What To Do When Life Hands You Lemons: A Lay Off Story



My department at work was eliminated and I was just told that my last day is Friday.

I am so sick with the plague (otherwise known as the head cold that could bring down civilizations) that I can barely react to this news.

I am a long-term employment type of gal and worked at my former job for four and a half years. There are lots of great memories and people who I hope to keep in touch with.

So what to do now?

Losing your job during one of the worse economic times in the past few decades is not ideal. Losing your job when your spouse is a fulltime student is even less so. So instead of curling up in the fetal position and feeling sorry for myself, I will be proactive.

This past year of working my butt off from Couch-to-5K to running a half marathon has given me the confidence to branch out. To strive for something greater. Did I love my last job and see myself doing it forever? Not really. Does this trying situation give me the opportunity to try something new? I hope so.

It is a lucky coincidence that a political junky is in need of employment during an election year in a swing state in a swing area that is bound to need paid staffers. It is also lucky that my new found interest in social media seems to be a growing industry that may have some openings in Central Florida.

Moving Forward

I need to update my resume and reach out to all of my contacts. Here is to hoping that someone in my extended network knows of an opening. Until then, I will keep my head up and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other.

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Have you been negatively effected by the economic downturn?

Do you know of any job openings in Central Florida? If so, please feel free to send them my way.

14 thoughts on “What To Do When Life Hands You Lemons: A Lay Off Story

  1. Oh Dina, I am so sorry! But I must say I’m SO impressed with your attitude. I would certainly be in the fetal position right now.

    I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open for you. Would you want to work for a specific party/candidate or more in media position? I’ll be looking everywhere for you and sending all sorts of positive job hunting vibes your way!
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  2. The exact same thing happened to me last year! I considered it a blessing in disguise, though. I didn’t like what I was doing and I was able to take some time to decide what I really want to do. It was rough and I definitely know where you’re coming from…hang in there and try not to let yourself get too down! It sounds like you have a good attitude though :) maybe take some time to do some fun things you didn’t have time for while you were working…that’s how I’ve kept myself busy! Best of luck!
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