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Losing your job and standing at a fork in the road…..

Losing Your Job, Change is good until it happens to you!

Change is good until it happens to you!  Having heard this expression my whole adult life and never fully understanding the implications of this statement held true until I lost my job due to the economy crashing post 2008.  Suddenly my comfortable little world I lived in was foreign with no direction what so ever.  The sick feeling in my stomach and fear of the unknown are the first memories that come flooding back when I hear of people losing their jobs or livelihoods.   Fear not!  Nothing is worse as it seems!

If you have or are personally going through losing your job due to recent events, this is a great time for reflection and renewal.  I know what you are thinking, easy for you to say you have a job!  Believe me I had the same thought!  Sometimes events in our journey here on earth force us to open our eyes to see the forest through the trees. 

My “involunteered” time off led me to bigger and better things in both my working life and personal life.  I decided to become an Engineer and never looked back.  Today over ten years later I am still ever so grateful losing my job led me to my current career and businesses.  A positive outcome can happen for you as well!

Here are the steps I went through to choose my next turn in the game of life:

  • Keep a daily gratitude journal –  gratitude never hurt anyone and helps you keep a positive vibration and state of mind.  Example entries: thankful for the amazing sunrises that bring a new day each day, you have mad skill sets you have acquired so far in life, thank goodness we still have food and shelter and do not live in some aquatic “water world” haha 🙂 etc.
  • Think about what experiences you enjoy the most.  Is it cooking? Traveling? Teaching?
  • If you could choose a new path for a career what would it be?  Would you pursue the same position you formerly were employed as?  Pursue a new career path in a different industry?  Start your own business?
  • Make a list of the pros and cons for your previous answers to questions listed above
  • Listen to your intuition or “your gut” as to what feels right in answering these questions. 
  • Choose your new path and formulate a game plan – remember small steps or little bites at a time in planning to avoid being overwhelmed.
  • Make daily achievable goals and keep progressing forward.  YOU CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING
  • Remember to breath and keep your chin up.  You are an amazing human being and on a journey with hills and valleys.

Solutions to help you on the path forward to replacing your lost job

1. New Resume

I highly recommend keeping your new resume simple in format that is easy for Human Resource personnel to skim through.  Your resume needs to include an objective or outline section at the top of the resume for computer bots to read.  Think of the computer bots as gatekeepers searching for keywords.  Read a great article on Glassdoor.com about bots found here.  When keywords are found that match the applied to job description, the bot then sends your resume on to Human Resources personnel.

Chris Essentials Resume Recommendation:

The Just Find Me A Job Resume Template
The Just Find Me A Job Resume Template

2. Start Your Own Business with a Business Plan Template

This business plan takes all the guess work out of business plan creation with its easily customizable plug and play features. No need to be a professional or have business plan knowledge. This is a tried and true template that has been used to fund many successful business ventures leaving lasting legacies for decades to come. Model what works. It is easy, effortless and efficient.

Chris Essentials Business Plan Recommendation:

Essentials Business Plan
Essentials Business Plan

3. Create Your Own Website

Regardless of the social media platform you use websites are still vitally important.  Think of your website as your home location on the internet to send others to regardless of restriction or location.  Send your potential customers here to gather information that will help them find the solutions they are seeking.  Win-Win for both parties!

Chris Essentials Website Recommendation:

Create Your Own Ready Made Business Website
Create Your Own Ready Made Business Website

Just remember better things are always in store for you!  There are many tools and resources online available to research your new-found chosen career path.

Wishing you all the best!


Chris Catalano

9 thoughts on “Losing your job and standing at a fork in the road…..”

  1. Thanks so much for the encouragement and resources! I lost my job just recently and am at a loss on how to proceed forward. I am realizing more and more maybe change can be a good thing! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the link to the glassdoor.com article regarding resume bots. Never knew there was such a thing.

  3. I have used two of your products, the resume template and the business plan which, I found very helpful. It takes time to figure out what to do when things don’t go as planned, but I can say the tools that you have supplied have helped me take a true assessment of my current situation. Thank you!

  4. Great article and resources! Very nice for people to know they aren’t alone when losing a job and that there are resources and people out there willing to help you make the next step. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this!

  5. Great resources and information for anyone looking to start over or change careers. Times are crazy and jobs security is uncertain. Def things to think about going forward.

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