Coming Back To Life After Being Laid Off

Since my career started after graduating college, I have always maintained a job until two Fridays ago. At that point I had a fear that I had never realized before and that was how I was going to support my family. It really did not even hit me till I sat at the dinner table that night with my family. I actually got choked up while observing my kids and wife. I think it hit me that I did not have a job anymore. All of a sudden I realized that I needed to make some quick decisions. Since I had a side company, I decided to setup a quick website and start working on the dream I had always had... working for myself.

I was laid off on a Friday and the next Monday I was able to land my first consulting gig with a team of great people which was a huge boost for my morale. I owe it all to great friends that helped me find the job and others who helped keep my chin up. When some people lose their job, they get so depressed that it is hard to think positive and bounce back. This is the main reason why I decided to write this post, because for a short period of time I thought the same and I wanted to share with others that they can bounce back too. I never thought this would ever happen to me and it did! This tells me it can happen to anyone but the important thing is to understand that this is a tough economy and it is sometimes not anyone's fault, it is just the side affect of the current market. The most important thing is to never let the skills you are good at fade away. Even if you move into a management role, it is important to keep your chops up to date.

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Posted by: BayerWhite
Posted on: 1/19/2010 at 2:37 PM
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