
one thing you can do is to
take online courses.
has become one of my favorite platforms
for courses on social media marketing
and even blogging
4. create your own opportunities
a lot of us (myself included)
lose our minds, literally
because we have not taken the time to find out who we are
outside of our 9-5.
we have not properly invested into the things
that we are passionate about
and/or make us feel purposeful.
now is the time to do so.
losing my job was surprising
but then it wasn’t
because i knew that i had been sitting on my potential for
far too long
and well lets just say
this was god’s way
of a lighting a fire under me.
wake up your potential
so though losing a job can be a very scary thing
it can also be empowering.
there is nothing more purposeful than building something
sustainable with your own two hands.