Is There Life Beyond A Job Loss?

  1. Dress Up: If you have been dressing up sloppily then change your habits, the new world is all about presentation. No need for an Armani suit but look neat and tidy. At times the job loss reflects in an overgrown beard with hair looking worse than a tree in a tornado. Wear decent clothing when you leave home even to get your groceries, trust me you’ll feel better.
  2. Depression doesn’t help: I have been there so trust me that you end up waking with a worse feeling than you had entered the “D” zone of self-loathing and cribbing about how the world is all so unfair. Do whatever it takes to get this evil off your back. Go for a jog, meditate, watch TV, pray etc, do whatever but do not sit idle and feel sorry for yourself.
  3. You're good at something: You spent many years doing something or the other in some organization(s) and by this time you must be doing it darn too well. Now get on with it and see how can you turn it into a business venture. SME’s and Private Business owners are always looking for experts even on a part-time basis. Sharpen the saw and get on with a plan to work part-time while looking for a job; you never know something might come up. You’re looking for a job, aren’t you? Your resume says that you can do x, y and z; well do the same on a part-time basis in the meantime. The only catch is that you’ll have to leave the couch and find the people who are looking for your talent and there are plenty of them, trust me.
  4. Make notes of your skill sets: Write down and make extensive notes of your skills. You have to get into a habit of writing down and coming to a killer proposition for your product; the product is YOU and it better be presentable and clear to the audience.
  5. Read or Watch as much as you can: We have lost touch with this great treat for the mind, we would rather watch 2 hours of stupid “YouTube” videos of dogs falling asleep in the laps of retired grandmothers but won't spend 20 minutes reading an interesting article on a field relevant to yours. There is everything available on YouTube that is of relevance to us in terms of a career move and all it takes is discipline and perseverance. I have been trying to do something with a great friend of mine, Iman Soltani for the past 6 months and we haven’t been able to find a common ground. We haven’t given up and still get through the grit regularly to see if we can find something new and I am sure that it would come soon.
  6. Write Wacko plans and share with friends: Every idea at its inception was crazy including Mcdonald, Uber, Denim Jeans, Facebook etc. This world belongs to the crazy people and we end up reading their autobiographies and case studies in MBA classes. The people who challenged the norm did not care about the next paycheck. My personal hero is Elon Musk, this guy dreams and gets it done. http://www.biography.com/people/elon-musk-20837159. This guy has a brain on super drive with a twin-turbo and is changing the world like no other. He does everything that is unconventional and breaks the norm including rubbing the wall street continuously on the wrong side and gets away with it every time. Ever wondered why all the greats in business emerge from the US? Its because the country allows you to think. And you my friend can think as well if you let your mind go free.
  7. Don’t be afraid of rejections, embrace them: Most people would out rightly and snubbingly reject your ideas and even make fun of it; it's because they are afraid of your freedom. They are doing this to hide their own in-capabilities to get out of their personal Zoos. They would advise you to sit in front of your laptop screen and pray for some recruiter to send you an email in response to the 20000 CV’s that you posted. Enjoy the occasions and keep away from the negative people, they are the worst to be around.
  8. Share, Share, Share: Talk to people, send me an email and I will also get you some more tips on how to get on with your plans.

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Najib

Najib

Aspiring Author striving for 9 to 5 Independence. Writes about the challenges of daily life. Loves hearing from fellow writers regarding their journeys….