So it’s been almost a week now and I am finally in a mostly non-bitter, non-angry, minimally bummed place where I can let the world know of my current employment situation and not write anything I will later regret out of anger or shock. Yes, as of last Tuesday, I became another victim of “these economic times” and got laid off from my job of two plus years as New Media Director at a boutique PR firm. Since getting the news, I took some time to reflect on my life and evaluate what to do next.
Ironically, I sensed the end was near. Through what I believe was no fault of my own, my place of work was simply not doing well, and although I’d like to believe that I was indispensable, a part of me knew my days were numbered and that I would be the next victim.
I now plan on concentrating my efforts on finding the kind of work that will motivate me day in and day out, that will challenge me to be better, smarter and more creative than I ever thought I could be, and that will provide me with opportunities to meet new people, learn new things, build new communities, touch people’s lives with the written word (or at least make them laugh) and rise above the glass ceiling. My first real job in the industry taught me a great deal, gave me a good basic knowledge of the PR industry and the corporate world in general, taught me what I do want to do and what I don’t, showed me my strengths and weaknesses, and showed me that I am capable of being a lot more than just a waitress with a passion for writing.
So onward I go, to the next chapter of my life. As I may have mentioned before, I am a strong believer in the “Everything happens for a reason” mentality and am confident that this little “bump in the road” will lead me to a better place (Manhattan address) and a better job (six figures). A year from now, I hope to look back at this post and say, “yup, you were right!”
All that being said, friends, foes and random readers, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a job I may be a good fit for! I can write, set-up blogs, set-up social networking sites, build online communities, do publicity, marketing and more. And if you’re willing to pay me to do something I may not have mentioned, well just ask, because I’m a quick learner 🙂