As I sat wondering what to write about today, I decided to offer a little encouragement for those, like myself, who lost their jobs this year. Being laid off is not a judgment on your professional abilities. It is not an indication of your value in the marketplace it really is “Just Business.” Your ability to understand that is what makes you valuable to another company. I know it is stressful and worrying. It makes you anxious and self-conscious but this too shall pass. For me it clouded my other achievements throughout the year. To finish my MBA yet be unemployed is nerve-wracking. I had hoped to transition from one industry to the other seamlessly.
God had other plans for me. I was able to spend the summer with my children, finish school and take many camping trips. If you know me, you know I love camping! I was able to share this joy with my children who actually cried when we packed up the pop-up for the winter. I had plenty of time to think and focus on what was important to me for my next job and focus my strength on making these contacts. I really believe that we have not because we ask not. Partly because we don’t know what to ask for or what we truly want. I spent the last six months making a list for 2012.
Here’s my list:
1. To stay in Minnesota
I want to raise my children here. We are close to extended family and all the activities we enjoy are here. My husband grew up here.
2. Transition to business but stay creative
While I possess business acumen, I am an artist first. I am a visually stimulated human.
3. Share my knowledge and learn from others
I have always enjoyed working with people and helping them achieve their goals. I always wanted to be the type of boss I wanted to have.
4. Problem solving is key to my success
I love a good puzzle it keeps my mind sharp and I actually get a little giddy inside when I figure out a stumper!
5. Keep my schedule family friendly
My days of waiting until the FULL LID goes on at the White House are over!
Seems simple doesn’t it? But it was a lot longer in June and a lot more confused. I needed the time to sift through the basics. Sure compensation is important but remarkably, it was not in my top five. It is a negotiating point to get to the top five. So now, I know what I want and in 2012 and I intend to get it!
What do you really want? What are your negotiable points? What are your top five “must haves?” I assure you that when you were laid off there were at least five goals the business wanted to meet by laying you off. So don’t be bitter this new year, be prepared and know what you want. I wish you your list in 2012.