Come What May…
Last Friday was my last day of employment with the company I’d worked at for 18 years. A company merger resulted in the downsizing of my position, and today I find myself unemployed for really the first time in my life since graduation. It is a strange feeling. Part lost. Part sad. Part fearful. Even part excited.
While I would have been perfectly happy to continue working for that company, this forces me to contemplate the many possibilities which have been previously unavailable (or at the very least, way off on the sidelines of my busy life). People have asked me what I am going to do, and I feel like a kid in a candy store being asked to choose one scrumptious morsel.
I can’t decide.
Therein lies most of the excitement and fear. I’m giddy with options and terrified I’ll pick the wrong one. Being forced to re-do my resume after all these years—last time I job-searched, social media and blogging didn’t even exist…nor did many of the individuals who are also job-searching!—was an epiphany of sorts. I see on paper the many skills I’ve honed over the years and the many significant project I’ve handled successfully. It’s empowering to see it, and I can’t help but preen a little at just how much of an asset I am for a potential employer.
So I’m not afraid to tackle my impending job search. Neither am I afraid of where this unknown and unclear path of unemployment will lead. On this, the first day of the new month, I embrace my new adventure. Because, come what may, I know I’ll be fine.