The day I was laid off was tough. Not money tough or fear tough or what am I going to do tough. It felt personal. No matter who said what, if felt like getting fired for not being good enough. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share all of that on my blog, of getting laid off and the process I was going through. Well, I did. I posted a blog post about losing my job and it became one of the most read, most commented on posts I have written.
The gift in that, beyond continuing to always use my blog as a way to
help others, be a voice for the voiceless and build bridges, was that
our blog readers were incredibly supportive of the process I was going
through. For that I am beyond grateful and want to say thank you to all
of you who wrote messages of support.
During my 22 days of being unemployed I learned a lot. I learned that
there is a stereotype or even prejudice around the unemployed and that
even folks who are unemployed don't like telling people that. I was
having a wonderful conversation with this guy, and his whole interaction
with me changed when I told him that I was unemployed. I was blown
My experience of being unemployed was short lived. I am grateful for
that. I am also grateful for the huge amount of friends and colleagues
who invited me to coffee or lunch, called to check in, told me about a
job, helped with my resume and cover letters, gave a gift card of some
kind or swung by the house with a hug and flowers. The support I got was
incredible and I hope all of us can be as supportive whenever a friend
loses their job.
On my 22nd day of being unemployed I accepted an offer at an agency in
town that helps homeless teens. I am super excited and can't wait to
start! I will continue in fundraising, which is what I love to do.
I hope to write an e book about searching for a job. I will keep you
posted. I also made changes on my fundraising blog, adding links to job
search websites in an effort to help folks still looking for a job.