Staying positive and focusing on all the things I’d missed while working has taken the sting out of the initial shock of being laid off. I’m choosing to look at this as a well-earned break with ample time to research my next move—at least until I’m dipping into my 401(k) or relocating to a trailer park.
Staying positive after a lay-off is hard. We associate our jobs as a part of ourselves. Professional networks become a second family. Knowing that we won’t be able to listen to or talk about our work is incredibly difficult to realize. Sometimes, our job is more than our job. It’s our passion.
We’re here for you.
We’ve spoken to and seen patrons from all walks of life come in to the library. For whatever reason, they’re there because they need help. As librarians, we can direct the members of our community to places that can serve the role of a Career Counselor or a Life Coach. We can also provide and teach the tools to success in your career. That’s why we want to help: because we are here in your town, for you. We have the tools and the knowledge to do so.
Elizabeth Alterman has written an excellent article on lessons learned after being laid off. Give it a read and think about how it can help you improve your chances of getting a job.